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The Best Alarm Clocks for College Students

It was only the second day of school, and I already failed to wake up to my cell phone’s alarm. Luckily, I made it to class on time, but determined to not let it happen again, I went to the store after class to get a new alarm. Who knew there were so many different types of alarms on the market today? Which ones will really wake me up in time to get coffee before class? Which ones will short out every time the power flickers? Argh! Too many questions!

So, I came home and started doing a little research. Here are the alarm clocks that I concluded are best for hard to wake students.

This is a basic alarm, perfect for any college student.

1. Sony ICF-C318 Automatic Time Set Clock Radio with Dual Alarm. This is an all-around great alarm and has several awesome features. First, it will never lose the time due to a power outage because it has a back-up lithium power source. Second, it automatically adjusts for Daylight Savings Time, which means I would never be an hour early or late to my classes because I forgot to “fall backward” or “spring forward. “ The third thing about this alarm that really strikes my fancy is that it allows you to program two separate wake up times. With this alarm, if you sleep through your first wake up call, there’s a chance the second one will do the job. Price: Around $15.00. Read the rest of this entry »

Cheap and Fun Ways to Spend Your Summer

snow coneSummer is definitely my favorite time of the year. Summer is three months filled with absolutely nothing truly urgent that you have to do. Sure, you might have to work or have an internship, but chances are, you do not work every day of the week. Summer is free time, to fill with whatever you choose.

It sounds perfect, until mid-July when you have done everything that you wanted to do at least five times. Walking around the mall with friends tends to lose its appeal when you just did it yesterday and the day before. So what can you do with all of this lovely free time that you haven’t done a billion times already and does not break the bank?

Try these suggestions to occupy your lazy summer days!

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Five Tips for Sleep-Deprived Students

girl in bedConsider being a full-time college student as a prep course for parenthood. The sleep deprivation you experience as a student is the same fogginess, constant fatigue and in-need-of-caffeine feelings you will experience as new parents (for those of you who choose to become parents).

But since parenthood may be a distant dream for you, and your grades are currently your main priority, consider this: Sleep loss severely impacts your ability to focus, retain knowledge and produce accurate, error-free work. Need further proof? Studies undertaken on sleep-deprived medical interns have shown that they commit a significant amount of serious medical errors, largely the result of attentional failures from sleepiness.

So select a suitable mattress from Choose Mattress, grab your pillow and learn the five things you can do to improve your sleep and grades.
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Staying Healthy is Important for Students’ Success

girl-sneezingWith the current Swine Flu scare and noticing how many of my fellow students have been sick recently, I realize the importance of keeping myself healthy. Especially considering IB tests begin this coming Monday and softball season is at its peak.

Keeping yourself healthy is very important, especially close to the end of the school year. Whether it’s IB testing or just finals, making sure you are in good health is key. If you are sick, you will be more likely to not be able to concentrate and do worse on your tests and exams than you thought you would. Read the rest of this entry »

The Importance of Sleep for Students

student sleeping on booksI can count the number of nights I get eight hours of sleep on my two hands. I cannot count the number of nights I’ve had less than four hours (or even stayed up all night) even when you include my toes! But this is not something I’m exactly proud of. Recently in Psychology, we discussed the sleep cycle and how your body uses time while you sleep to revitalize itself and restore itself to keep you healthy. It makes me wonder why International Baccaulaureate kids don’t start dropping like flies once we hit our senior year!

The recommended sleep dose for teenagers is anywhere between 8.5-9.25 hours. This is enough time for your body to recuperate and prepare itself for the day to come. Any amount under or above can be detrimental. Read the rest of this entry »

College Kids: It’s Time to Wake Up and Go to Class!

sleepingHere’s some advice from U.S. News and World Report about college students and sleep.  Their advice is pretty good, I think, and pretty straightforward.  Students need to get into a consistent sleep schedule, they say.  They need to avoid early morning classes if they’re not morning people, and if they do have morning classes, they need to sort of train their bodies into the habit of getting up earlier.

I don’t like to preach to students, but I also like to tell it like it is.  Here’s my disgustingly blunt advice to college students about sleep:

Students: WAKE UP!

As a professor, I was thoroughly annoyed by students who didn’t come to my early morning classes because they were too early.  I didn’t choose these early morning times, and in fact, the times were probably far more inconvenient for me because I had a small child at the time and wasn’t getting much sleep at night.  But that’s when I was given the class to teach–and like a responsible adult, I was there to teach it.

So kids, if you find yourself in an early morning class, you have to go.  Period.  Put it this way: in the not-so-distant future, you’re going to have an early morning job.  Do you plan on not coming in until noon and saying to your boss, “Sorry, dude.  I’m not a morning person.”  Your class is no different.  Grown-ups sometimes have to get up early and do stuff, so get used to it.

I remember one time, I was teaching a class that started at about 1:30 pm.  On the day that a paper was due, the power went out in the part of town where most of the sorority houses were.  I must have gotten five frantic calls from students who missed the chance to turn in their papers because their alarm clocks didn’t go off!  Yes, they overslept–for my 1:30 p.m. class.  (And yes, I let them turn the papers in. I’m not a sadist.)

I do understand that student culture is geared towards the night hours.  When I was in college, I used to go to bed around 1:00 a.m., and almost everyone in my dorm was still awake.  That’s how it is, and I understand that most students are up late.  And believe me, if I could, I’d sleep until noon every day.  I love sleep.  Who doesn’t?  But students, if you’re going to do well in college, you’ve simply go to lose that “I’m not a morning person” excuse–unless you want your profs to think you’re a big baby.


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