• Mykayla Marek

Creating the Best Class Schedule for YOU

Updated: Jul 17, 2019




Howdy! Today I'm going to talk about how to create the best class schedule that will keep you happier, help you stay on top of attending class, and ensure you get your work done.



First of all, if it is your first semester in college then do not overload yourself by taking too many hours and classes! For some, adjusting to college classes takes a little while and so it is best to limit how many classes and hours you are taking. This way, you can figure out how you best get your homework/studying done and you can see how many hours and classes you actually can handle once you get the hang of things. For your first semester, I highly recommend taking only 12-14 credit hours worth of classes. It takes 12 credit hours to be considered full time for an undergraduate degree, so unless if you intend to be a part time student, I wouldn't go below 12 hours. Being a part time student can possibly affect how long it takes you to graduate and the amount of financial aid you are offered, but I'll go ahead and save that full explanation for another post.





Another thing to consider is how closely spaced or far apart time-wise you want your classes in the day. While having 2-3 classes back to back in the same day may make you feel worn out from listening to lectures one after another, it allows you to have a larger portion of the day to either do homework, study, or work all at once instead of broken up throughout the day. For most classes, I'd rather have them closer together rather than spread apart throughout the day because I live off campus and have a job. On the other hand, if you have a class you think you will struggle with, I would recommend having 1-2 hours before that class be free so you can use that time to study for quizzes or tests when needed. Typically, you might need this study time before a math class, a science class, or any other subject that you personally struggle with. A factor that can contribute to how close or far apart your classes are is how close or far your classes are distance-wise. If you are unsure as to how long it would take to get from one building to another on campus either on bike or by walking, use a map app to get an estimate. Most classes at the university I go to have a 20 minute break in between them, so if it takes me longer than 10 minutes to get from one class to another, I would give myself a longer break in between those two classes. There are times where you will have to stay a few minutes after class to ask a question or talk to your classmates, so allow yourself some wiggle room in between your classes for this. My last point concerning how close together or far apart your classes are each day has to do with taking into account what you are doing for that class. For example, last semester I took an ice skating class and this coming fall semester I will be taking a running class. While the ice skating class did not make me sweat or need a shower afterwards, I know for my running class that will probably happen. For classes that require physical activity that need cool-down time or a shower afterwards, either give yourself a break after that class or take that class as your last one in your day. Otherwise, you might be going to your next class all gross from working out.





Next, if your school offers any classes online, consider if you would be able to handle staying on top of a class like that. While online classes usually offer students more convenience and flexibility when it comes to learning the material and doing the assignments, you don't have a professor telling/reminding you when things are due to your face. Instead, you usually only read about these deadlines. Also, oftentimes in an online class you have to read or watch lectures to be able to learn the material, so if you do not think you will hold yourself accountable to actually do these things then online classes might not be for you. For some people, online classes work really well though and if you hold yourself accountable for getting what you need to done, this can be a great way to make your day a little more flexible.



Lastly, consider your sleeping habits and when you feel the most awake and productive during the day. Are you a morning person, or are you a night person? Basically, do you enjoy waking up early and going to bed early, or do you enjoy waking up later in the day and staying up late at night? If you are a morning person, take classes earlier in the day. If you are a night person, take classes in the late afternoon or evening. If you are neither a morning or night person, or if you are unsure as to which kind of person you are, take classes in the late morning and early afternoon. That way, you are going to class when you feel your best! Also, I know for a fact if you are not a morning person and decided to take 8AM classes, there is a very high chance you will either miss or be late to some of the days you have that class.





I'm going to give an example of a class schedule I might make for myself. Here are some of the things that would help me decided what kind of class schedule I would want:


1. I am a sophomore and know how many classes and hours I can handle - 15 or less hours.

2. I would rather go to class in the morning so I can go to work and do homework afterwards.

3. I am not taking any math classes, science classes, or classes that I struggle with.

3. I am taking a running class, so I need some time after that to be able to shower.

4. Online classes work really well for me and I can stay on top of them.

5. As long as I get enough sleep, I can be a morning person and get up for my morning classes.



Therefore, this is a class schedule I might possibly make for myself:


Monday:

8:00AM - 8:50AM - Beginner Running

10:20AM - 11:10 AM - Business 101


Tuesday:

8:00AM - 9:15AM - Economics

9:35AM - 10:50 AM - English


Wednesday:

8AM-8:50AM - Beginner Running

10:20AM - 11:10 AM - Business 101


Thursday:

8:00AM - 9:15AM - Economics

9:35AM - 10:50 AM - English


Friday:

10:20AM - 11:10 AM - Business 101


Online:

US History



And here is how many credit hours each class is, and how many credit hours I would be taking total:


Beginner Running - 1

Business 101 - 3

Economics - 3

English - 3

US History - 3


Total - 13 credit hours





Everyone will have a different preference as to what the best class schedule is for themselves due to the many factors that can be considered when making it. There is no right or wrong way to set up your class schedule - all that matters is that it works well for YOU!




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