Month: October 2019

Sleep Your Way to Better Grades

Students who get good sleep may have cracked the secret to better grades and some time on the Dean’s list, according to a study by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Sleep is a needed to help us stay alert for threats to our well-being as well as a chance for our bodies to heal after each day. Students want to work hard to stay current in their classes and keep up with the work from a full schedule. That requires a balancing act that goes heavy on activity and usually sleep is sacrificed. The point is that we need good, quality sleep not massive amounts of it.

Researchers at MIT have found that a regular consistent sleep schedule contributed noticeably to not only better grades but lower anxiety levels in class. Quality rest helped with retention of material read before class and understanding of discussions during class. The researchers also found that students who tend to stay up late and go to bed around 2 a.m. tended to perform poorly on tests no matter how much sleep they got. Quality sleep was also connected to how well student scored on quizzes, midterms, and final exams.

When you go to bed matters. If you go to bed at 10 p.m. or midnight, performance was found to be about the same. There was a significant drop off for those who regularly went to bed after 2 a.m. if you get the same amount. Quantity is good but, again, researchers found that quality and consistency make the effort you put into studying more effective. There is nothing worse than staying up all night to study for a test or prepare for a presentation only to “choke” when it is time to demonstrate how much you know.

Crossing the Finish Line to Degree Completion

STRIPES-VUB works with veterans from multiple points in their journey to higher education completion. Some walk into our office after a few years of service having never stepped foot into a higher education setting. Others started an academic program and have been on hiatus for several years. It is not uncommon to be working with a veteran who attempted a higher education program and was not able to complete to graduation. This can happen for several reasons; a poor academic fit, financial pressures, lack of passion, minimal student supports, etc. The STRIPES-VUB program is happy to partner with the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and connect veterans with degree completion programs like the one highlighted below.

So, what are you waiting on? Did you begin a higher education program and stalled out before completion? Are you at a cross roads and need some help finding the right road map for you? Give your STRIPES-VUB program a try this next time returning to the classroom. We can help you get back on the path and ready to cross the finish line to degree completion. Outreach Specialists are available by appointment throughout the state of Oklahoma. Call 405-974-3686 or email STRIPES-VUB@uco.edu to schedule an appointment today!

8 schools selected for Degrees When Due initiative

Originally published in The Journal Record on 10/7/2019

OKLAHOMA CITY – Eight colleges and universities from Oklahoma have been selected to join Degrees When Due, a national initiative of the Institute for Higher Education Policy.