Early morning classes may help raise GPA

— Mauricio Gutierrez/TRUMPET
— Mauricio Gutierrez/TRUMPET














Despite a recent study from St. Lawrence University saying waking up early could raise GPA, some Wartburg students say that doesn’t make waking up early any easier.

Jordan Swaney said the study doesn’t change his opinion on early morning classes.

“I would say that my GPA agrees with the study, but I am a good student,” Swaney said.

Swaney mainly took a 7:45 a.m. class because his adviser decided that it was his best option.

“Being a music major, you have to fit a large number of classes into your schedule, so, for the most part, I was going to have a morning class. It was just a matter of what I was going to have,” Swaney said.

Laura Klever said she doesn’t like taking a morning class, but it will help her going in to field experience.

“I am a first-year and am used to getting up and being to my high school by 6:55 a.m. so I decided that getting up at 7:00 a.m. for a 7:45 a.m. class would be easy,” Klever said. “I also decided that I would waste more time sleeping if I didn’t force myself to get up for a 7:45 a.m. class, so I actually get more done in a day than I would have if I had started class at 9:00 a.m. or whatever.”

Klever said she doesn’t entirely agree with the study.

According to the study, a morning class can spark positive outcomes in students because, “[it makes them] get to sleep earlier, complete work more efficiently, and, most importantly, stay sober.”

From a sample of 250 students at the university in Canton, N.Y., two psychology professors concluded that students who scheduled an 8 a.m. class earned higher grades.

Pamela Thacher, the study’s co-author, was surprised by the study’s findings because she had previously encouraged students to schedule later classes.

She argued that this study contradicts the traditional idea that sleeping in before class allows more sleep which in turn makes students more engaged.

Swaney and Klever said they hate waking up for 7:45 classes, but also said they will probably have to do so again in the future.

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