Though the early-morning buzzer of an alarm clock (or a smartphone alarm app) can be one of the worst sounds in the world to a sleepy high school student, repeatedly muffling it via "snooze" button is never a good idea. Showing up on time to high school school each day benefits students' academic performance and future professional habits. Students who arrive at school early have an advantage over classmates who stumble through the door after class has begun. Consistent unexcused tardiness can mean short-term penalties and lifelong consequences. High school students are well-advised to learn not just the advantages of showing up early but also the pitfalls of showing up late.
Enjoy More Time to Prepare
Students arriving to school with time to spare have the luxury of settling in, preparing their class materials and focusing their minds on the lessons to come. They have all the time they need to literally and figuratively wake up. Showing up on time can ameliorate the often-jarring transitioning between sleepy rides on a bus to concentrating on the day’s first lessons. Students showing up to class in the middle of a lesson miss out on this natural transition period and may lose even more of the lesson as they scurry to settle into an academic focus. This ultimately contributes to the lower grades and graduation rates associated with chronic tardiness.
Never Miss Important Information
Arriving to school after classes have begun can cause students to miss more than just the introduction to a new lesson. While waiting for the "tardy bell" to ring, teachers often share important information: reminders of upcoming quizzes, class trips, new classroom rules, essay due dates and other school-related specifics. Students who show up late may miss out on these details and as a result, be unprepared for some future class event. While a teacher will likely reiterate crucial information throughout the day, latecomers may miss out on courtesy reminders about homework...