A lot of you ask me how schedules work, and what a typical day would look like as a university student, but there really is no straight answer. Schedules can range from having sporadic courses all week long, to two very long days and the rest of the week off. Here are some different schedules, and what that will probably mean for you.
The bad: Waking up early can be hard, especially if you didn’t go to bed at a responsible time the night before. This also means that any midterms you have will be bright and early, giving you less time to prepare and review your notes on the day of.
The good: If you accidentally oversleep, don’t sweat it! Having class at 2, 3, or even 6 in the evening means there is less of chance you will be unprepared, sleepy. You also have time to finish a last minute assignment (which you really should have done nights ago), and hand it in without a late penalty. Also the mall is right there so if you need to pick something up, feel free to head over to the Eaton Centre before getting to class.
The bad: Productivity isn’t the best when your classes are late. Speaking from experience, a late class simply means I have more time to dilly dally on choosing an outfit and getting my winged eyeliner just right. Especially as a commuter, 2 p.m. means I don’t have to rush, but there still isn’t much time to comfortably get work done.
A large gap between classes
The good: I’ve written about this a couple times, but a few hours between classes is beneficial because it gives you plenty of time to study, force yourself to work on a dreaded assignment, and eat a good lunch.
The bad: During the first couple of weeks when there’s not much due, this gap can seem like a century! It can also cause you to spend more money than you planned, what with all the restaurants and stores everywhere.
Back to back classes
The good: You’ll get through your classes quickly, without waiting around and potentially wasting a lot of time.
The bad: There is literally NO time to eat. Even if you bring something from home, it can be super awkward trying to unwrap foil paper or crunch on some a snack. It can also be hard to get from one class to another with time to get a good seat in a lecture, when you only have a ten minute buffer time.
Having class everyday
The good: You have to force yourself to be on your A game all the time, which also causes you to develop better productivity and time management skills. You will have a lot of structure to your week, and can appreciate your bed and relaxation much more when you have time to take a nap and watch some TV.
The bad: When everything is due, having very little time to complete your assignments can be very exhausting. It can also be extremely expensive and cause you to waste a lot of time as a commuter.
Having two to three days of class
The good: Relaxation is not something you’ll have to worry about, because even though you’ll still have to study and meet deadlines, the sense of urgency is unlikely to be there. And if you feel like you’re a little bit behind, having those days off can really help you to get back on track and feel better about your progress.
The bad: The sense of urgency is unlikely to be there. Basically, the benefits can also be downfalls. Having a lot of time off can cause you to feel like you have too much time to complete schoolwork, and not notice it until it’s too late. There can also be very little structure to your days if self-motivation isn’t your strong suit. Finally, you can miss out on a lot of events and promotions when you’re not on campus during the week.