Now that you’ve got the basics, let’s talk about picking a class schedule that’s just right for you.
Classes at most colleges and universities start as early as 8am and run until 10pm or later. Many colleges and universities offer online courses as well.
With so many choices, where do you begin?
Ask yourself the following questions.
Are you a morning, afternoon or evening person?
How are you in an online environment?
So let’s talk about who you are.
Do you bounce out of bed ready to take on the day? Do you do your best work before noon?
If so, load up on morning classes. That leaves your afternoon and evening available to read for class, study and do whatever extracurricular activities you want.
Being flexible is key, you could take three morning classes back to back two days a week and fill in with two other classes on other days and times.
Do you lay in bed until the last possible minute, kicking and screaming into the day?
Then afternoon classes will be best for you. 11am and 2pm are the most popular class times for non-morning people, but often you cannot build an entire schedule that meets two days a week between 11 and 2. So, you might have to throw in an evening class or go to class five days a week to avoid getting up before noon.
What about evening classes?
Evening classes usually have an older demographic. Students who are working a traditional schedule tend to take more evening classes. They also make up a larger portion of enrollment for online courses.
Are you a good fit for online classes?
If you are organized and have good energy/time management skills, then you are an excellent candidate to take an online course.
If you think you can login to the class once a week at midnight and complete your entire weeks’ worth of coursework then you are mistaken.
Most online classes have items due every day or so. They are much more reading and writing intensive. Most tests and quizzes are timed and will close whether you’re finished or not.
Posting in a blog format will become your life. The rule of thumb in higher ed for online courses is: Expect to double the time you would spend on a face to face class.
Try this simple formula:
Face to face classes meet 2x per week for 1 hour 15 minutes and have approximately 2-3 hours per class meeting of work, reading etc. outside of class hours. Triple that for an online class.
Building a schedule that’s just right for you positions you to be the most successful.
There will always be stumbling blocks to creating that perfect schedule (closed classes, course not being offered, etc.), but scheduling your courses when you are the most productive is a great big step towards being an effective, engaged student.
These tips can also help during your job search.
We’ll share more insights in future posts about the process of identifying and securing your just right work.
Kathryn Siggelko has worked in Higher Education for over 15 years. She’s part of the BrijBrand.co Crew and a contributing blogger. Connect with us – share your ideas, topics, challenges, etc. and we’ll keep you in the loop about what we’re building for just for you!