It seems like it wouldn’t be hard to schedule your courses. If you hate mornings schedule later in the day. If you’re up every day at 7:00AM, get your classes out of the way early. It seems that simple, but it isn’t. There is actually a lot that goes into what time of day you should schedule your classes. Below are a few of things you should consider before locking in your schedule.
1. What does the rest of your life look like?
Are you going to be working, playing sports, participating in a club, doing any extracurriculars at all? If the answer is yes, then you either have to plan your other activities around your class schedule or plan your class schedule around your other activities. Some classes will most likely only be available at certain times of the day and some activities will most likely be immovable.
There are generally two types of scheduling systems you can employ to avoid conflicts in your schedule.
The first we like to call the day and night schedule. This is where you schedule all of your classes before twelve or after four every single day of the week. This will allow you to either have your mornings or nights available every weekday, which will make it easy to plan your schedule.
The second is the block schedule. This is where you schedule all of your classes on two or three days of the week. For example, you could schedule your classes on Monday and Wednesday, leaving you open Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday to do whatever else you need to.
Scheduling in these ways will make it easier for you to plan and organize your weekly schedule, saving you from random forgetful slip ups.
2. Know your body
I know we said it wasn’t as simple as knowing if you were a morning or night person, but part of knowing when to schedule your classes actually revolves around knowing when you will be more inclined to learn. If you know you have trouble waking up before ten in the morning, schedule your classes later in the day. If you know that you can’t stand being in class after 3:00PM then get your classes out of the way early.
There are finer nuances to this line of thinking as well. For example, scheduling a class right before or right after lunch is generally a bad idea. A class that runs from 11:00-12:30 will almost certainly leave you starving and begging to leave early, whereas a class class that starts at 1:00PM will leave you drooling on your desk do to a lunch just beforehand.
Make sure you know your body and your habits and try to make a schedule that plays to your strengths. You’ll most likely learn more and appreciate your classes more if you do.
What time of year is it?
This won’t matter as much if you attend school in a more temperate region, but if you choose to go to college in a place like Michigan or Minnesota, you will want to pay attention to the time of year when scheduling classes. Imagine waking up at 6:30AM and leaving your nice warm bed to endure a winter snowstorm just to get to class. Doesn’t sound like fun, does it? On the other side of things, imagine sitting in class while the sun is shining outside and the weather is absolutely perfect.
Think of the general trend the weather will take when scheduling your classes. Then decide if that will affect the times of day when you will want to be in class. Doing this can make you more likely to attend class and improve your motivation once there.
Class times can make or break your semester; make sure you go into the school year prepared.
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