How to Make the Perfect Fall Semester Class Schedule

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Spring is done, and fall is right around the corner. That means it’s time to start thinking about next year’s classes and schedules. With a little bit of prep work and planning, you can easily build a schedule that works for you. These are the steps you need to follow if you want to make the perfect fall class schedule and rock your fall registration.

 

Step One: Check Your Registration Status

All schools do registration differently. Some prioritize seniors, while others do a random pick. You may be required to register in person if you’re a freshman or will be totally on your own if you’re an upperclassman. Most, however, separate students into some kind of group which designates the orders in which you will register.

In many cases, you may qualify for what is frequently called “priority registration.” This designation is to give students who need a leg up on other students a chance to register in the first few rounds. If you think you may qualify, check with your advisor as soon as possible.

 

Step Two: Learn the Rules on Add/Drops

Many schools provide you with the ability to register for a larger amount of classes than you actually need. This allows you to use the time before the drop period ends to see what courses work best for you. In other words, you’ve got a few days to a week to explore what’s out there!

Still, make sure you understand the rules about how to register for classes you may want to drop later. And, be sure to put a reminder in your calendar to drop the classes you decide against before the drop deadline!

 

Step Three: Knock Out Your Requirements First, Electives Last

Most advisors will recommend that you spend your first few semesters in college knocking out your pre-reqs first, especially if you’re not 100% sure about your major. These classes often fill up quickly, so be sure you have learned the schedules of those classes and monitor them if you’re registering near the end so you can snatch up the last seats quickly.

Electives, while important, should be the last thing on your mind. They should fill up the gaps in your schedule and be your most flexible in terms of timing in case you need to swap them out for a more important class.

 

Step Four: Find a Balance

It’s crucial that you know what your classes are like before you enroll. Use sites like ratemyprofessors.com to feel out if you’re in for a ton of work or if the class is one you can float by. You can also request a syllabus from last year’s class if the professor’s been around for a while.

Try to find a good mix of challenging and fun. If the class is too easy or dry, you’ll be bored and disinterested. If it’s overly difficult, you’ll likely drop out or burn out by midterms. Understand your comfort level, and don’t push too hard unless absolutely necessary.

 

Step Five: Double and Triple Check Your Schedule Plans

One of the easiest mistakes to make when it comes to registration is not understanding your required classes! Everyone from seniors to freshman do this, so you really do need to loop in your advisor in if you have any questions or concerns. Have them look over your plan A and plan B schedule and keep an ongoing list of your required courses on hand so that you can review with them if there are questions.

While you may have their help, it is on you to get your registration right. By coming prepared, having a plan, and doing your research, you can make a fall class schedule that’s perfect for you.

Forgetting Class Essentials; Don’t be THAT Guy

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A pencil. A pen. A piece of notebook paper. Flash cards. A Calculator. An Eraser. Even a paint brush. This is a growing list of everyday items that almost every student needs on a day by day basis for their classes. And even though this is a common list that’s been used since we could actually attend school there’s always that one guy (or girl) in the class who still manages to forget one or at least 2 of the items on this list every single class. If you don’t mind lending out a pen here or a piece of paper there, wait until your classmate comes unprepared for every single class and asks YOU to lend them their forgotten items the entire semester long.

Usually, these people are so scatterbrained that they ask you if they can borrow the item for the rest of the day and give it back to you during the next class. You say yes to be nice, but you know you’re never going to see that item again. That is, unless it’s in another class where your classmate is gnawing on it and covering your pen cap in saliva and teeth marks.

When you lend something to someone, you’re pretty much giving it to them, or at least accepting the fact that there’s a high chance you may not get it back. You end up spending more money that semester buying things for other people to borrow from you than you do actually buying supplies for yourself. And most the times (from my personal experience) those people that borrow stuff all semester long will show up one day with a plethora of all things class materials; pens, paper, erasers that smell like your favorite candy, even highlighters. If you just happen to forget your pen that one day (maybe you accidentally lent your last one out to someone in your last class) and you ask your usually forgetful friend to borrow an essential, they’re always very cautious about their belongings and are more likely to not let you borrow one.

What?

That moment when the person you’ve been lending pens to all semester suddenly denies you even their least used pencil with the chewed off eraser.

Suddenly, you’re the one material-less and the one person you’ve paid taxes too won’t chalk up a measly pencil. Call me protective or just a plain ol’ hoarder, but I like to keep tabs on everything I have. I hate being that one kid in class who has to whisper during the teacher’s lecture asking everyone for a pencil. It’s embarrassing and makes your professor distracted. If your professor has to stop their teaching because you can’t find a writing utensil not only will you make them a bit mad, but you’ll also look unprepared. Make sure that your bag is packed every night with everything you need for class the next day. If you’re allowed to bring laptops to class, make sure you charge your laptop the night before just in case you can’t get a seat near the wall outlet. Don’t forget to pack your charger, and bring a pen and paper just in case. Also always handy to keep around is an Ethernet cable for internet connection and a USB drive to back up or retrieve saved files. While you’re at it, you might as well stuff your backpack with an umbrella, gas mask and two weeks rationed off food. You can never be too safe!