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3 Simple Steps to Become a Course Registration Master

Choosing your class schedule for next semester can be a daunting task, but you can become a course registration wizard in no time with these quick tips.

When you start college, you often have little say in what classes you get to take. In the first semester, colleges usually have requirements students need to get out of the way. But now that your first semester is almost over, students are registering for their spring classes. Here is a little advice to help get you set up for next semester.

1. Acknowledge all your commitments

If you’ve already declared your major or have a pretty good idea of what you want to study, do some quick research on what your required classes are. Most of the time, this will include an introductory class, a lab, and some other prerequisites for any major-based electives. Colleges will also have a core set of general education classes that every student must take. This gives you a good place to start. After, ask yourself some questions. Do you want to get a job or internship this semester? Or do you just focus better in the morning? Have an outline of what times you want to attend when looking at the classes. While it’s not always possible to work within those parameters, you can weigh your schedule in your favor for the most part.

Related: How Many Credits Can You Handle Each Semester?

2. Meet with your advisor

This should go without saying, but meeting with your advisor is crucial to making sure you have a plan for the upcoming semesters. The important thing to think about is what to discuss when you meet your advisor. First, when you enter your meeting, introduce yourself with your full name. It seems small, but when they’re searching through files, just going off “Madison” isn’t going to be of much use to them. Be concise. Have a solid plan of what classes you want to take and have them weigh in. If you want to study abroad, talk to them about that too! Figure out a game plan for subsequent semesters so you can study abroad. Knowing what you want going in will make future conversations with your advisor a lot easier.

3. Have back-up options

As a senior, there’s no guarantee you’ll get the classes you want—so as a freshman, it may feel like there’s no hope to get anything you want. It’s a good idea to have a couple of alternative schedules in mind in case some of your options are full. This could include a whole new schedule or just a list of alternative electives. This will help you not only get into classes that interest you but also alleviate some of that immediate pressure and fear from registering as soon as possible. Oh! And when you do finally sit down to register for classes online, the best plan is to have a list of the classes with their call numbers open in a window next to the registration page. That way you don’t have to look for a number while you’re trying to register.

Related: What Questions Should I Ask My Academic Advisor?

Course registration can be a little scary, but you’ll be fine. Taking these steps to prep ahead of time can make the process seem less overwhelming. Just keep them in mind over the next couple of weeks as registration day approaches. Good luck and have a wonderful semester!

For more tips on course selection and everything else class related, check out our Majors and Academics section.

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About Zia Sampson

Zia Sampson

I am currently a first-year student at Loyola University New Orleans, where I'm majoring in Mass Communications, both Strategic Communications and Journalism, and minoring in Sociology. I'm in the University Honors Program and the Social Justice Scholars Program. In my free time, I like to watch Netflix, sleep, and read. I am a big animal lover, with four cats and two dogs, and I have two older brothers and a twin sister. You can follow me on Twitter @ZiaSampson.

 

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