No matter if you are a resident on your college campus or if you commute each day, all college students are left with the same struggle of figuring out what to do between college classes besides napping and watching Netflix.
These are often your most productive times of the day, but how do you take advantage of these small breaks?
Here are 19 productive things to do in between college classes:
1. Review Class Notes
Even if you don’t have an exam in your next class, it is incredibly beneficial to take some time after or before a class to review the notes you have taken. Almost like studying before the day before an exam (whaat?) this tactic will help improve your grades and cause you to feel more confident in class discussions.
2. Update Your Resume
When was the last time you updated your resume? Even if you aren’t actively looking for a job, editing and updating your resume is a good habit to practice.
3. Schedule in Your Calendar
I’m a self declared Planner Addict and Calendar Nerd. Reviewing my calendar for the day relieves my anxieties about accidentally missing any appointments or assignments. I love to take any down time to schedule in anything new that has come up and better organize my life.
4. Answer E-Mails
Being constantly in contact with everyone via email is exhausting and can cause for an overflowing inbox. Don’t let the important messages slip through the cracks – take this down time to answer any pressing emails that you may be avoiding.
Better yet? Try to achieve “inbox zero” by cleaning out old messages. That feeling of having everything in your email inbox taken care of is amazing.
5. Join a Club
If you find yourself with a lot of down time, consider stepping out of your comfort zone and joining a new club. Almost every hobby has it’s own club. Clubs are a great way to meet new people, get involved in new activities, progress a hobby or interest, and fulfill time in a creative and productive way.
6. Start a Club
On the other hand… can’t find a club where you feel like you fit? Start your own! I started my own Her Campus chapter at my college campus my first year, and it has literally changed my life and my entire college experience. Creating a club looks amazing on job or grad school applications and is very worth it.
7. Meet a Friend for Coffee
As I write this I am sitting in a coffee shop waiting for one of my friends to get out of class and come join me. Little coffee breaks and socializing time in between the class or work grind is a great way to refresh, reconnect, and improve relationships.
8. Get a Part-Time Job
On campus and other part-time jobs are usually very flexible with weird class hours. If you find yourself with a few hours between each class try to snag one of these jobs to make some extra cash with your free time. Don’t have that much time between classes? Consider becoming a freelance writer or social media manager.
9. Make Social Media More Professional
On the job hunt, or may be soon? Take a second to review your social media accounts to ensure that they are worthy of any potential employer’s eyes. After all, the 80% of employers say they Google any job applicant before they even bring them in for an interview. Crazy! Make sure you’re ready.
10. Go to Office Hours
If you’re struggling in a class, need help understanding a course concept, or have questions about an upcoming assignment stop by your professor or TA’s office hours. Not only will this create a personal connection with your instructor that shows you mean business and will go above and beyond for your education, it will help you retain important information and answer any questions you may have. Plus, let’s be honest, I’ve heard that professors get lonely and bored in their office hours when nobody stops by. Go make a friend!
11. Take a Headshot
Have a creatively designed resume that needs a headshot? Are you an actor or actress who’s last headshots were taken in high school? Need a LinkedIn update? Connect with a friend who likes photography and do a mini-photoshoot between classes. Score!
12. Rewrite Notes
Science says that rewriting notes is one of the most effective ways to memorize material. Step up your prep for your next exam now by rewriting your most recent class notes.
13. Get Started on Homework
Probably the most boring, but most rewarding, starting on homework will help you get a leg up in a class. Another pro? You won’t be staying up until all hours of the night working on a project because you already started it!
14. Outline a Big Paper
Don’t want to tackle an entire assignment right now? Make baby steps by outlining your next big paper. Even jotting down simple topic ideas and specific points to hit will pay off when it comes to cram time.
15. Read a Book for Fun
As a college student, when is the last time you read a book for fun? Channel your inner kid and pull out one of your favorite old books. Unwind and remember what fun reading can be.
16. Make a To-Do List
Every week is a crazy week in college. Stay on top of your game by making a to-do list of everything you want to accomplish today or this week. Then – get going and complete the list.
17. Call an Old Friend
As we start college, it is not uncommon for us to leave behind our friends from high school. Reconnect by calling them during your next class break.
18. Start a Blog
Starting a blog has been one of the most rewarding things that I have done in my college career. Give yourself a creative outlet, the possibility of making a little side cash, and a great resume booster by starting up your own blog.
19. Go on An Adventure
Discover a new coffee shop around town. Visit a new beach. Try out a new hiking trail. Be adventurous and explore your surroundings outside of your college campus!
What are your favorite things to do between college classes?