Whether it’s your first semester or your last, registering for college classes seems easy until you sit down with the course catalog. The choices available can seem overwhelming, but by making some decisions and considering all aspects of your student life, registration can be quite simple.
We here at peerTransfer have put together a list of things you should decide on before registering for your college classes and help you easy your way in!
- Review the course catalog: Besides the print catalog, most colleges also make their open classes available online. Be sure to start looking at your options early.
- Choose classes: If you know what major or area of study you’d like to pursue, you should look up the classes required for that major. Look for entry-level classes or classes that fulfill multiple majors if you haven’t made final decisions yet. If you take a class in your freshman year and decide it isn’t for you, it will still count towards your credits.
- Balance your hard classes with easy ones: By only registering for subjects you struggle with, you’ll burn out quickly and just cause frustration. Don’t fill your schedule with easy classes because you will have to do the hard ones in the end. Try to find a good mix of easy and hard ones to keep a nice balance.
- Choose the right amount of classes per semester: If you are planning on finishing your degree in four years, you will typically have to take at least 5 classes, or 15 credit hours, per semester and/or take college classes during the summer.
- Organize class times: When choosing your classes, make sure they don’t interfere with your schedule. Think about what time of the day you perform best – you will usually find both, morning and night classes, so depending on whether you’re an early morning person or a night owl, select your classes accordingly.
- Job: If you’re planning on working during the semester, ensure your class times don’t interfere with your working hours and vice versa. Leave some extra time between classes and work so you have enough time to rest in between. The last thing you want is to find yourself burned out and jeopardizing your college performance.
- Register: After you have prepared and made your decisions, you should now move on to register for your classes. When you get online, make sure you have your list ready and sign up for the most important classes first.
Now get going and sign up for your classes!
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