Students Who Get Up Early Get Better Grades


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Did you ever think that there could be a great benefit from waking up early like getting better grades? Well, three different studies that I found claim so.

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Study #1:

 

The first study I would like to discuss is conducted at the University of North Texas by Kendry Clay. It includes 824 undergraduate students. The students filled out a survey which asked questions in relation to their health, daytime activities, and sleep patterns. This study found that early rising times correlate with high grades for college students. Now Bremen correlation does not always mean causation, but it is an interesting one. The results are as follows: Students who regularly went to bed early and got up early had higher GPAs, while those who went to bed and woke up later had lower GPAs.

 

Reverse causation could definitely take a step in this situation. Maybe students who are smart and diligent about getting good grades simply prefer to sleep  get up early in order to have a healthy life and enough sleep in order for them to focus on their academics.

 

What do you think about this study? What do you think the reasons for the correlation between getting up early and getting better grades? What third variables could you think of? Please share your thoughts.

 

Study #2:

 

The finding of this study was that people whose performance maximizes in the morning are more situated for career success, because they are more proactive than people who are at their best in the evening.

 

A biologist named Christopher Randler surveyed 357 university students. He asked them what time of the day they were most energetic. A higher percentage of the morning people agreed with statements such as "I spend time identifying long-range goals for myself" and "I feel in charge of making things happen." Notice that those statements emphasize proactivity

 

Interestingly, Randler said that evening people have some advantages. He says that other studies reveal that evening people tend to have a better sense of humor and more outgoing, sometimes even smarter and more creative than morning types. But, when it comes to business success, morning people have the advantage. Why is that? His research indicated that they tend to get better grades in school, which enables them to attend better colleges, then that leads to better job opportunities. 

 

"Morning people tend to wake at the same time every day, but there's a significant gap between evening people's weekday and weekend wake-up times. In Randler's study of college students, that gap was about two hours, on average."


The overall finding of this study is that morning people anticipate problems and try to minimize them, which makes them proactive. Randler says that number of studies have linked proactivity with better job performance, greater career success, and higher wages.

 

This study is quite interesting, and has some logical ideas and claims. What do you think of it? Do you think morning people are more proactive? Does the study make sense to you? Are its claims consistent with each other? Please share your thoughts. 

 

Study #3:

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This study which was conducted in St. Lawrence University claims that earlier classes lead to better grades. This study found that students who had later class times generally got more sleep, but also had more time to go out with friends. But, it appears that when students know they have an early class, they tend to avoid nights out.

 

So this again goes along with "students who get up early get better grades" claim. There is no magic in morning classes. It is the fact that they induce students to go to bed early and wake up early that makes them beneficial, according to the study.

 

So there you have it: three different studies that focus on three different aspects, but essentially show the same results. What are your thoughts of all those studies? Could the reverse causation that I mentioned earlier be a factor in all of them? Do you think that the studies make complete sense, or the opposite? Please share your thoughts.

 

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3 Comments

This is a topic that I can personally attest to. Last year i was lucky enough (or at least I THOUGHT I was lucky enough)to schedule classes pretty late in the day and never had to wake up before 12. I barely finished the year with 3.0. Knowing that I was going to have a job in the summer waking up at 6am, I decided that when I scheduled classes for this current semester I should try some earlier classes. Now I wake up every day at 6, work out, and go to class at 9 and my grades are substantially better. I have an A in all my classes except for 1, which just so happens to be this class. Now I'm not sure if waking up early will help everyone get better grades, but I can say with confidence that it is working for me.

This is a topic that I can personally attest to. Last year i was lucky enough (or at least I THOUGHT I was lucky enough)to schedule classes pretty late in the day and never had to wake up before 12. I barely finished the year with 3.0. Knowing that I was going to have a job in the summer waking up at 6am, I decided that when I scheduled classes for this current semester I should try some earlier classes. Now I wake up every day at 6, work out, and go to class at 9 and my grades are substantially better. I have an A in all my classes except for 1, which just so happens to be this class. Now I'm not sure if waking up early will help everyone get better grades, but I can say with confidence that it is working for me.

These are interesting studies. However you must think about what goes alone with waking up early, the lifestyle that these students choose and what is causing them to have the habit of getting up early. If someone is getting up early or has scheduled early classes then the connection has to be made that they are more studious because of how they have built their schedule etc. This also goes alone with students getting enough sleep and productivity as well.

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