Whether you think Political Science is an interesting topic or not, having it as a 7 AM class can be a whole different experience for students who are not used to early morning classes. Some people just have a hard time focusing when they first wake up. The 7 tips below will hopefully be a guide for surviving and succeeding a 7 AM Political Science course at CSUF.

Tip 1. Figure out how long it takes you to get ready 

Whether you are a morning person or not, every college student loves and needs sleep. To survive a 7 AM, a student needs to figure out the bare minimum amount of minutes it takes to get ready. That way, you can sleep in as much as possible, especially if you are lacking sleep. Also, try not to plan on having another class until the afternoon so that you can take a nap after class if you are tired.

Tip 2. Find a professor who loves Political Science 

Even if you love the subject, Political Science can be a lot to take in, especially at 7 in the morning. You need a professor who is upbeat and engaging  to keep you and the rest of the class awake and entertained. Most professors understand the struggle of having a 7 AM class. Many students tend to doze off, play on their cell phones, or just don’t seem to care. Professor Melissa Bourbonnais was the absolute perfect teacher at Cal State Fullerton because she always made the class fun and was always excited about her job. Professors at Cal State Fullerton understand the stress students are under and try to be as engaging as possible, especially for a 7 AM.

Tip 3. Before tests, wake up a little early

Although sleep is the best thing for the mind and body, waking up a little early before a test is a good idea. If students are not awake for an early morning test, they may not be able to achieve as much as they could if they were awake. Try making flashcards and review a few minutes before class and the test in order to be prepared and awake. During the test, stay confident and believe in yourself.

Tip 4. Wake yourself up with coffee, tea, or an energy drink

If you have a hard time staying awake and are not a morning person, try different methods of waking yourself up. A popular method is drinking coffee, tea, or an energy drink. Caffeine is very useful and important to college students in order to finish their homework, study, and stay awake. Experiment and see which drink works best for your body to help you to pep up in the morning and stay awake in the classroom.

Tip 5. Keep up with work and get more sleep

In order to prevent you from being sleep deprived, it is important to keep up with homework and studying. Many students like to procrastinate and wait until the night before to study and finish homework, which is a very bad idea. If you finish your work earlier in the day or after class, you’re able to go to bed early and rest more in order to function better in the morning. More sleep makes students happy and successful.

Tip 6. Record Lectures

Even if you feel awake and ready for the class, it wouldn’t hurt to record the lectures in case you zoned out for a second, or a couple minutes. For some students, it can be hard to understand and process information so early in the morning. By recording lectures, students are able to refer back to information stated by the professor or students within the classroom.

Tip 7. Engage in the classroom

Since it is an early morning class, there will most likely not be a lot of students. Take advantage of the opportunity to get to know your classmates and professor more, because it can improve a student’s grade and performance in the course. Smaller classrooms tend to communicate and engage more. It also tends to be more comfortable for the students, especially those who are new to college.

Although most college students dislike the idea of an early morning class, some do not have a choice and are forced to stick it out. Hopefully, some of these tips will help you to succeed and get through a 7 AM Political Science class at Cal State Fullerton. Thanks to Professor Bourbonnais, Political Science is always entertaining and worth waking up for.

Sara Sterni

I attend Cal State Fullerton and love to share my experiences, stories, and thoughts. I love being able to give other college students advice and help :)

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