How to Schedule Classes

Five Methods:Before 8th Grade8th Grade9th GradeCollege BoundNot College Bound Students

Okay, so you have set classes for the day, and you always seem to forget, right? Well, that's no excuse. First of all, you can get help, so here is the step by step guide to your success in scheduling classes.


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    Ask your teacher for a class schedule/timetable or make your own, you should also have a little notebook to write notes down to help you with homework. Secondly, a big thing for students is going to the toilet, but try to schedule your toilet stops for lunch breaks. Therefore, you won't miss important details in classes.

Method 1
Before 8th Grade

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    Choose fun, interesting classes. The classes you take will not be heavily scrutinized by others. Take classes you know you'll enjoy. In addition, do not choose difficult classes for you.
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    Consider taking an honors class. If you are even considering going to college, it is a good idea to take at least one challenging class. Now is the time to make mistakes, and if you get in over your head, dropping the class won't be as big of a deal. Do the best you can and don't worry so much about your grade in the class. Later, when you're deciding what to take in high school, you'll appreciate knowing what to expect in an honors or AP class.
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    Make sure you have time for extra-curriculars. Do as much as you can in Middle School. You may not have as much time later, and if you have to cut back on extracurriculars, you'll know what you really enjoy, and what you don't mind dropping.
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    Take any prerequisites you might need later. Though it may be hard to think ahead, some classes require you to take a class before you can take it. For example, if you want to do your school newspaper, you might have to take journalism, photography, or maybe even a business class. Thinking about that now will save you a lot of stress later.

Method 2
8th Grade

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    Take as hard a schedule as you can handle. Your 8th grade year will greatly influence your 9th grade schedule. You will have more options on what classes you are going to take just by taking 1 or 2 honors classes.
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    Think about college. While college may seem an eternity away, it's really only a few more years. You should start to think about whether you intend to go to college, or if you want to start working right out of high school. If you don't want to go to college, see about any vocational opportunities available for you next year, or even this year if your middle school is big enough. If you intend to go to college, think about programs that might be able to help you. If you come from a low income family or are a member of a minority group, there may be programs at local colleges to help you.

Method 3
9th Grade

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    Decide whether you want to go to college. If you think you might possibly go to college, take at least one honors class in your strong subject(s). Take as many as you think you can possibly handle.
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    Talk to current students. People who are still in the school or have recently graduated will know the teachers pretty well. They will also be able to tell you how difficult classes are. Believe it or not, all honors classes are not hard. In fact some of them will be about the same as the regular class, but you'll get a weighted grade for it. An insider's perspective will help you take advantage of those opportunities. Avoid people who graduated more than 2 years ago, however, as curriculums and teachers change fairly quickly. What was hard then might be easy now and vice versa.
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    Take prerequisites. Your options for electives will probably be pretty limited, so take classes that have to be taken before classes you really like. Even if you aren't so excited about taking a class on how to use Microsoft Word, take it anyway if you'll need it later to take a programming elective.
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    Avoid dropping classes. Dropping classes is often frowned upon by colleges if they find out. Do your research at the beginning of the year so you aren't trying to put in more work than you can handle and if you do find yourself struggling consider getting a tutor rather than dropping the class. Only drop a class as a last resort if you truly cannot cope.

Method 4
College Bound

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    Take the hardest schedule you can. The harder your schedule, the better your chances of getting into college. Don't take a class just to try it and if it's too hard you'll drop it; instead do your research beforehand. Talk to students currently taking the class and ask if you can see an assignment. You might even want to try doing the assignment if you have time to see what the class will be like.
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    Drop classes in the summer. If you must drop a class, try to do it before school starts. Most schools have faculty members working year round, so if you call or email your guidance office, someone will probably be available to help you. If you drop during the summer, chances are it won't show up on your transcript.
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    Research colleges. Once you know what type of school you want to go to, you can schedule accordingly. Check out a couple schools and see what courses you might want to take. College Board has a great search engine where you can compare what you are planning to take with colleges you are considering. You can also line up colleges side by side and compare them (This service is free, but if you want to save your searches, you need to make an account).
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    Avoid study halls. If you don't need a study hall, don't take it. Take another class instead. Study halls won't give you credit, and you'll probably be bored a lot of the time. If you decide to take a study hall and you can choose the order of your classes, request a last period study hall. That way you'll have all of your homework assigned. If you have a morning study hall, you'll be more likely to put off homework until the morning, which has its risks. If you are only taking a study hall to get ahead in class rank, realize that colleges don't put as much stock in your class rank as they do your schedule. They'll be far more impressed if you have an extra AP class, but have a .001 lower GPA than you would have had you taken the study hall.
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    Maintain communication with your guidance counselor. Your advisors job is to keep you on track. He/she will be able to help you choose a schedule that's right for you. Even if you think your schedule is bullet-proof, take it to your advisor to look over and discuss. Your counselor probably knows more about the college admissions process than you do, and will have a different perspective to offer you.
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    Schedule your humanities classes for the afternoon. Nobody, your teachers included, wants to sit do AP Chemistry at two in the afternoon after already having dealt with the rest of the day.
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    Avoid taking classes just because your friends are taking them. You might not end up in the same class as your friends anyway. Especially if the class is taught by multiple teachers at several different times. Undoubtedly you'll meet new people in your classes and if you don't, you'll have plenty of time to talk to your friends between classes.
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    Alternate difficult classes with easier ones. If you are able to choose which class period you have a class, try to give yourself an easy class between hard ones. You'll appreciate the break and be refreshed for the next class.
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    Consider taking an online class. Online classes can help you get ahead, but they can also put a strain on an already difficult schedule. If they are available to you, talk to your counselor to see if they might be right for you.

Method 5
Not College Bound Students

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    Take interesting classes. College isn't right for everyone. Some people prefer to start working instead. You can enjoy high school best by choosing classes that you think you'll enjoy.
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    Consider a vocational program. Some schools offer a vocational program that will allow you to gain valuable work skills. If one is available to you, consider it's benefits.


  • It's never too early to think about next year. Start thinking about next year as soon as you can so you can make the right decisions for you.


  • DON'T STRESS ( if you really feel under pressure talk to your teacher)

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