How to Set Up A Good Schedule: a Student's Perspective


Scheduling properly is the life-blood of an amazing semester. Here are some tips and experiences from our UCF intern, Marena Strauss. Let us know if you have any questions! 

Scheduling your classes can be one of the most stressful but most important things you do in a semester. Your class schedule needs to satisfy all the credits you are looking to earn in a semester, while maintaining a manageable workload, and hopefully getting good professors.

Start Early

For me, the timing of my schedule is the most important. I prefer, and would recommend, taking classes earlier in the day because it gets you up and out of bed, and you'll most likely finish classes earlier so you have your whole day to do whatever you gotta do.

Give Yourself a Long Weekend

Sometimes, if you get lucky, you might have one day where you have no classes and those are great to knock out homework; if you can plan your schedule to get a Friday or Monday with no classes, then take advantage of your long weekends! 

Watch The Class Times

I would not recommend taking more than four classes in one day because that can get exhausting real quick. It helps you stay motivated to actually attend your classes which is hard to do if they are within short times of each other. Leave yourself at least 15 minutes between classes.

Don't Overload Yourself

Also keep in mind how many credits you are taking because that can greatly affect your workload. For example, I took 12 credits last semester and honestly I was bored most of the time and wished I had homework (unimaginable right??), so this semester I’m taking 14 credits and the classes are harder; I have a lot more work to do and I have to apply myself, but I feel like I’m accomplishing more and the challenge keeps me motivated.

The main thing to keep in mind is that you are the one choosing your schedule. You know yourself best so make sure your schedule works properly for you.