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How time consuming is the coursework?

I'm asking how time-consuming the coursework in college so that I can decide how many extra clubs, jobs, internships, ect. I can pick up while still maintaining a decent GPA. I have a tendency to over book myself so I'd like to see what some have say to about the coursework and time management. #time-needed #time-management #college


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Rachel’s Answer

It is extremely time consuming, especially if you want good grades. Here is how you can stay organized and maximize your time - <span style="background-color: transparent;">You have to set a routine for yourself and stick to it for the most part. Once you get into the groove of a routine it will be much easier for you to manage your time and have enough time for everything you need to do (including relaxing). Make yourself to-do lists on a weekly basis, use Google calendar or a planner to keep track of events, deadlines, and due dates. In addition to setting a routine and sticking to it, plan out relaxing activities into your day. Or set aside a time, after everything is done for the day, that you can have "me" time. I have also personally found it essential to not only find time for myself but also make use of that time in a way that is best for me and my holistic wellness. I have found the HeadSpace app to be an essential tool in helping me relax and generally feel more relaxed throughout the day, Guided meditation, even if you have a busy schedule, will make you feel more at ease and relaxed throughout the day as a whole (not just when you have the time to relax and focus on that "me" time).</span>

<span style="background-color: transparent;">Set a routine.Use Google Calendar.Set aside Me TimeWrite weekly to-do lists and use a planner.Find a peaceful and restful activity that will help you feel relaxed.</span>


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Rachel’s Answer

This depends entirely on the type of classes you are taking. I was a Spanish literature major but was also pre-med. I spent 3-4 times at much time studying for my science and pre-med classes as I did studying for my Spanish classes. Time spent studying also depends on where your strengths lie and how easily you pick up information.

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Michael’s Answer

Hi Elizabeth,


A great question. Ultimately, you will get to decide how big of a course load you take. I would highly recommend starting your first semester with 4 classes (12 hours). I witnessed several of my friends start college taking 15 or more hours and they got extremely overwhelmed pretty quick. You'll have the ability to set your own schedule. My personal preference was to set classes back to back to back from around 11:00am-3:00pm. This gave me the morning to prepare for class, the afternoon to do my homework, and the evenings to spend time with my extracurricular activities (clubs, sports, time with friends). You will see an uptick of homework when you are in college, but it is very manageable as long as you yourself are employing proper time management.


Good luck!


Thanks,


Mike


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Melissa’s Answer

Greetings. The time-consuming part in college depends on the courses you have scheduled for that particular semester, whether full time or part time, and if you have a job or not. Some courses and instructors are easier than others. For starters, go to www.ratemyprofessors.com and it will give information on each for that particular course and rate the professor. Some may not be listed.


Hope this helps!


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Richard’s Answer

Plan to spend 2 hours studying for every hour of lecture. So a full course-load will take about 45 hours per week when you include lecture and studying. You should have plenty of spare time for activities.

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