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Which Timetable for this Course would You Take?  

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  1. 1. Which Timetable for this Course would You Take?

    • 9 am- 12 pm, four months
    • 9:45 am- 4 pm, one month

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I have to take a course that counts towards my degree either this winter term or in the summer. If I take it during this term, I have the following two options:


1) Saturday 9:00 AM- 12:00 PM; 17 Jan-18 Apr


2) Saturday 9:45 AM- 4:00 PM; 17 Jan- 28 Feb


As you can see, option 1 goes on for four months and is 3 hours in one day, while option 2 goes on for only one month but it's 7 hours in one day. I like option 2 because I'd get it over with quick, but 7 hours?! I don't know if I can take that. Also, which would be better in terms of learning and mastering the material...cramming more information in a shorter period of time or spreading it out during a longer period of time?

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The longer time span will definitely result in you retaining more material than cramming it all at once. So I guess it depends on how important it is that you retain the info.


Also, do you work? If you do the 7 hour per day option, you could think of it as a "job", as most jobs are at least 8 hours per day. But if you will work in addition to the class, that would be a very exhausting month.


If it was a class I was interested in learning I would go with the 4 month course. If I wanted to get it out of the way because it was a necessary class for my degree that I didn't care for, I might do the 1 month course.

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I would do option 2. I generally take 5 week long summer classes because I get bored very easily and I'd prefer to get it all over in a short amount of time than to drag it on for an entire semester. I also tend to get better grades this way.


Of course, if you feel like you will burn out very quickly then take option 1.

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I'd suggest option 1 initially, because even just one 3 hour class will generate a ton of homework. But if you're only taking that one course, then option 2 is the way to go - get it over and done with. If you are taking other courses as well, then option 2 will probably be too much of a workload.


Also, the shorter classes spread out over a longer period will result in a better understanding of the material.

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It really comes down to the type of person your are. What's best for others is not necessarily best for you. Life is not a rush. The reality is you are going to spend the same amount of time in the classroom whether you choose choice A or B. Pick the choice that will allow you to excel in the class and in your life most effectively.

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