How to tell if someone is a liar, they respond no to the following question: have you ever been tempted to skip class before?
I feel like every semester there is always that one class. You know what I’m talking about. That one class you just never want to show up to. Sometimes it’s even two….or three classes. Not that I know by experience or anything…
Bottom line, working up the motivation to go to class can be hard somedays, so I put together some of the tricks I use to keep myself from staying in bed and watching Bates Motel all day long.
How to keep yourself from skipping class:
Think about all the money you are paying to take that class
Okay, your parents or grandma or aunt or whoever may be paying your tuition, but that shouldn’t make you feel more guilty for skipping classes. I mean think about it: if you’re paying $10,000 in tuition a semester and taking 15 credits, that means one 3-credit class costs about $2,000. Just doing that math makes me cringe.
College is already expensive enough, so do yourself a favor and don’t skip class! You don’t want to risk failing and have to pay to retake the class. Just think about how you’re flushing $50 and some change down the toilet each time you stay home from class.
Get more sleep!
This one is crucial. I find that my friends who have morning classes (or even early afternoon classes), have trouble getting up for class mostly because they stay up way past midnight! This is not a good idea in the slightest. Why would you sabotage your health by cutting back on your sleeping hours, and then sabotage your grades by not going to class? I understand that everyone has those days where sleep is hard to come by, but it shouldn’t be happening every single day in the semester.
The number one reason I find that people go to sleep so late is because they had procrastinated homework until the night before, they are procrastinating by watching Netflix or scrolling through Facebook all night, or they’re just on their phones too much before bed. Re-watching all your favorite episodes of Supernatural, or staying up late to talk to your crush, is not worth the harm lack of sleep does on your mind and body.
Think about the people in your classes
I have four class that I have friends in, and those classes are the usually the only way I ever get to see them. There’s no way I’m going to skip class if that means I won’t get to see them!
There’s another way to look at this too, but you have to promise not to judge me first. You promise? Okay good. Think of all the really attractive people in your class you plan to skip! This works so well for me it’s kind of sad, but hey whatever gets you to class right!?
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Treat class like work
There’s no way you’re skipping work right? You can’t just call into work and say, “Hey boss? Yeah, I don’t feel like coming in today.” You’d be fired just like that.
This works really well for some people, but not for me because my work is actually really lenient and would let me do that. Forever grateful for having the best job ever, but that doesn’t mean I do it all the time. I’ve skipped out on work only 3 times this semester and it was because I didn’t get enough sleep the night before. (Which takes us back to tip #2)
Think about your grades
There is no way you are going to pass a class if you never show up. This could be for multiple reasons: your professor actually takes attendance and gives points for it, you have to turn in all your assignments in person, you miss tests and quizzes, or because you just miss lectures. This is one of the first things I do if I’m having trouble working up the motivation to go to class. I have to keep a 3.25 GPA to keep my scholarship, so thinking about my grades is my number one motivation to attend class.
Is it ever okay to skip class?
Yes. Yes. Yes.
The point of this is not to tell you that you should never skip class, it’s to help you find motivation to attend class if there are no impending circumstances. The truth is life happens, and sometimes you can’t make it to class. This is 100% okay. Don’t beat yourself up too much if you do end up missing a class.
Here are the questions I ask myself when I’m legit thinking about skipping class:
How sick are you really?
First off, are you actually sick, or are you just trying to get out of class? If you just have a cold or allergies then I don’t think you should be skipping class. Just be sure to bring tons of tissues, cough drops, and water. However, if you have something that is highly contagious or something like a stomach bug, then I highly recommend staying home. You don’t want to put other students’ health at risk, and you’ll never know when your stomach will act up.
Will you miss any tests, turn-ins, quizzes, attendance points or group projects?
If you answer yes to any of these then I would say skipping is out of the question (unless you can afford to lose attendance points). Since almost every college professor will not accept late work or make-up tests, you should never skip out on days that you have to turn assignments in or days there will be a test. And please, please, please, don’t be that person who doesn’t show up for the group project work or presentation. You will never make any friends that way, and they may tell the professor so you get an eve worse grade on top of the one you’ll be earning for skipping class.
Will you feel worse if you go to class?
Somedays you just have to take a mental health day.
My first semester of college I definitely took a few of these. The transition to college can be stressful for some people, or it can make you realize things about life or yourself that you never realized before. No matter what’s going on in your life, sometimes it all becomes a little too much and you have to take a break.
I would say I’m guilty of skipping classes for petty reasons such as feeling like I don’t have my life together, or relationship issues or being way too stressed, but the thing is I don’t feel guilty. I never feel guilty for skipping a class for a mental health reason. If you are having a really off, or bad day, and you know that if you go to class you are just going to feel worse or you can’t even get yourself to get out of bed, then please don’t feel pressured to go to class.
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Will you fall asleep if you go to class?
Flash back to tip #2 again. If you are so sleep-deprived that you can’t stay awake without being hopped up on coffee or energy drinks, then I honestly don’t think you should be going to class. Mostly because sleep deprivation has way too many negative effects on your health, but also because you shouldn’t be falling asleep in your classes. It’s disrespectful to your classmates and professor, and there’s no point in going if you aren’t going to listen to the lecture.
I have just a few things left to note before I wrap up.
If you are going to skip class, remember to always email your professor letting them know why you won’t be in class! It’s also a good idea to ask what you’ll miss, to show initiative and make the professor like you a little more.
Lastly, I’m no health expert so just do what feels right to you! I hope this helps you get to class more often!