4 Tips for Choosing College Classes

Are you overwhelmed thinking about which classes to register for? Here are 4 tips to keep in mind as you select and sign up for courses in the fall:

1. Plan for Registration Day. Registering for classes can be stressful. Some schools will require students to sign up for classes online, others will make you stand in line at the registrar’s office, while others might even make you enter a lottery system to get into specific courses. Classes you want to take may already be filled up by the time you register, so make sure you plan out some alternative courses you could possibly take as a back-up plan.

2. Look Over the Course Catalog

Courses listed in the school’s catalog will include core requirements (classes that all students must take to graduate), course requirements for each major, courses within departments, and electives. Courses are also offered at different levels, ranging from introductory-level courses to challenging seminars. Make sure you choose classes that you need to take in order to fulfill your major, that are challenging for you, and that interest you. If you need helping mapping out your course selection for the four years of college, don’t hesitate to ask your guidance counselor for help – that’s what they are there for!

3. Take Required Classes Early

Take your required courses early in college, like your freshmen and sophomore year. The specific courses that are required by each school will vary, but generally include a foreign language, or math and science course. By getting these required classes out of the way early, you will be able to spend the rest of your time taking classes for your major or that interest you.

4. Balance Your Classes

Reference the school’s course catalog or ask teachers what the course load is like for classes. You want to make sure that you’re taking a balance of challenging and easier classes at the same time. Some courses will require more time, reading, and work than others, and taking on too much will put a strain on you and your grades. Also, make sure that the classes you are taking don’t all require the same type of work – for example some classes will require a lot of reading, others will require hands-on time in a lab and problem-solving, and others will require research and writing. Choose a variety of subjects so that you aren’t stuck doing the same thing for all your classes.

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