Sun is shining. Weather is beautiful. And what am I doing? Scrambling through the multiple tabs on my laptop to register my classes for the next two semesters. Why would I do that? Because it’s the first day of course registrations and I already have my stuff planned out. Also, procrastination is my worst enemy. Now I can live in peace and enjoy the rest of my summer before the fall semester begins.
Scheduling courses can be a mean task, but with some research of your own and little help you’ll be fine. Here are some useful tips on class registration for freshmen as well as the seniors.
1. Start planning well in advance. Once you select your program, plan out the road-map for your coursework. Have a general idea about the order in which you will be finishing the course. It’s a good way to be aware about the prerequisites and higher level courses.
2. Visit an academic advisor. Whether you are a Canadian or an international student, Academic Advising team will always have your back. Try meeting your advisor before the registrations start. Make a list of questions that you might want to us. Book your appointment already!
3. Create a schedule that’s the best for you. Spread the classes over the week so that it’s not a real burden and you actually have a social life. Enroll for early morning classes if you work part-time or need some time for extra activities.
4. Register as soon as you can. You are more likely to get the classes and professors you want, if you register your courses early. This will also give you ample time to deal with any potential issues before the semester starts.
5. Be prepared with your backup. Classes that are usually in demand tend to fill up real quick. So if you don’t get the class of your choice, keep some backup alternatives to fall back. With some backup in place, you wouldn’t even need to re-arrange your whole schedule.
6. Check out faculty evaluations. RateMyProfessors.com is the most popular option for most of the students. You’ll see ratings for various professors from their former students. Although you shouldn’t take these reviews as gospel, it will give you a fair idea about what to expect. Go through a good amount of reviews to get a better idea.
7. Finish up your general education courses first. It’s always better to get the introductory courses out of the way as soon as you can. Something as basic as the writing courses will set the foundation and help you in future courses.
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