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Managing Your Time

One important aspect of a successful college career is managing your time well. Making the right choices about how to spend your time is one of the most important things you will do. The following information will assist you with planning your time and schedule at MVCC.

Unlike the formal structure of a high school schedule, a college schedule can be very unstructured. You are in charge of your own schedule. Several sections of the same class may be offered at various times of the day. It is up to you to select the day and time which best meet your needs. It is possible to arrange your schedule so that you may attend classes on certain days of the week. In other words, it is not mandatory for you to attend classes Monday through Friday.

It is important to consider all aspects of your life when planning your class schedule. Work, family commitments, recreational activities, and other areas must be included in your daily schedule. In fact, you are encouraged to take into consideration all aspects of your life when planning your class schedule.

Planning time for study is one of the most important ingredients of academic success. Most college classes require far more study time than high school classes. A general rule of thumb to follow when trying to set up a time schedule for studying is: plan on two hours of study per week for each credit you are enrolled in. For example, a three-credit course may require six hours of study per week. We recognize many students are working while taking classes. Balancing work, school and other priorities can be challenging. To that end, we recommend the following:

If you work, take no more than:

  • 40 hours per week, take up to 6 credits
  • 30 hours per week, take up to 9 credits
  • 20 hours per week, take up to 12 credits
  • 15-5 hrs per week, take 13-16 credits

Please note that taking less than 12-15 credits a semester will result in taking longer to finish a certificate or degree program.

Because effective time management plays a key role in your success at MVCC, please stop by the Learning Center to schedule an appointment with a peer tutor or to develop a personal study plan for academic success.

Lizabeth Doherty
Coordinator of the First Year Experience

Alumni College Center 208

Phone: (315) 792-5377