Last Updated: August 28, 2014
by Andrea Cerny
Registering for classes can be stressful and frustrating. The classes you want might be filled and the others may be uninteresting or their times clash with your other classes. To avoid such a conundrum, you need to plan ahead and adjust accordingly. Here are some useful tips to help you get the prefect class schedule!
1. Take care of all of your required courses.
Every major at every college has a list of course requirements that must be satisfied in order to graduate with a degree, so understanding those requirements is a good first step. Once you have researched the requirements and learned more about the available classes, you can then loosely plan out your remaining years at school. Some of your classes may overlap and/or satisfy general education courses, which will give you more freedom to choose other fun classes to take outside of your requirements. Pay attention to classes that have pre-requisites (a class that must be taken before you can take that class) and plan accordingly.
If you’re uncertain about your major at this point, try taking some introductory classes across multiple subjects to gain exposure and figure out your interests and strengths. Ensure they are general education requirements so they can be applied to your major requirements once you’ve decided. Many colleges even offer special programs for undecided students that allow them to explore multiple areas of study to help them decide what to ultimately major in, so see what’s available at your college.
2. Timing is everything.
Thoroughly research when your available classes will be offered. Some classes are offered only one semester a year, and some special topics classes might be offered once ever, so make sure you know when and if you’ll be able to take the ones on your wish list. Checking out courses offered in previous semesters will be beneficial as certain courses tend to have registration and time trends.
Whenever possible, try to schedule your classes during the time of day when you’re most alert and productive. Early birds, for example, will thrive in morning classes. However, if you’re more of a night owl and have a hard time functioning in the morning, consider filling your schedule with afternoon and/or night classes. If you end up having to setting with a class at a time that’s less than ideal, try your best to prepare adequately for it. You wouldn’t want to do poorly in an early class just because you decided to stay up way too late the night before and couldn’t concentrate.
3. Having fun isn’t hard.
If you decide to take a heavy course-load, you might be satisfying more requirements per semester, but it can certainly get stressful. The pressure to do well in all those classes can make you go crazy. To save your sanity, try taking one or two lower-pressure elective classes each semester to ease the stress and pressure. These electives can be fun and might even fulfill a few general education requirements for your degree program. Electives in subjects like physical fitness or art can help you learn new skills, improve your current abilities, gain more knowledge, get creative, and even socialize.
4. Take a breather.
Be reasonable and practical with your class schedule. If you’re just starting college, remember that college is different from high school, so take it slow and test out how much work you can handle. Don’t forget to leave a break in your schedule to eat lunch and/or dinner, because being hungry during class is horrible. If you’d rather not be alone during your breaks, try scheduling with a friend so you can have some company. A break is also great for catching up on homework, working out, or seeking tutoring or advising. You can also aim to have classes only on specific days of the week, leaving other days completely free. Free days can leave you with the opportunity to focus longer stretches of time on your studies or even work part-time to get some extra spending money.image credit: scribendi.com
Original Post Date: August 28th, 2014