Productive Things You Can Do Between Classes

Whether you’re the type of student who purposefully schedules all your classes back to back or you accidentally ended up with two (or more) classes in a row, you’re now stuck with those awkward ten or fifteen minutes between classes. If you have to walk across campus to get to your next class, this isn’t as much of a problem, but if your classes are in the same building, or even the same floor, it can be all too tempting to just pull out your phone and start scrolling through social media.


While this can be fun, wouldn’t it be great to use those ten or fifteen minutes for something productive? Luckily, there are lots of small tasks you can do between classes to make your day easier or prepare for your next class!


  1. Get out a set of flashcards. While you might not have enough time between classes to pull out textbooks and notebooks and get any serious studying done, this is a great time to flip through a set of flashcards, either on paper or on your phone. Whether it’s matching authors with their books for your literature class or preparing for a vocab quiz in a foreign language class, flashcards are a very effective way to study, and fit perfectly into your time between classes!
  2. Check your email. You should be doing this anyway, but take those few minutes before your next class to check your inbox! Especially if you get a lot of emails, it can be easy to get behind and lose an important message that you needed to read or reply to quickly. Staying on top of your email is key, so whenever you have a few minutes (like between classes) is a great time to read any new emails or send a quick reply to someone.
  3. Text your mom. Or your dad, or your grandma, or your best friend – you get the idea. You may not have time for a full phone call, but you know that your family and friends miss you and you miss them, so take the time to send them a quick text. Even if it’s just to confirm a time later in the week for a phone call, the person you’re texting will appreciate it!
  4. Review your notes. This could mean rereading the notes you just took in the previous class, or reading last week’s notes to prep for your coming class – both are great ideas! Reviewing notes soon after you take them helps ensure that you’ll remember the information even more thoroughly, which is super important come exam time. In the same way, reviewing old notes before the next class can help you prepare to learn and retain new material. So pull out your notes and get a little studying done while you wait for your next class!
  5. Have a snack. Who doesn’t like snacks? Between classes, work, and extracurriculars, it’s important to keep your energy up throughout the day. While many professors don’t mind if you eat in class (as long as you’re not disturbing other students), eating a snack can be a distraction that causes you to miss important information. You can avoid this by saving your snacks to eat between classes. Another great thing about this is that you can multitask – while you’re eating your snack you can be checking your email or writing in your planner.
  6. Use your planner. Right after class is a great time to enter your homework assignments into your planner while they’re fresh in your mind. The syllabus will usually have all the information you need, but professors like to make changes, so take the time between classes to update your to-do list with any new tasks rather than wait until later, when you’ll be more likely to forget something.