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Pros and Cons of Taking Evening Classes

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Here is my testimony of the pros and the con's of taking an evening class!

What was your experience taking evening nursing classes?

Pros and Cons of Taking Evening Classes

Evening classes are definitely an experience. Most campuses in the evening are the complete opposite of the morning and the evening students' hustle and bustle shuffling to and from class.  Taking an evening class was always ideal for me as I never truly was a morning person (slowly but surely changing).  I enjoyed taking an evening class last semester, and I can say it was quite a journey!  Here is a list of the pros and cons of taking evening classes!

Pros

1- Extra sleep

One major perk that I had as a prereq student is that I've gotten extra sleep! While my classes started at 1pm and I would get up at around 10am or 11am (I went to bed some days at 5am), I lacked sleep. But when taking an evening class (during the first half of my course), I benefited from the extra rest.  To add to this, getting 8hrs of sleep helps tremendously!

2- More time to study

My evening classes started at 6pm, so after waking up and doing the basics (breakfast, shower, brushing teeth, etc.) I had more time to study, whether it was reviewing videos or quizlets. With the extra time for studying for evening classes, I can stay that I came to class more prepared than I normally did when my classes were in the afternoon.

3- More chill / laid back students

When taking my evening classes, I encountered more chilled and laid back students. Most of my classmates were in their forties and up, and the rest were in their twenties.  The vibe in the class was very chill and relaxed. The course actually helped and encouraged each other, which was a first for me!

4- More focused

With more than 8 hours of sleep and studying the chapter before class started, I felt more focused.  For people who are not morning people, going to an evening class will help them stay more concentrated!

5- More interaction with the professor

In my experience, the teacher was much more engaged than usual. Because class either ended 5 minutes early or on time, the teacher was very eager to explain anything that caused confusion. Even sitting 30 minutes after class to talk about life and to explain material more! I took Microbiology in the evening, and my professor did work in this field, which really helped me understand the material.

Cons

1- Excessive sleep/ Disrupted sleep cycle

During the second half of the semester, I took advantage of the extra sleep to the point where it disrupted my sleeping cycle. I went from going to bed in the wee hours of the early morning to going to sleep at the crack of dawn. It took me several months to get to the point where I will sleep at a normal time.

2- Occasional boredom

There were times during evening class, to where I want to either be in bed watching TV or going out to dinner. Sometimes going into evening class was very boring (depending on the chapters covered).

3- Long days

I took a science class in the evening, I'd arrive an hour early to review, class started at 6pm, and sometimes we'd end at 9:45pm. It would be very grueling sometimes, especially when writing lab results and then looking at specimens under a microscope! To make a long day longer, I had other courses to study for as well.

4- Food woes

If you're like me, you're usually hungry when you're about to leave class. In my community college, we are literally surrounded by fast food. While this seems awesome at first, it really isn't because you literally start craving it.

5- Social/Normal life is altered

If you are a person who is very eager to participate in school, one thing I can say is that it's going to be changed. I was a part of clubs and had to depart and put more time into studying. Even the free time that I usually had during the weekends went into studying.

How was your experience with evening classes? 🙂 


References

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CommunityRNBSN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Community health. Has 3 years experience.

I’m taking late-afternoon classes right now. They start at 4pm and go until about 7. I hate it!  I am such a morning person. By 5pm I feel like my day should be DONE. Plus, it’s right at supper time!  

Just now, CommunityRNBSN said:

I’m taking late-afternoon classes right now. They start at 4pm and go until about 7. I hate it!  I am such a morning person. By 5pm I feel like my day should be DONE. Plus, it’s right at supper time!  

Hey there 🙂 do you tire out around this time?

MiladyMalarkey, ASN, BSN

Specializes in Neuro. Has 2 years experience.

It was 50/50 for me taking evening classes. I like the age range, our youngest was 19 & oldest 65, it was cool having such a range of people with different life experiences. Half the class had kids, half didn't. I didn't dig class going till 9-10pm though, at about 8-9pm my brain started to shut down. But on test days I'd go to school a few hours early & review, that was nice.  Also had to plan your food out, if you didn't, visiting the vending machine was unsatisfying. It sometimes disrupted my family time, but not terribly. Also more convenient to get other non related school errands done during the day. Like I said 50/50, good & bad. But it worked with my life schedule & I finished so it was manageable & in the end worth it.

4 hours ago, MiladyMalarkey said:

It was 50/50 for me taking evening classes. I like the age range, our youngest was 19 & oldest 65, it was cool having such a range of people with different life experiences. Half the class had kids, half didn't. I didn't dig class going till 9-10pm though, at about 8-9pm my brain started to shut down. But on test days I'd go to school a few hours early & review, that was nice.  Also had to plan your food out, if you didn't, visiting the vending machine was unsatisfying. It sometimes disrupted my family time, but not terribly. Also more convenient to get other non related school errands done during the day. Like I said 50/50, good & bad. But it worked with my life schedule & I finished so it was manageable & in the end worth it.

Hello there , the age range is always a good benefit and I agree with going to school until 10pm , in some ways I wish I was in bed with a movie , you're not alone with that 🙂 I'm actually thinking of taking a evening class again