As of 12:50 today, I am done classes for the week! Wouldn’t it be nice if high school weeks ended at 1 PM on Thursday?
? I think you and my friends should hang out on the weekends ? (Weekends! – Skrillex)
Actually, the magnitude of ridiculousness here really offsets the early end to the week. Due to procrastination in registering my courses, I managed to build a stacked timetable. Here is my weekly timetable for the Fall 2011 semester:
Note that classes end 10 minutes before the time it says, to allow you to get to the next class.
It could be worse, in terms of more stacking, or distance between classes. I’m lucky that my engineering mechanics, calculus and linear algebra lectures all take place in the same building, SITE (the engineering building, it looks really cool by the way). My chemistry lecture is in the Marion auditorium, which is approximately 2 minutes away from SITE.
Keep in mind though that for every hour of class you have 1-2 hour of homework (on average). So for all of those blocks there that say lecture and lab, double it. I’ve included the lab because, well, you have to do lab reports. Unlike the ones on the schedule, homework time is variable, which means that they aren’t exactly blocks of 90 minutes, and you can fit them in whenever you don’t have a class. (However squishing in 18- 36 hours of homework between Friday and Saturday isn’t realistically possible, and I doubt you’ll do well on anything there.) Do note that by homework includes reading and solving problems.
Also there is other variable “academic time” that aren’t on the timetable, nor have I discussed. There are such things as residence study groups here (which unfortunately take place when I have a class, or aren’t offered for courses that I think I need help with), and tutors. If you participate in these then make sure you account for those blocks of time (in this case, homework might be slightly less time).
So if you think that it’s awesome that I get a three-day weekend every week, well it’s really only a three-day weekend if I put in 27 or so hours during the Monday to Thursday on out-of-class academic time (that’s just my fancy way of saying homework).
Midterms are coming up soon, and unfortunately I have a few on October 20, which will probably be all in the morning, as that’s a Thursday!