Creating Your Perfect Schedule
Everyone knows that time management is one of the most crucial things to learn in college, so when we are talking about building your class schedule it’s important to take some factors into consideration.
We all have different preferences when it comes to our schedule. Some people prefer having classes in the morning and getting it all done as soon as possible. Others prefer to sleep in and select afternoon classes. Then there are those who actively avoid human contact and go straight for online courses. Whatever you decide, just remember to have balance.
This one was my personal tormentor my first semester of college. Following bad advice I was given, I had five classes back-to-back three days a week.
Yes, having classes only three days a week has a certain appeal, but having a class every hour beginning at 8 a.m. was a terrible decision. I was rushing across campus all day trying to have everything done. Printing something before class meant rushing to the library and hoping there wasn’t a long line at the printing station.
Obviously I survived, but I would never recommend doing that to anyone. Having classes all week allows you to give each class its due time and not cram your brain with studying for five courses in one day.
Choose Online Classes Wisely
Not having to get up to go to class can be great, but online classes can be tricky as well. It’s easy to forget assignments or put off getting work done. Going to class provides a reminder of upcoming due dates, and you can ask your professors questions right away.
Professors who have online classes are usually very good about emailing back quickly, but they are only human. They have lives too, so if they don’t answer you right away, you might find yourself in a bind. Time management is even more crucial for these courses.
Learn About Professors
All professors have their own style, and sometimes that style will not be compatible with yours. So before you take a class, learn a little about your professor. If you know another student who took the class, that person might be able to offer more insight about the professor’s personality and teaching style.
With that being said, don’t let one negative opinion keep you from taking a class. Ask around and find someone who can provide you with an honest review of the course. If it absolutely sounds like you won’t be compatible with that professor, look at other available course options.
But on the off chance that professor is the only one teaching the course you need, make the best of it. You might not agree completely with them, but that should not affect your student behaviors and study habits.
Factor in Other Variables
Everyone has a life outside of school, and that’s what college is also about: experiencing new things, getting involved and meeting new people. But there are only a certain number of hours in a day, so take the time to plan out what items will take up your time.
Classes, homework, jobs, friends and extracurricular activities are all important, so learn to manage them. If time management isn’t your biggest strength, start out slow. Focus on your school and getting involved. If you need a job, work only a couple of hours a day until you find a rhythm that best suits you.
Take A Breath
The main point is to avoid getting overwhelmed. Life is going to happen around you, whether you are ready or not. So learn about yourself, experience new things and seriously learn to manage your time.