6 Tips For Taking 6 Classes

In the Fall 2012 semester I took six classes and an internship, and in the last two weeks I wrote six final exams and completed several projects.

In the process, I sprouted dozens of white hairs, gained five pounds and my stomach was in knots all through finals. On top of all of that, I had to tell one of my best friends from Canada not to visit me. That was the worst! I told myself I would never do that again!

But…

While I know that taking six or more classes is not the ideal situation, I still had time to have a life outside of school. I went to see a play, went out to dinner several times and always found time to watch my favorite shows. Looking back, I realized six things that did or would have made taking six classes easier. So here they are:

  1. Pick classes that are somewhat similar because they will overlap: while you are studying for one class, you are also studying for another. For example, I took American Government and Communications Law.
  2. Mix up core and major classes. Sometimes 1000/2000 level classes are easier, so pair them up with upper levels to balance the load.
  3. Check ratemyprofessor.com and ask around campus about classes and professors to make sure all your classes aren’t with the hardest teachers.
  4. When you are registering, check the final exam schedule for that semester to make sure you don’t have three finals in one day like I did!!!
  5. Record your classes so you can listen to them when you are studying. It is really hard to keep all that information in your head with six classes.
  6. Find smart and motivated people to study or share notes with. My study groups have not only helped me get through my classes with good grades, the girls I met have become my friends and possibly my future colleagues.

Next semester, I am trying out an online course – I don’t know how that will go, but at least it’s one less class I have to actually go to. We’ll see.

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