Class Times: AM or PM?

scheduling class times in college

This is what happens when you have to wake up for 8:00 a.m. classes every day. Photo courtesy of clemensonunivlibrary

One of the perks of being a freshman is that the office of academic affairs will make your schedule for you—there’s no spending hours before registration checking class times and availabilities, wait-lists, fulfillment of credit requirements, or any of the thousand other things that take up so much of our time and sanity as college students.

Still, there’s even more perks to not being a freshman and being able to schedule classes on your own, including not being stuck with having to wake up at times too early for your body to function, or so late that you feel like you should be getting ready for bed.

There are three options for when you can take classes—and there ought to be one that suits you. Even though I can almost guarantee that you won’t get all your classes at the times that are ideal for you, there’s nearly almost always a way of getting most of them to accommodate you. So how do you choose the option that’s best for you? Here are a few tips.

Scheduling Class Times: Morning Classes

scheduling class times

Morning classes are not for everyone! Photo by D Sharon Pruitt

Most colleges start classes at 8:00 a.m., with morning classes lasting up until noon. These times are ideal for students who are early birds—and although for some people like me that sounds like crazy talk, I’ve met a few people who do like waking up early.

For some, waking up early means getting classes done with before noon and then having the afternoon and evening free for themselves to do homework, take a nap (despite the fact that most of the early birds I’ve known like to take advantage of the rest of the day to do more productive things), work, exercise, or a number of other things.

If you are like me, and you have a hard time waking up in the mornings and your brain doesn’t really begin to function until around 10:00 a.m., then morning classes probably aren’t your strong suit, although late morning classes are also an option.

My roommate Andrea was kind enough to offer herself as an example of a pro-morning class student. She says that although 8:00 a.m. classes are undeniably a drag more often than not, it’s comforting to get back into the routine she had been accustomed to in high school, waking up early and having the entire rest of the day to work on whatever she wants. Andrea’s ideal day would start with a run or a visit to the gym early in the morning, with classes beginning at 10:00 a.m. and the last one finishing by 2:00 p.m.

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