College Schedule Tips and Tricks

College Schedule Tips and Tricks
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    College students often experience anxiety while working on their class schedules.

    Some classes are offered only at certain times of the year while many classes require students to complete prerequisites before signing up.


If you fail to carefully manage your schedule you may find that a class you want to take is not available. Worse, an unavailable class could push back your graduation date.

All college students should manage their schedules with care and begin to do so as they start their higher education pursuit. The following tips and tricks can help you succeed at class scheduling.

1. Buy a planner. A planner with a calendar can help you keep track of your class scheduling. It will also allow you to insert various other tasks you need to accomplish including your current schedule, work, assignments, and more. You can buy a paper planner or download an app to keep track of your schedule.

2. Know your schedule. If your college holds classes, morning, afternoon, evenings and on weekends, you’ll enjoy the maximum flexibility. Even so, your own schedule may not be as flexible, especially if you must work. You should also develop a schedule when you’re most alert. If you are a morning person, then classes from 8 a.m on should be easy to handle. If you’re a night owl, you may find starting any class before noon difficult to handle.

3. Make an appointment. Early on in your college tenure you should make an appointment with your academic advisor. For one, you want to introduce yourself to the individual that will be the most helpful person to see you through your schooling. For another, you can learn what obstacles may be coming up that could make scheduling a chore. Your academic advisor may also be able to change a class requirement with the approval of the department dean. This is especially critical if a class is cancelled and you are a senior looking to graduate on time.

4. Review the class schedule. As soon as the next academic schedule is released, review it. This information is usually posted online and accessible as soon as it is published. Review the schedule and find the classes you need to take. Attempt to fit in the classes with your schedule. If you have several choices in class times, learn which professor would be best for you. Write up a mock schedule; keep in mind what remaining classes you still must take.

5. Register for classes. With your schedule completed and that information logged in to your planner, register for your classes immediately. To delay could mean that a class has been filled and you’re out of luck. If you get your choices, you are good to go. Consider back up choices if a class closes. If you’re really stuck, ask your academic advisor for assistance.

Scheduling Considerations

Plan to take a rare class as soon as you can. Do not put it off until your senior year as that class may fill up and become unavailable. Understand how prerequisites work and follow your schedule carefully to ensure that not one class is missed. Meet with your college advisor once each semester to assess your progress and begin working toward your graduation.

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