How to Avoid Wasting Time between Classes

Nowadays, more and more people are returning to school because of the declining job market or continuing their education because of higher demands in qualifications in terms of jobs available.

With the huge costs in tuition, student loans and school supplies, it’s important to understand the importance in taking education seriously. Because of the large amount of time, money and stress included in furthering your education, the time spent enrolled in classes should be spent wisely.

Although it’s easy to take the advice of paying attention during class and making sure to keep a well maintained attendance record, the biggest amount of time wasted is actually between classes. The following tips can help you avoid wasting time between classes:

Course schedule

Regardless of what level of education you are undergoing, there is always a large variety of courses that are required. Whether it’s your prerequisites, your electives or remaining major requirements, there are a number of courses that are available to you. Registering early for courses is the best bet in ensuring a schedule that allows you to avoid wasting time between classes.

Try to pick classes that are back-to-back rather than spread an hour or so apart. This should allow for just the amount of time to travel from class to class and condense your day as a result. Depending on how rigorous the course load, allow yourself a single break in the middle of your classes to allow for food, rejuvenation or study time. However, keep the break brief. A short hour break should be sufficient to keep yourself focused on the goal at hand, which is getting your education.

Course locations

Universities, Junior Colleges and Community Colleges all differ in structure. Some may have a centralized location with different branches and wings for all types of different classes, while others may have several campus locations spread out throughout the city.

Be aware of the course locations while registering for your class schedule to ensure enough time between classes to get to your next location and try to schedule classes that are within the same branch, wing or campus. Group similar course location classes together in time brackets or days. This will save time between classes, instead of wasting time by commuting to and from different campus locations.

Avoid distractions

Regardless of how well you have organized your schedule and your class locations, there will inevitably be breaks in-between your classes. Avoid wasting time during these breaks by minimizing distractions. A huge distraction can be your phone or other electronic devices. A great way to avoid this is by simply turning these devices off or simply leaving them in your car or home. Little video games, social apps and texting can seem harmless but can end up taking up your entire day and taking away from other things you could be doing during breaks like preparing notes, studying or starting early on homework.

Although school is generally a social environment full of potential friends, significant others and potential networking options, small talk with classmates can consume the breaks between your classes. Yes, it’s true that some friendships made in school can last a lifetime, the majority of the classmates you’ll meet will be casual acquaintances at best.

With the large number of classes, courses and even transfer to other Universities, you will undoubtedly meet a large number of different classmates and they will not all end up in lifetime friendships. Avoid these little distractions by being cordial and polite but avoiding the small distractions of chattiness and gossiping that can sometimes distract from the education process.

Furthering your education is a costly and time consuming process that many Americans are going through either by choice or by necessity because of the declining job market. To make the most of the process, it’s helpful to avoid wasting time between classes. This can make the process a shorter day-to-day experience, can shorten the length of receiving your education and can give you extra time at home if you’re able to utilize that time between classes in a more productive manner.