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How to create your college class schedule

Wednesday, November 23, 2011
When it comes to time to create your college schedule, you may be overwhelmed by the hundreds of courses that are offered at your school. However, keeping a few things in mind as you begin this process will help ensure that you pick classes that keep you both engaged and on track to graduate on time.

The first thing you should do is review a course catalog, which is typically available on the school’s Web site. Read through all the available classes and make note of any offerings that you find appealing. Next, you will need to visit your college advisor. Your advisor is usually a faculty member who teaches in the department of your chosen college major. It is your advisor’s responsibility to help you devise a schedule that will keep you on track with your core and major requirements to ensure that you graduate on time. Furthermore, your advisor can offer insight on your selections, such as the difficulty level of a particular course, or whether a course will be available during a particular semester.

In addition to talking to your advisor, you should speak to your family, friends or anyone else who is familiar with the college experience. Since many of these individuals know you well, they may be able to offer advice on which classes they feel you might enjoy and which ones you should avoid.

No matter what your college major is, you will typically have to complete required courses. You may want to try and get these courses out of the way early, typically in your freshman and sophomore years. It is also important to remember that many courses may have prerequisites or require you to take introductory courses or even to get the approval of a department head before you enroll.

Knowing your college major early on can help you better map out the years you will spend in college. If you are indecisive about your major, you could end up taking all of your most difficult classes in your senior year. Your goal should be to create a balanced schedule each semester, taking classes you know you can manage while allowing yourself time to participate in all the other aspects of college life.ADNFCR-16000756-ID-800649493-ADNFCR - helping you find colleges and universities that offer the accredited programs that most interest you.

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