Spring Registration is right around the corner! Now that we’ve made it past the halfway point of Fall semester, it’s time to start thinking about the future. Here are 6 tips to make sure you get the schedule you want and the classes you need:
Start planning early
Before you can register, take a look at the courses that are being offered next semester. If any class titles stand out to you, read the course description to get a sense of what it entails and make a note for future reference if it piques your interest.
Do your research
Research professors to help decide whose class you might want to enroll in. This may give you a broad idea of what the course or teaching style is like; for example, some courses are very class discussion based while others can be heavy on lectures. Not everyone learns the same way, so this can help you weed out professors that may not fit your needs.
Plan out your schedule…and then a backup schedule…and then a backup for your backup. This might seem extra, but if any of your classes are capped by the time you register, being prepared with a backup class will help you avoid a stressful situation! If you run into this issue, you can choose to be on the waitlist for that class or not, and then turn to your trusty backup plan and try enrolling for your next choice. Don’t forget that being waitlisted doesn’t guarantee a spot in the class, so if you are on a waitlist you should still register for a full semester of open classes. If an open seat becomes available later, you can still revise your schedule at that time.
Get a second opinion
Before registration day, take your planned schedule to an advisor for a second opinion. They can take a look at the classes you selected and make sure you’re choosing the right courses, staying on track with your major and any minors, and on your way to graduating within a reasonable time frame. Advising offices tend to have walk-in hours before and during registration. Availability is dependent on how many credits you have, so be sure to check your email for information about which days you are eligible to walk in. If you’re struggling with planning your schedule, make an appointment with an advisor so you can have more time to talk about your options for next semester and get some course recommendations.
If you’re on the fence about enrolling for a class, email the professor with any questions you may have. Getting in touch with the teacher personally and getting direct answers to your specific questions can help make your decision easier. It is also good to remember that the first couple of weeks of the semester includes an “add/drop period,” which allows you to revise your schedule again if any of your classes aren’t working out.
Registration can be stressful, but if you follow these tips you will be prepared, so the last thing you need to do is get a good night’s sleep and pat yourself on the back for planning your next successful semester!
This blog post was written by Account Associate Peyton Pflug.