The spring semester is just around the corner! Have you chosen your classes yet for 2022? If you haven’t, it’s time to get a move on. As the start of the semester draws near, fewer classes will have spots available. Here are some tips for choosing your courses:
Know What You Need
Whether you have general education requirements to finish or are deep into your major, there are courses you’re going to need in order to graduate. Some of these classes, especially II courses or major-related options, may only be available during this semester. It’s important to understand what’s offered and when. Make sure you’re getting the classes you absolutely need in the spring as it will make your future years much easier. Failing to do so could result in you falling a semester or even a year behind for a single class!
For electives, it’s much easier to explore what’s available and fit it into your schedule. You may not always get into the elective you want the most, especially if it directly conflicts with your required major courses, but you will generally have plenty of options. Electives can always be done at a later date, too.
No matter where you are in your college education, it’s a good idea to go in knowing what needs to be taken.
Not all professors have the same teaching style. Some may be perfect for how you learn, while others can be detrimental. You should be checking reviews of each professor before you sign up for the course. You don’t want to get a few weeks in and discover you’re struggling because it doesn’t mesh with you.
However, in some cases, you may not have an option for a teacher. There may be only professor for the course or subject that you need. If this is the case and you know the teacher’s approach will be difficult for you, talk to previous students if possible and go in with a game plan.
Of course, you can’t have courses that overlap time slots. Even if you think you can manage by skipping courses because the teacher is known for a lax approach to attendance, the college’s selection system simply won’t let you do it.
You should be looking at the best times for you. If you’re not a morning person for example and a chemistry class offers options of 8am and 3pm, it may be best to go for that 3pm slot instead. It will help you be more alert during your course and result in fewer absences.
As with professors, you may be stuck with a particular time for a required course.
Choosing spring semester courses can be a little stressful but going in with a plan can help ensure you’re checking off the classes you need to be taking. If you’re not sure where to start or what courses you need, be sure to talk to your guidance counselor or major head for direction. Some colleges will even let you check out available courses and times before they become available for sign-ups.
If you’re curious about what majors and courses will help you on your career path, be sure to check out our comprehensive list of college majors.