How to choose the best college courses

choosing college coursesHigher education is much different than high school. The curriculum alone is very daunting for many students as they realize the thousands of different options available to them in the college catalog. Not only does the new freshman get to choose their classes (with some guidance from the academic adviser), but they get to arrange their schedule. Here some strategies to get you started:

  • Don’t overburden yourself in the first semester. Be reasonable in selecting how many credits you will take.
  • Check out the professor before registering for the course.
  • Remember to take pre-requisites sooner than later. You don’t want to be a senior and not be able to graduate because you are missing a vital class.
  • Be realistic when it comes to timing -take courses when you are most likely to be best engaged. (For instance, morning people should take courses in the morning.)
  • Get requirements done as soon as possible.
  • Choose some classes that are simply fun but will meet your elective requirements. This will bring some extra fun into your week and give you something to look forward to!
  • Don’t schedule more than three classes back to back.
  • Be wise in choosing electives and general education courses.
  • Register on time if not early.
  • Have lighter loads for later in academic career. Remember that when you are a senior you will spend a lot of time in applying for graduate schools or job searching!
  • Get advice from your academic adviser.
  • Be sure to block your class hours if you need to have time to work.
  • Visit with your professors about some options.
  • Don’t forget to get some extra credits toward graduation by AP (or IB) programs and early placement exams.

Tracy Harrington-Atkinson

Tracy Harrington-Atkinson, mother of six, lives in the mid-west with her husband. She loved storytelling and sharing her stories with her children. As they grew, she started writing her stories down for them. She is a teacher, having taught from elementary school to higher education, holding degrees in elementary education, masters in higher education and continued on to a PhD in curriculum design. Her husband, Kerry and Tracy breed miniature dachshunds and love to spend time with their growing family. She has published several books including Calais: The Annals of the Hidden, Rachel's 8 and Securing Your Tent.

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