Picking Classes: Tips On Creating Your Best Schedule

By Tracey Rector, Alumna of IUPUI

Choosing classes for your next semester is an exciting time. It’s one of the first things you have complete control of (well, other than it being a list given to you, but it’s a list you get to choose from).

However, scheduling classes is more than just what sounds good at the time. There are a few things to consider before making things final. You need to make sure your schedule is right for you because once you’re locked in, that’s your life for the next four or five months.

Here are a few questions to ask yourself as you’re making your decision: 
• If there are two classes scheduled close to each other, will you have enough time to get from one place to the other?
• Is there an even balance between classes you know you will struggle with and those you feel comfortable with?
• If you work, when are you working? (And be sure your employer knows school is your first priority and the work schedule should go around your school schedule)
• Do you prefer taking classes every day? Or have you considered scheduling all your classes for two or three days a week?
• What type of courseload do you want to take? Does your insurance or anything have any stipulations that say you must be a full-time student to qualify?

Also, as you’re planning, be sure to think long term.
• What classes will you have to take a few years down the road?
• Are there any classes you know you will enjoy and can save for later on in your college career during a difficult semester?

Unfortunately, there will be tougher semesters than others, but if there is a class you know you will have a hard time with, consider taking it during the summer. You can make it your only class and you can dedicate all your time to it.

With all things taken into consideration, make sure to choose what’s best for you. Some people can take 18 credit hours while others can only stomach taking 12. There is no right or wrong number of credit hours to take: It’s just what works best for you.

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