It feels like summer’s just begun, but before you know it, school will be right around the corner! While it is a pleasant thought to put school out of sight and out of mind, it is still a good idea to plan out your schedule before you get back into full-blown education mode. Planning the perfect schedule can be difficult, but fortunately there are a number of great tips to help you choose a good course schedule as you head back to school.
While it can be tempting to take six AP classes, compete in two sports, and get involved with seven different clubs, it is important to pick a course schedule that is manageable! Taking difficult classes and challenging yourself is important, but so is getting enough sleep that you will be able to complete your homework and process everything you learn. So one thing to keep in mind when you are planning your schedule is to keep it realistic. Even if you want to take six difficult classes, be aware of how much work you can realistically handle, and adapt your schedule accordingly.
While making sure not to overload your schedule, it is also important not to slack! High schools and colleges have certain requirements that you need to complete by graduation, so do not put off all of your required courses until the last minute. While electives can be tempting and interesting, make sure you have all your required classes covered before you enrol in underwater basket weaving or skate P.E.
Avoid Gaps Between Classes
While in high school you may not have any flexibility as to when you schedule your classes, in college there is a lot more freedom to choose schedules that best fit your schedule. Choosing classes that come one after another is a good idea to avoid awkward gaps in your schedule in which you simply waste your time texting your friends or using the newest app on your iphone. While it may be frustrating to sit in class for a long time, it is better to get this out of the way so you can enjoy the rest of your day at night. If you want to schedule breaks, plan them at reasonable times, such as an hour break for lunch. This will give your brain a chance to recharge before you begin your courses in the afternoon.
While it can be tempting to sleep in all day and start your first classes late in the afternoon, you will be kicking yourself when your friends are going out to dinners and parties while you are stuck in class. Sometimes waking up early can be difficult, but the earlier you start the day the more productive you will be. So get out of bed, shower, get dressed, and get a move on to begin your day!
While there are a number of factors to take into account when planning your schedule, these are some of the key concepts to consider when finalizing your schedule. While it may be tempting to sleep in and take long breaks between classes, often the best way to be productive is to work hard, finish your day early, and spend the rest of your time studying or relaxing on a nice day.