It’s around the time where college students around the nation are attempting to get into their fall 2014 courses, and perhaps some upcoming summer courses. As you’re trying to get into your classes, you should consider a handful of these tips so that you’ll take the courses you need and also the ones that you like.
1) Look over your advisement report
Most colleges offer an online advisement report that will allow you to look over the courses that you have taken and the areas in which you still need to take them. Although they are often unofficial reports, it can help you map out the areas where you still need credits in. For example, it might say you need an elective course over the 300 level; upon seeing that, you can search for classes that meet that criteria.
2) Talk to professors
Professors can be a big help in deciding what courses to take. If you tell them your career goals and what you’re interested in, they might recommend some good classes that fit what you tell them. Also, if you’re interested in certain classes don’t be afraid to find out who teaches the courses and then talk to them. I did this a couple of times and it influenced my decision to take (or not take) that class.
3) Ask people who have taken those courses
Although you can search online for professors ratings and reviews, it’s sometimes more helpful to ask some peers who have taken the classes that you are thinking about. You’ll be able to ask them questions that weren’t necessarily brought up in online reviews.
4) Take a topics course when you can
Chances are your college will offer you some topic courses once in awhile. Taking these can be very fun if they are something you are interested in. But, make sure they fulfill one of your requirements! For myself, I was able to take a course about Kurt Vonnegut and Mark Twain which I was very interested in.
5) Speak to a counselor but be cautious
Counselors can be a lot of help, but you should always research your own academic information. In other words, don’t just rely on what your counselor says. It’s your academic career, so be responsible! I have talked with numerous people who had something wrong with their scheduling due to what there counselors told them.