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is it better to make your college classes in the morning or afternoon

is it better to make your college classes in the morning or afternoon

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Thank you comment icon My recommendation would be to take morning classes. It allows you to potentially work part time in the evenings or afternoon. Taking morning classes also keeps your day moving along and helps you keep productive. Sandy Tiscareno
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Randy’s Answer

Tahjey,

It took me a long time to figure out that I was more of a morning person, than I was an evening person. Take some time to notice when you feel the most energetic, productive, and when you're most in the mood for learning. By fine tuning your schedule to match your rhythms of your most productive times, you'll feel a lot better as you learn and study.

Best of luck! 🙏

Randy recommends the following next steps:

Keep personal notes on your phone, noting when you feel most productive.
Ask yourself: when do I feel most open to learning and studying?
Match your schedule to your own rhythm and personal awareness patterns.
Thank you comment icon Great advice, Randy! Jay Weinstein
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Priya’s Answer

Hi Tahjey, this completely depends on you! Are you a morning, afternoon or evening person? I learned pretty quickly in college that I did not pay attention as well in my morning classes as opposed to my afternoon classes! And evenings felt the worst to me! It really just depends on when you feel best and most comfortable to learn. You can always try out different times and see how you feel. Or you can check what times there are better professors at! Good luck =)!
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Smitha’s Answer

Tahjey, thought I'd share one more consideration for you in case your life situation is the same as mine was - I discovered I was a morning person for my classes, but also had to juggle the part time job I had while studying ... so I was able to make a deal with my employer to work hybrid hours to make up for some of the mornings when I had classes. Good luck on finding out your unique formula, sometimes it's the best part :)
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John’s Answer

Tahjey scheduling classes for the first time in college can be overwhelming. There are many different types of classes to choose from, different professors who teach them, and various times during which you can take them. And of course, there’s the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic to worry about. While some of your required courses may have a limited set of class times throughout the week, you will have the best experience if you keep your own interests in mind. Are you more of a night owl or an early bird? Do you need a lot of breaks in between your classes to help you concentrate? Do you have a job? Take into account the times of day when you are the most attentive and use that information to help you schedule your classes.

If you schedule the bulk of your classes in the morning, you’ll be able to get them out of the way early on and have the rest of the day to yourself. That said, many students enjoy the perk of finishing their classes early, so morning courses tend to fill up fast. If you are serious about taking a particular class at an early time, make sure you act quickly as soon as you’re able to enroll. Morning classes are great excuses to work on maintaining a healthy sleep schedule. Especially since this is likely the first time you’ll be living independently, it’s easy to slip into the habit of waking up at noon and lazing around for most of the day.

If you are not a morning person (and don’t see that changing anytime soon), I wouldn’t recommend morning classes. You might not wake up on time, and even if you do, you might be too tired to concentrate. You might even skip class on purpose to stay in bed, making you miss important material and get points deducted from your grade due to poor attendance. Another downfall to a morning class is the fact that you might not have time to do your homework before class. Sometimes we all forget to do our homework, so an early class might make it hard to squeeze in some last-minute work before it starts.

As a freshman, having afternoon classes may be the easiest to handle. You’re less likely to oversleep; the sun is up, so you’re up! Not only will you not have to worry about waking up on time, but you will also be more alert and able to focus. A downfall to afternoon classes is that it might be difficult to balance your school schedule with a job (if you have one). If you prefer afternoon classes, however, you might want to consider a work-study. Since work-study is a student employment opportunity directly run through your school, it is easier to get your employer to work around your schedule. It is flexible and convenient, giving you more opportunities to take the courses you want while making spending money.

Hope this helpful Tahjey
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Joe’s Answer

It really and truly depends on you and the other stuff you have going on in life.

It is great you are thinking about this as "time management" is a great life skill.

Do you want to spread out your classes?
Do you want to take alot in a short time?
Do you want to try to take them all on M, W F or T, Th?
What time will you budget for studying?

As a college student, I was most productive taking classes mid-morning, then using 2-4 every day as a routine study period. This formula left me with lots and lots of time for fun as well!
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Audrey’s Answer

Hi Tahjey!

I am a working student so when I signed up for classes, I typically scheduled any in person classes in the morning to allow myself the rest of the day to work. I also took online classes which can be challenging, but once you get the hang of them they become easier. I just completed my Bachelor's degree online while working as well. My advice is to try out a few different things and see what works best for you and your study habits.
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Nancy’s Answer

This all depends on when you feel you will learn the most. If you are a morning person, choose morning classes. If you won't wake up for your 8am class, schedule your classes for later! The great thing about college is the same class is offered at different times so you can choose what works best for you! There is also a drop period where you can drop a class. If for some reason the class time you chose is not working for you, you can drop that class time and find another that better suits you. Good luck!
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Brad’s Answer

This is probably more of a personal preference than anything else. I think it starts with identifying when you’re most productive. From there looking at you schedule day to day what makes sense and works best. I preferred morning classes because I had obligations in the afternoon and I’m more of a morning person anyway. In college you’ll most likely have Monday, Wednesday, Friday classes and then other classes on Tuesdays and thursdays. I eventually got to the point where I only had Tuesday/Thursday classes by my senior year which was great!
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Sara’s Answer

I recommend the morning for classes. Waking up early will start conditioning you for when you work an 8-5pm job (assuming that is the route you go after graduation). Also, if you are not disciplined enough to wake up in the morning to study or get classwork done, you may find yourself staying up very late at night after class to do that. Hope this helps out in the decision making process!
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Madelyn’s Answer

Great question Tahjey,

Taking college classes in the morning or afternoon truly depends on your needs. I am a morning person therefore; attending college during the day was great when I was younger. I also worked in the afternoon. However, when I completed my master I worked during the day & took classes at night at that worked well too. I can tell you that my daughter took both morning & afternoon classes while in college. She preferred afternoons because she likes to sleep late.

Therefore attending morning or afternoon classes depends on your specific needs. I am sure you will make it work with either morning or afternoon classes.

Best of luck!
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Joshua’s Answer

It depends if your a morning person and if you have other responsibilities during the day. Determine how those will affect you completing your educational task. Figure out what schedule works best for you based off that.
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Theresa’s Answer

I agree with the others that it depends on your personality. And your morning/evening "style" can change throughout your life. You could try a couple morning classes and also a couple evening classes and pay attention to yourself during the classes. Do you feel too tired? Are you able to stay focused? Which class (morning or evening) did you feel more productive?
Best of luck!
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Corbin’s Answer

As a commuter to college I stacked all my classes back to back two days a week. This created long days, but I pulled through and had uninterrupted time M-W-F to do homework. I have had great experiences in morning and night classes.

Focus on finding the best professor rather than the class time if the time does not matter as much. For the most part people have the most energy and are most alert in the beginning of the day.

Corbin recommends the following next steps:

Take the Chronotype Quiz to learn more: https://www.alterrapure.com/blogs/news/your-sleep-type-identify-your-chronotype-with-dr-michael-breus-the-sleep-doctor
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Renee’s Answer

Hello Tahjey. This really depends on your personality, e.g. are you a morning person ("early bird gets the worm" or a night owl where you might be more focused at night when there are no interruptions. I personally am not a morning person so taking a 7am or 8am course was not in my best interest. What I did is looked for courses that started at 10am or later. Best of luck to you!
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samantha’s Answer

Totally depends on you and if you're a morning person! I loved taking my classes in the morning, because I didn't mind getting up early and then having the rest of the day free after my classes. But if you prefer to sleep in and have a slow start, then afternoon classes would work better for you. I think it would be best to try out different schedules if you're curious one quarter/semester.
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Dana’s Answer

I think this depends on if you are a morning or a night person! If you tend to wake up later in the day, I would say take classes in the afternoon and vice versa. However, I did realize that if you take a lot of classes in the morning, you will have more time in the afternoon/night.
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Joanna’s Answer

This truly depends on your own learning style! For me, I figured out I studied best in the mornings, so I preferred either morning or afternoon classes. With morning classes, I felt more awake, so I didn't zone out as often in class as I did with late afternoon classes. With afternoon classes (11am-2pm), I was still awake and pretty engaged, and I preferred these over the earlier classes. I preferred using my early mornings to work out then study for classes and complete my other assignments. However, it took some experimenting for me to finally figure out a good schedule! As such, I recommend you try out morning, afternoon, and night classes and see which works out best for you! Hope this helps!
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Teresa’s Answer

I personally prefer afternoon classes because I am less likely to skip them.
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Shweta’s Answer

Its a personal choice. You should pick up a time when your brain is most active.

I prefer to take college classes in morning when my mind is fresh.

Hope this helps!
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Josh’s Answer

Mid morning is the best
Thank you comment icon Hi Josh! I totally agree with you. Could you provide some more details for the student in your answer? They might be curious why you suggest this. Thanks! Alexandra Carpenter, Admin
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Paul’s Answer

I always found it better to take afternoon courses.

This was because it allowed me to get more rest and enabled better preparation for classes. In the morning I always seemed to be more sluggish, while in the afternoon I was more alert and ready to learn.

Plus, I discovered that classed in the afternoon were held every other day, rather than every day. This allowed more time to complete assignments and do research. My experience was that I performed better academically in later scheduled courses, than ones held early in the morning.
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Katie’s Answer

Hey there!

This completely depends on you and your personality. I know that I am a morning person. I am better at working out in the morning, more focused on work tasks in the morning/early PM, better at presenting earlier in the day. My mind tires throughout the day. In college I remember I took all early morning/early afternoon classes. I also worked to ensure my scheduled allowed for Friday off (took classes Mon-Thurs only). It helps to make a to-do list and ensure that whatever MUST get done that day or the next day is complete and for me that happens in the morning.

Good luck!
Katie
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Kelsa’s Answer

Hello Tahjey, I see that you have several well thought out answers. And I will have to agree that it is based off your personality as well as your extracurricular activities, employment, etc. Going through college, one goes through a constant period of trial and error. From studying practices to how you prioritize your time, you eventually learn what works for you. I will suggest, because our brains aren’t fully awake until about 10 am, if you do plan on taking morning classes, ensure they’re subjects you’re comfortable in. I know from experience that it’s better that way. Either way, this journey will help you evolve. I wish you all the luck.
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