College is not for the unorganized, and even the most meticulous student can let certain things slip through the cracks every now and then. Planning ahead and preparing wisely can make a world of difference, and we’re going to tell you how to do it. Here are three little tricks you can practice to make your school schedule more bearable and avoid any hassle that may come your way.
1. 1.) Make Sure You Have a Few Free (Consecutive) Hours Between 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM
This is a cool little trick that’ll come in handy. During school, you will, without a doubt, need to schedule appointments: guidance counselor, tutor, doctor, dentist, etc. Although you, as a student, are always on the move day and night, a lot of people still keep normal 9-5 hours. Make sure that you accommodate their schedules, since they probably won’t be able to accommodate yours! Then you won’t have to worry about missing class.
And in general, it’s a great idea to schedule appointments and meetings toward the beginning of the week, if possible. Why? Simple. That’s when people are at their freshest and most alert. If you wait until Friday, they’ve most likely already checked out and are in weekend mode: what movies are in the theater, if there’s any ice cream left in the freezer, how much laundry they have to do…
1. 2.) Save the Extremely Early or Late Classes for the End of the Week
Nothing is worse than feeling that insurmountable exhaustion hit you when your week isn’t even half over. Do yourself a favor and schedule all early morning and late night classes for Thursday and Friday. That way, you’ll know that the weekend is right around the corner and you won’t have to suffer through the rest of the week feeling totally and completely drained of all your energy.
1. 3.) Schedule One-on-One Time with Your Professor Early!
Once finals start to approach, you know darn well that your professor is going to be bombarded by students looking to make appointments for their office hours. The same goes for tutors. Beat the rush by getting a hold of these people a week before everyone else does. Then you don’t have to worry about being three days away from your final and feeling unprepared. Remember, there are hundreds of you and only a handful of them. Be aware and consciousness of them and their schedules, because that’ll ultimately help you and your schedule!
There are other little things you can do to make life easier, like know what the bus schedule/routes are in case you need to travel between school and work; know what buildings your classes/meetings/appointments are in so that you can try to schedule things relatively close to each other; and more! Like many others things in life, it’s good to remember that if you plan for it now, you won’t have to clean up the mess later.
Angela George writes for education blogs where you can read more about online degrees.