“If you get enough sleep, you won’t have trouble getting up”. Easier said than done right? Waking up to that annoying ringing noise telling you to get up from your cozy bed and head to that 8AM class can be the one of the worst things. But it doesn’t have to be. Here are some suggestions to give you that extra push in the morning.
Download the Wake n Shake app
This free app is just like an alarm-clock but with a catch: you have to shake your device aggressively to turn off the sound. This is a great way to not move like a slug out of bed and into your day. Some people may hate this method, while others love it. I personally use the app and I’m not exaggerating when I say you have to really shake it to disable it.
Open the windows
When you get up in the morning there is nothing that wakes you up quite like natural light. This natural way to alert yourself in the morning shifts your body from sleep mode to wake-up mode. Since I leave my house within 20 minutes of getting up, I immediately feel a change in alertness when I walk outside for a few minutes. If your schedule allows so, try going on a morning walk or sit on the porch for a couple of minutes before beginning your day.
Put your phone across the room
This is another technique that makes you put an effort into getting up. If the alarm is in arm’s reach, you are more likely to hit that snooze button. I know it’s hard to wake up and not reach for your alarm clock or your phone. But, it forces you to get up and move.
Call your mom
Yeah this sounds like a strange one, but it helps! Remember who used to wake you up in grade school? Who wouldn’t let you hit that invisible snooze button? Mom. Talking to someone you’re close to can charge you up and it is said that talking to your mom is stress-relieving.
5.Create a “Jazz-you-up” playlist
If you haven’t already done so, select 5-6 songs that you can sing along with in your head or out loud. In addition to this, try to only listen to this playlist when you get up. You could look forward to waking up just to listen to this playlist!
As a college student, these are just a few of the things that help me with my morning struggles. Think you have a better idea? Tell us in the comment section below!
Adjusting to college can be hard. Sometimes we aren’t sure how to adjust to taking on courses completely on our own. Gone are the days of hands outs and printed notes. Taking notes can be a struggle. Here are the standout struggles we found and how we suggest dealing with them!
“Can’t the professor slow down?”
Sometimes, professors can talk a bit speedy. It’s easy to miss what they say. There are a few solutions to this problem. One way is to read material before going to class. This isn’t always the most popular option, as many students try to skip the reading. But you really should read before so you have an idea of the material. You can also print any PowerPoints or information before class that will guide you as you take notes. You can also stop by your professor’s office hours to ask any questions. If anything, Omega Notes might have the notes you need!
“I get too distracted.”
One of the best ways to make sure you focus more is to sit up front. Honestly, being closer to the professor will help you stay focused on him or her and what he or she is saying. Make sure you put your phone away in your bag. If you keep it in your pocket, you might be more tempted to take it out during lecture. Also, maybe skip sitting next to your friends who may be notorious for keeping conversation during class.
“My handwriting isn’t the best.”
In an earlier blog, we talked about how hand writing your notes may make it easier to remember the material. Sometimes thought, when we look back we can’t really tell what we were attempting to write. The best advice for this is to retype your notes right after class. You’ll remember what you were trying to say in the notes you wrote, and it can help you retain information by going over it again. Plus, if you type your notes you’ll be able to upload them right away and get some money. It’s a win-win!
“I can’t keep things organized.”
This is something you’ll learn in time. The best way to organize notes is to group information by chapter. Date all your notes so you’ll know when they’re taken. Keep headings on any major topics and underline any key words. Again, maybe look at your notes after class and work on reorganizing them after you intially hear it.
“I don’t like the class.”
So college has these wonderful things called “gen eds.” It can be hard to get interested in them when you know they aren’t applied to the actual field you want to study. The trick is in choosing the right gen eds. Most schools offer an extremely large variety. You just have to search to find one that really will catch your interest. You may dread taking an art course because you don’t think you’ll like drawing, but there could be an art class on music! Just be sure to really look when you choose.