I have learned that having time down in between classes is a blessing in disguise. Its the best time to catch up with your friends, complete the homework you forgot to do the night before and eat. I hate going home if I only have an hour in between classes because it feels like a waste of time.
The following is what I do to make the time in between classes to be productive:
When I started working as a student assistant for a research professor, I realized very quickly my boss communicates only through emails. Therefore, I have gotten into the habit of checking my emails and setting up filters in my inbox to direct my emails. My school-related emails, this blog, work, and family friends all separated into different folders. It can be exhausting to be in contact with everyone via email every day, but its better than showing up to a meeting half an hour late because I was too lazy to check it two hours ago. So whenever I have downtime between classes, I reply to emails, review my schedule for the day, schedule meetings and plan events, etc.
2. Study/Rewrite My Notes
I am anal about how my notes look. I like to color-code my notes for each class and set up in a certain format. I always rewrite my notes. One because the notes I take in class, are bearly legibly. Two, I like to read the textbook and add whatever else I need to into my notes to complete them. It is a good time to sit there and review your notes especially if a test or quiz is coming up. Plus it gives you extra time in the afternoon to just cuddle up in your bed and watch the Bachelor(:
3. Get Lunch/Snack/ Coffee
I don't know about yall, but I am one cranky girl if I don't eat. I try to make sure I always pack a snack with me and have a full water bottle on me. I eat lunch on campus since I usually don't get home until 5 or 6 in the afternoon.
4. Go to office hours
I have gotten grades curved and changed from a B to an A because I went to the office and hours and talked to them about it. Sometimes I went in with just one question about the assignment and, other times I went in asked for a review for the test. Trust me, at the end of the year when you want a grade bump you are going to wish you had gone into your professor's office hours to build the communication so at the end of the year they aren't like, uhh who are you and why should I help you now?
5. Call An Old Friend or Family
Being 8 hours away from home is not easy. Calling your parents or siblings will make their day. It does not have to be a two-hour long call, just a simple phone call to tell them you miss them will do the job.