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skywalker
#1 Posted : Monday, June 13, 2011 2:03:30 PM
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Everything is done online now, but what are some tips on which day/time to choose your classes/tutorials?

Is it good to have classes back to back or a break in between?batman
ktel
#2 Posted : Monday, June 13, 2011 2:08:46 PM
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You want to limit breaks as much as possible, they're just wasted time. Especially 1 hour breaks, you will get nothing done during them. If breaks are unavoidable try to make them a meaningful length of time. And if you have a long day of classes you will want at least one break for lunch and to relax a little bit.

Otherwise it's personal. If you are a morning person you wouldn't mind 8am classes, but I am not and try to avoid them whenever possible. I also try to make Mondays and Fridays easier, just the way I like it. I was in engineering so did not have much flexibility in choosing my schedule, as I have to take the courses they tell me and there's usually only one day or time.
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#3 Posted : Monday, June 13, 2011 2:10:01 PM
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Best guideline I can offer you is this: know yourself. Are you a morning person or are your more of a night owl? Plan your classes around the time of the day when you function the best. Don't make it easy for yourself to skip classes, especially classes where participation and attendance count. The same applies to the age-old question of whether it's better to have your classes evenly spread out over a week or crammed together in three or four weekdays. Both have their pros and cons, but ultimately, you need to take into account how you work best in order to make an informed decision about your timetable.
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#4 Posted : Monday, June 13, 2011 9:49:36 PM
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Just try to avoid gaps in your schedule.
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#5 Posted : Monday, June 13, 2011 10:42:20 PM
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Squash your classes up against each other. Don't leave room for walking time, you'll make it in the time they give you. You'll hate life if you have hour breaks between all your classes.
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#6 Posted : Monday, June 13, 2011 10:58:47 PM
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After my first year, I've realized that morning classes are awful (I am not a morning person) and I would rather have two days off and three days of class after class after class, because I don't work well if I just have an hour or three between or after classes.
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#7 Posted : Monday, June 13, 2011 11:32:47 PM
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I seem to be the minority here, but I like having long breaks in between classes because it kind of forces me to do work while I'm out of rez (but one hour breaks are not very useful because I can't really get into study mode). If I have a bunch of classes in a row and then nothing for the rest of the day, then I'm just burnt out and can't focus on anything or I don't want to do any work. And I'm really unproductive after dinner, so I have to get my work done during the day.
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#8 Posted : Tuesday, June 14, 2011 12:20:22 AM
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Try to have classes that start around the same time everyday. This year, my days started at 8.30, 9.30, 10.30, 11.30, 12.30 and 1.30. Because it was so irregular, my sleep schedule got screwed up because I didn't have a typical time to wake up everyday. Thus I ended up skipping morning classes. My friend always had 9:30 or 10:30 starts, and it was no problem for her since she got into a rhythm with her sleep.

I wouldn't advise having mad blocks of lecture together. I'd stick a break or lab/tutorial/seminar in between them just to give your brain a bit of a break.

I also like 3-4 hour breaks, because I'd end up going to the library and get more stuff done there than having all my classes bunched together and then end up going home and loafting.
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#9 Posted : Tuesday, June 14, 2011 12:58:00 AM
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Use a calendar program (Microsoft Outlook or Google Calendar) to plan your day, it makes life easier.
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ktel
#10 Posted : Tuesday, June 14, 2011 3:52:21 PM
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I had 3 and 5 hour breaks before a night class this past semester. Fortunately (well not really) I had my final design project in the same semester, so easily filled that time up. Otherwise it would've been a good time for me to work out. Point is, like myself and others have said, only you know your out of school schedule and your study/sleep patterns, we can only give some advice.
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#11 Posted : Tuesday, June 14, 2011 5:19:59 PM
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Personally, I prefer classes close together. Small breaks are TIME WASTERS. Especially 1 hour breaks (useless!!) I hated having 1-3 hour breaks because I would walk back to residence and back again (I was going back and forth 4+ times a day. This is because I don't like being in the library and prefer to nap or do work in residence. Plan your classes so you minimize your walking! Don't do early classes unless you are REALLY a morning person. You may think you're fine with mornings now, but in universities mornings are unbearable. Then again, some people can't do evenings (I don't personally like evenings or mornings). Ideal schedule for me: classes in the middle of the day, blocked together, for 4 days. FRIDAYS OFF!
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#12 Posted : Tuesday, June 14, 2011 6:14:53 PM
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My ideal schedule would be 10-12 class, 12-1 break (for lunch/coffee, chatting with friends), 1-3 class Monday-Thursday, Friday off. A one-hour break IS a time waster, but whatever... I wouldn't be able to pay attention after sitting through two hours straight of class, so a time waster (or mind refresher, whichever you prefer) is necessary.
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#13 Posted : Tuesday, June 14, 2011 6:23:57 PM
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freebird wrote:
I seem to be the minority here, but I like having long breaks in between classes because it kind of forces me to do work while I'm out of rez (but one hour breaks are not very useful because I can't really get into study mode). If I have a bunch of classes in a row and then nothing for the rest of the day, then I'm just burnt out and can't focus on anything or I don't want to do any work. And I'm really unproductive after dinner, so I have to get my work done during the day.


Ditto!
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#14 Posted : Tuesday, June 14, 2011 8:10:06 PM
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If I got to pick, I'd like to start off the day at 10am. Not too early not too late. 1.5 hr lunch break - 1 hr sometimes aint enough. I dont mind having night classes, it just sucks when all your classes end at ~530 everyday cause many clubs here start their meetings at around 5-6. And I dont want more than 3 classes in a row.

I dont mind large gaps (2+ hrs) because they do help. A lot of the time I admit is spent on just procrastinating with friends, but it helps me regenerate mentally. Ive experienced having 3,4, and even 5 classes in a row. It really kills your brain =___=
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#15 Posted : Tuesday, June 14, 2011 11:13:27 PM
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NEVER TAKE AN 830 CLASS EVER!!!!!


I thought I'd be safe taking one, because I'm a MAJOR morning person, but as it turned out, I ended up being that kid who stayed up until 430 in the morning studying every day (because my productive hours are prom 6am-10am and from 1030pm onwards, and I ended up falling asleep in my 830 lecture almost every day, got a horrific mark on the midterm due to my complete lack of notes to study from, and then when I started going to the 930 section instead (so that I'd actually be awake), my mark in that class shot up like 25%.

Trust me, 830 class just isn't a good idea. Even for morning people.
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#16 Posted : Tuesday, June 14, 2011 11:20:35 PM
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Agreed. 8:30 classes should be avoided.
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ktel
#17 Posted : Wednesday, June 15, 2011 12:54:31 AM
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Ugh I had my third year math class at 8am MWF. So awful. It was the only time it was offered :(
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#18 Posted : Wednesday, June 15, 2011 1:00:05 AM
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My classes at U of A pretty much always started at 8 AM on MWF. Though I'm not too sure if we actually had class at that time.
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manna
#19 Posted : Wednesday, June 15, 2011 8:09:04 PM
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So is it a good idea to have someone look over your first year schedule? If so, who?
ktel
#20 Posted : Thursday, June 16, 2011 12:48:29 AM
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