Contributed by Lisa Pratto, Catalogs.com Top 10 Guru
Whether you are a freshman or a perpetual student, you could probably use some tips on how best to work a college course catalog.
You need to know the ins and outs of registering for classes to get what you want and what fills both your immediate desires and your four-year educational requirements. College students learn that navigating a college course catalog takes a bit of educational-savvy and real planning skills.
Follow these tips to the college schedule of your dreams.
10. Review Early
The minute your college course catalog is uploaded you need to check it out. You don’t necessarily need to register that day, just give it a good once over.
9. Make a List
Write out all the classes that look good and sound like fun. Keep your list handy in your laptop bag for re-evaluating in the minutes you can catch between classes, and when you run into friends who want to chat about upcoming course offerings.
8. Cross Reference
Check to make sure you include classes that you need for your major, too. College is not just about football games, cute guys and sitting in the cafeteria for long convos.
7. Mix It Up
Be sure to include a good mix of right brain and left brain classes. A schedule loaded down with hard core math classes needs a pottery class just to give your mind a break.
As terrible as it sounds, ask your friends and fellow classmates for the scoop on the professors. If you are debating between two different section numbers, it would be best to avoid the one with the Prof known for tough grading and oral exams.
5. Jump In
If you see a class filling up rapidly, jump on in early. You can always drop when you are finalizing your schedule. You want the opportunity to save yourself a spot, just be sure to write the last day to drop on your calendar.
4. Think Ahead
If a particular class is offered next term only, be sure you take the pre-requisites this term to avoid any disappointment.
Speaking of pre-requisites, check your list for any classes that require a pre-requisite for enrollment. The information should be stated right in your college course catalog.
2. Know Yourself
What kind of student are you? Can you handle an online class or do you need more face time? If you can’t drag yourself out of bed before noon, don’t sign up for that 7am math class. No alarm clock will help you pass that class.
1. Explore Options
New major? If you are mulling over a major change, test the waters with a 100-level class and see what you think. No one expects you to stick with the first major you pick. Explore your options and you’ll be ordering those graduation announcements soon.
Use your college course catalog to chart your four years of undergraduate education. You can reasonably expect that many courses will be offered again, in a similar time slot and semester.