Set students up for success: four courses per-semester

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Let’s continue on the topic of finding more time in our lives to do things other than just school. I’m by no means making the argument that eight hours a day spent on school is a bad thing. However, it shouldn’t be eight hours a day, seven days a week, plus 15 or more hours dedicated to a job, plus a few hours to have a social life, sleep — the list goes on and on.

If university students were only required to take four courses a semester, it would allow for more time and effort to be put into each course. Personally, as probably for most students, it seems that every time one exam gets taken, there are four more to study for. Maybe some people will say that four courses compared to five doesn’t make a huge difference, or that it could slow down graduation.

The point is not to make a huge difference, the point is that it would make some difference, enough that it would allow students a better opportunity to succeed in all courses.

Many times throughout each semester, it becomes difficult to allocate time to every course each week. Some weeks, there will be one or two courses where the workload is so much, that you focus all your energy on those classes. With one less course each semester, it would be easier for students to continue to allocate time to each course each week, no matter if there are exams or assignments due.

Additionally, most students have at least one class each semester that is an elective. Though many students will choose an elective in their field or somewhat relevant to what they’re studying, not having to fill five courses wouldn’t hinder major requirements for many programs.

Everyone paints the picture of university as a social life, courses, time to study, experience living on your own and everything in between. It’s supposed to be the time of everyone’s lives, but how many people really feel they have time for that university experience?

Plenty of students also end up with difficult schedules in their later years of their undergraduate degrees. Some students are at school for more than 12 hours in a day, some with back to back lectures or labs running two or three hours each. For me, a day with three 90-minute classes can be a lot some weeks. With jobs and other classes to prepare for other days of the week, those days with hours upon hours of classes don’t leave people with a lot of energy to do readings or study for exams.

There is also the notion that while in university, students have to pull tough hours and long nights to get the grades they want. There is something to be said for reducing the workload just enough to allow students to not feel over stressed when putting in those extra hours, taking exams in December and April, and getting prepared for lectures each wee

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