One of the most stressful aspects of college can be deciding which classes to take and when to take them. Scheduling college courses incorrectly can make or break your first semester at school. And it entails more than just avoiding Friday classes and tying to get into the most popular courses on campus. Proper scheduling takes time and careful thought on the part of the students. Below, we have outlined a few helpful tips for scheduling college classes.
First, speak with your advisor. Academic advisors or counselors are the best resource for new students. They act as interpreters and can point students in the right direction academically. They can tell you which classes have high passing rates, which professors are the most liked, which buildings are close together and more. Before deciding which classes to register for, consult your advisor and ask their advice.
Also, incoming freshman should only register for core classes, general education classes and prerequisites. College courses are generally much more difficult than high school classes and many students are unprepared for the extra work. Taking advanced level classes can put too much strain on students that are already struggling with other new challenges. It is also important to stick with core classes should students have to transfer to another school after their first year. Most general education classes can be honored at other colleges, but not all advanced classes, which are more specialized, can be.
Another helpful tip for new students is to schedule classes that cover new or challenging material with ones that cover more familiar topics. For example, if a student has taken classes in English literature and biology in high school, it might be more beneficial for them to take those same college level classes while also taking an economics class, which they are not familiar with. By taking an entire semester's worth of classes that are too hard, students might feel overwhelmed. Conversely, too many classes that are not challenging enough will allow students to get complacent in their studies. By mixing together harder courses with more manageable ones, they can strike a better balance academically.
Scheduling college classes doesn't have to be a stressful experience. All it takes it a little research, some help from a professional and careful thought. Choosing the right classes to take at the right time can help students to graduate on time without too many problems and still enjoy their social life as well.