Five ways to avoid being late to lectures

Sophia Lamberton 8 September 2021
Five ways to avoid being late to lectures

From nights out to uni socials, the road to being a punctual student is laden with pitfalls. Here are five ways to avoid being late to lectures.

classes will also be starting soon. It can be tough getting up for early lectures, especially if you’ve been up late the night before, so here’s how to avoid the embarrassment of turning up late:

1. Pack your bag the night before 

Make a checklist of what you need to take with you and pack the night before to save you running around in the morning. You’ll avoid so much stress.  

There’s nothing worse than turning up to a lecture and finding that your laptop or tablet is dead, so charge it up the night before to make sure you don’t miss any important notes.

2. Find out where your lecture is

Speaking from experience, it can be embarrassing turning up to the wrong lecture. This is especially true when you realise you’ve been sitting in the wrong class for half an hour! Check your timetable to see where your lecture is, and refer to a university campus map online if you don’t recognise the building name. This is good practice, as sometimes your classroom can change at short notice.

Make sure that you check what time your lecture starts to allow yourself plenty of time to get there, so you don’t end up running to your lectures.

3. Walk to uni with a friend

A great way of getting to know your course mates is by arranging to meet them on the way to uni so that you can walk to your lecture together. 

As the semester went by, walking with people to lectures motivated me, especially during the winter when I wanted to stay in bed. 

4. Get a good night’s sleep

The best piece of advice I can give to avoid turning up to lectures late is to get a good night’s sleep. I know it can be tempting to go out clubbing or stay up late with flatmates, especially when you’ve been studying all day, but you need to ensure you get enough sleep. 

It’s easy to get into the habit of hitting the snooze button, which is fun until you’re racing to get ready and make it to uni before your lecture starts.

Create a strict routine for yourself to ensure you sleep well. Set a reminder for an hour before your bedtime to give you time to wind down and do whatever you do to relax.

5. ​​Set multiple alarms

If you struggle with getting up in the morning, set multiple alarms to allow yourself plenty of time to wake up. 

Check if any of your flatmates have a lecture around the same time as you and ask them to knock on your door to make sure you’re awake.

Good luck to everyone who is starting university this September. I hope these tips help you to get to your lectures on time.

Sophia Lamberton 8 September 2021