Course Load Tips
- Find out if you need to enroll full-time. If covered by a parent or guardian�s insurance policy, you may have to be enrolled full-time in order to maintain coverage. Also, students receiving TOPS are required to enroll full-time.
- Figure out how much time you really have for classes and studying. There are 168 hours in a week. So subtract from 168 the number of hours you spend each week on non-academic activities (e.g., eating, sleeping, work, traveling/commuting, parenting, hobbies, TV, etc.) How much time is left over? This is the amount of time that you can dedicate to academics.
- Create a balanced schedule. Select some classes that will challenge you. Select others in subject areas that come more naturally to you. Choose course in subject areas that interest you. Don�t choose a course because you�ve heard it�s easy. What�s easy for one person may not be easy for the next. Also, if an �easy� course isn�t interesting to you, you won�t want to do the work.
- Give yourself some breaks!! An ideal schedule includes some time off in between classes. This �free time� can be used to process material just covered in your last class and to review material to be covered in the upcoming one.
- Determine when you learn best. If possible, schedule your classes at those times.