How to Make the Best College Class Schedule
Having a great class schedule is ideal for your first semester of college. You need to have the right classes and the best time slots. Your schedule is yours. It is not high school anymore where classes have to start at 8 and have to end before 3. You get to choose when you want to wake up and what classes interest you. For your first semester of college, this is the time where your schedule is at the most flexible because you have not taken any classes yet.
The first two years of college consist of the "basic" classes aka Liberal Studies: Math, English 101 and 102 (202) depending on school, Health...blah blah blah. The classes where you stare out the window waiting for the teacher, not the bell, the teacher to dismiss you. There are no bells in college anymore.
These classes are under groups, so you more freedom to pick a class that interests you. For example, one of these groups at my college is called Social Sciences. In high school and middle school, that was typically history classes. Well, there is another group titled History, so what is social sciences? Well for that group I had to choose two classes, I picked General Psychology and Origins of Civilization. This was back when I wanted to be a homicide detective. I was picking classes that would help my major as well. I did not want to take classes just to take them.
The best part of college is the liberty they give you. You have advisers to help you with planning your schedule, but what I am about to list are most likely what they would say. Keep in mind, advisers can talk to you one on one AND recommend classes to take, while I cannot.
Are you a morning or afternoon person?
This is a very important to keep in mind. The question is really asking "Are you going to wake up?" With all the freedom of college, your mind will be like I want to have a 'sick day.' Unlike high school where your mother would yell at you for being sick, no one in college is monitoring you.
If your school or teacher has an attendance policy, this can affect your grades as well. Skipping is not tolerated. No note=no excuse. Someone has to prove you were sick or you will get an unexcused absence. Excused absences save your grade, trust me on this.
Does the class interest me?
Interesting classes will make you want to go to class. Usually classes have a little summary about what the class will teach. If you do not like what the professor says the first day, drop the class and find another. You do not want to be in class that can harm your GPA.
Who is my professor?
The best website to find out what the professor is really like from a student's point of view. The students will tell you what is the best thing about the teacher or the worst. If the professor does not have a review, most likely they are a decent teacher. It is only students that have a bad experience or a great experience with a teacher that take the time to answer on this site. The school will tell you not to use this site, but this is how you get professors you like. Also, ask an upperclassman if they had the teacher or heard about the teacher. Upperclassmen in your major usually know the best teachers to have.
Do I NEED this class?
If you do not need a class, DO NOT TAKE IT! It is a waste of time and money. Take the classes you need. If you need classes because you are done with liberal studies and undeclared, take really easy classes. I did this taking upper level classes since I have to have 25% of my classes at Residency level 300 or above.
- Back to Back classes in the morning give you more of the day.
- If you do not mind classes all day, you can get certain days off.
- Classes are not every day, check to see what days they are. Some might be only one day a week.
- Schedule a lunch break: Don't starve yourself.
- Do not overload on classes if you cannot handle it. You will drop those classes eventually or start to do bad in one.
- A lot of classes=a lot of homework=a lot of tests=no time for fun