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News Parents Can Use: Check Your Kids' Schedules in College

In a study college students everywhere will be trying to hide from their parents, researchers at St. Lawrence University have found that students who sign up for early classes drink less, work more and do better in school than the slug-a-beds.

Daniel Devise at the Washington Post let the cat out of the bag, and says the key issue is booze.  Students who avoid early morning classes tend to put in late hours with the sauce, resulting in somewhat lower grades as well as other consequences that parents can imagine.  Professors hear some hair curling stories from students about things that go wrong in college life; a good many of these stories involve alcohol one way or another.

Via Meadia advice to parents (some of whom I’ll be seeing at Bard’s family weekend when I get back to China): check your kid’s schedule to get some insight into how he or she is spending time at college.  If you see a combination of late classes and bad grades, you might want to take a closer look at what is going on.

And to students, what Ben Franklin said.  Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy and wealthy and wise.

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  • Chris

    And yet, A students work for B students and B students work for C students. Perhaps all that networking (er, socializing) isn’t so bad after all.

  • RedWell

    My observation is that early morning students are bifurcated: half of them are industrious, the other half were so lazy or hung over the previous semester that they got stuck with the sober.

  • Walter Sobchak

    My kids attended a fancy expensive private university. I noticed that there were no 8:00 am classes, and many courses did not have Friday classes. The hours of operation seemed to be 9 to 4 Mon-Thur. They could easily expand the University by 60% if they were to adopt ordinary business hours.

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