The Perfect Schedule: How to Build It and How to Manage It

One of the best things about college is that your schedule is more or less up to you. Typically, there are three primary schedule forms that most college students like to work with depending on their job, family, and social situations. Let’s take a look at all the benefits and drawbacks of each type of schedule.

Monday, Wednesday, Friday Heavy

A typical “M,W,F” schedule is where you stack as many of your courses on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays as possible leaving Tuesdays and Thursdays free for work, study, and free time.

Pros

Classes offered on a Monday, Wednesday, Friday schedule tend to be an hour and a half each class meaning your days are shorter overall. This¬†schedule is a good setup for people with part-time jobs because you’ll find yourself with more down time and two days in the middle of the week where you don’t have class.

Cons

Monday, Wednesday, Friday schedules mean that you will almost always have class on Friday. While a Friday morning class isn’t a big deal, a Friday evening class can be a real drag, especially during campus events. You will also need to work out your study schedule for Tuesdays and Thursdays so that everything gets done in time, and you will find you have less time with this setup.

Tuesday, Thursday Heavy

Tuesday, Thursday schedules are a lot of college students dream. This schedule entails stacking as many classes as possible on Tuesdays and Thursdays which means you have two long days and three free days per week.

Pros

Tuesday, Thursday schedules are the ideal schedule for students with jobs. You only have to contend with two days a week instead of three. Also, for people in serious relationships and employment, there is less time commitment away from loved ones. You’re also guaranteed to never have class on Fridays which means attending major campus events, or having fun on the weekend is easier.

Cons

Classes offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays tend to be three hours each which means your days will be quite long with little down time. Also, scheduling time to study and complete assignments might seem easy, but because everything is packed between two days, keeping up can be a challenge if you have to work as well.

Balanced Daily Schedules 

Balanced daily schedules are perfect for students living on campus who either don’t have jobs or who work part-time on or near campus. These setups spread out your agenda by signing up for both M,W,F and T, Th classes, so you spend about the same amount of time on campus every day.

Pros

Your days are short on a balanced schedule. You don’t have one big, intense day; you have five mild to average days. Your days also tend to have some downtime built in you can use for studying, or you could use to relax and blow off steam.

Cons

You’re on campus every day, and you will almost always have class on Fridays. If you find that you need to get a job, it’s tough to go to work and school every single day. It’s easier to get burned out if you don’t make time to relax.

No matter how you choose to build your class schedule, make sure to leave room for life beyond the classroom. Your schedule should include time to study, time to work, time to have fun, and time for little adventures along your way. Your schedule will have a big impact on how you live for the next semester, make it great.

 

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