How to Stop Being Late to Classes


Although you may find that no one says anything to you if you arrive late to class, it’s certainly not a good habit. Even if there are no direct consequences, it can be embarrassing to become known as the student who always arrives late. Plus, it’s difficult to break such a habit later in life, which could make it challenging for you to maintain a professional image when you start your career. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to stop being late to classes entirely.

1. Sleep Enough

You’ll never want to get up early for your morning classes if you’re lacking sleep. The solution is to set a bedtime that will give you enough sleep to function the next day. You may need to turn down some invitations or return home earlier from events, but this should be worthwhile when you consider that you’ll get to take full advantage of your education. Not only will you make it to class on time, you’ll be able to focus, remember information, and even gain more enjoyment from your classes.

If there are nights when it’s impossible for you to get enough sleep (perhaps there was an event you couldn’t miss that kept you up late), take a nap during the day to catch up on sleep. You may like to take a nap right before your afternoon class to refresh your mind — just make sure you wake up in time.

2. Create a Morning Routine

Another way to make getting up easier is to incentivize yourself to leave your bed behind. Add activities to your morning routine that wake you up in a pleasant way, such as a series of stretches, a five-minute meditation, a tasty breakfast, or your favourite hot beverage.

3. Aim to Leave Earlier Than Necessary

If you know it takes you 15 minutes to get to class, aim to leave your apartment about half an hour before class starts. This just means doing everything you need to do to prepare for your class 15 minutes earlier. You should find you arrive at least a few minutes early, which will give you time to relax and chat with your most organized classmates.

4. Attend Classes with a Friend

Arrange to go to each of your classes with a friend. That way, you’ll be letting someone else down as well as yourself if you’re late — most people feel much worse about being late if they know someone is waiting for them. You could even have breakfast with your friend (or lunch, if it’s an afternoon class) or you could meet the evening before to remind each other not to stay up too late. Just make sure you don’t choose to attend a class with someone who’s unreliable.

Another way to stop being late to classes is to live near campus. To save money, search for shared accommodation. Oshawa students can share a suite but have a private or semi-private bedroom at Foundry 1805. Since our student housing is just steps away from both Ontario Tech University and Durham College’s North Oshawa campus, you’ll never have an excuse to be late to class again. Apply now for an immediate move-in.