Tips for Scheduling Classes


It’s that time of year again.

Scheduling classes is probably one of the most hectic times during the school year. Whether it’s scrambling to find a time to meet with your adviser or simply having a difficult time finding which courses to take, scheduling classes is hardly ever painless.

I can’t guarantee that you won’t have issues scheduling classes, because you inevitably will during your college career, but here’s a few tips on how to avoid some common errors:

Have a backup plan

I’ve made this mistake in the past, and I’m sure most college students will: Figuring out which classes you’re going to take and not having a backup plan in case one (or more) of them get filled to capacity.

When you’re selecting which classes you’re going to take, likely with your adviser, have at least one backup plan for each class, especially the science courses. If your first option is filled, you could fall back on your second option without completely botching the rest of your schedule.

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The earlier you register, the more likely it is that you’ll get the classes you want. Also, if a problem comes up along the way, you’ll have more time to deal with it. But no matter how early you register, make sure you have a list of back-up classes in case the ones you want are already full.

By having a backup plan, you’ll still have a chance to make your schedule how you’d like it to be. If you’re a morning person, then take your classes in the morning. The same applies with classes in the afternoon. You certainly don’t want to get stuck in an 8:30 a.m. class, just because you didn’t have a backup plan.

Research the classes before you register

If you don’t research your classes beforehand, meaning you don’t look into them before you register, you could end up having a nerve-wracking experience.

Scheduling classes could become difficult, and having to drop a class in the middle of a semester because it’s not what you thought it was prior to registration, would be even more painful.

Avoid the pain by doing some investigative work before registering. isn’t the most trustworthy of sources, but it’s still a source. Like most things, if you could differentiate the bad ratings from the substantive ones, then you’ll likely get something out of it. It’s essentially the same thing as asking a friend who might’ve taken a course you’re interested in. Take it with a grain of salt, but it’s certainly better than choosing a course blindly.