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OMG: I'm considering taking 6 courses this fall instead of the typical 5 I usually take, my schedule is emptier than usual and consists of more breaks. Any advice on taking 6 courses or experiences in terms of work load/time management strategies you've learned. Anything would be helpful.

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  1. engineers do it all the time. suck it up

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    1. Suck what up? OP is doing it by choice and isn't complaining at all.

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  2. It was pretty horrid. Worse term ever. :(

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  3. depends on your discipline. i'm in arts (psych) and have been doing extra courses for three terms now and it's been alright. best advice i can give is to make sure you know exactly what the courses are like before you go into them. (ie. look at prof reviews, past syllabuses, ask friends, etc.)

    my first time doing a 6 course term was easy... just mostly midterms and finals so i studied on my own time. jobmine was a harder thing to do than my term work. this term, i'm doing 6 courses again but it's too high maintenance because i have to go to group meetings, write a shit ton of papers, and do presentations on top of midterms and exams. but at least jobmine was easier this time around.

    also consider that if you're in co-op, you might wanna be careful if you take too many courses. waterloo will bump you up a term and apparently CECA goes apeshit when that happens. i'm at a situation right now where i'm fast-tracking too fast and they're restricting my enrollment for my next academic term, but again, depends on your faculty. good luck! :)

    TLDR; time management, hunt down syllabuses, check yourself before you wreck yourself. and i strongly advice you check before you get wrecked :(

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    1. pffft. Arts doesn't count. 6 courses in arts is a joke. It probably feels more like a class or two.

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    2. @3a - Pffft. You're just hating on Arts cause you suck at Arts courses.

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    3. 3 here LOL

      @3A: I don't take offense to your comment at all, because sometimes, it does feel like a "joke," mostly because the job I will be doing next term has nothing to do with my major or my field of study (it's a UX job...), and some of our courses are quite questionable, but to each their own. However, please don't judge Arts' students based on their courses... especially if you've never taken a full course load before with Arts courses. If you have and find it a joke, that's your opinion, and I respect that.

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  4. I haven't had experience taking extra courses,but I'm rather (over-)involved in extra-curriculars so time management was something I personally had to learn.

    I find that when I get tired, I procrastinate.... and from the 2nd week of September, I'm tired a lot. Extensions/apps like Get Focused and Cold Turkey helped me a ton.

    Get a calendar/agenda/whatever, and really use it. Use it heavily in the first two weeks of school and let it become a habit. Write down what you have to do for the day, the week and the month! When you wake up in the morning, just mentally review or plan what you have to do for the day and write it down (i.e. "I need to read x pages for today and do this assignment-- I'll do the readings in between my 11:30 and 3:00 classes, and I'll do the assignment after dinner").

    I'm a visual learner, so I find it really helpful to put every single due date on one of those big wipeable Waterloo calendars-- use the four-month side as opposed to the one with only one month. It gives you better perspective, I think, and now you won't forget anything coming up.

    Good luck, OP! I'm sure you'll rock it.

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  5. Make sure to talk to the prof if you find yourself having a bunch of assignments due at once.

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  6. I've taken extra courses before and my best advice would be to just make sure you keep up with your schedule. Once you start falling behind it is hard to catch up. As long as you stick to a study schedule you should be fine!

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  7. I am an Eng student and I've taken an extra course every school term except 2B. It's very possible if you make peace with being busy all the time- in my program I think taking an extra course is actually helpful, because I really ought to be working all the time. Without an extra course I can sometimes coast for a few days, but that's not a good habit.

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    1. Also just as a follow-up, it probably wouldn't hurt to try it for a few weeks and then drop if you're getting too stressed as midterms approach.

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  8. I'm in CS. it's doable.

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  9. Just do 20 practice problems very single day

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  10. It's doable if it's 2 midterm + final type of course. if there's too many assignments/group projects, it's a bit harder to handle. It's also easier if it doesn't have an exam component...handling 6 exams is bit a stressful if it's worth a lot (>50%) like in a lot of science courses.

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  11. I completely regretted taking 6 courses.

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