How to (Efficiently) Choose Your College Classes

It's summer and you know what that means. Future freshmen will be heading off to their future university for orientation. And orientation means picking your own classes for the first. time. ever. For many, picking college classes is extremely stressful. It seems like every little thing will effect your future, and it will. But if you do it right, it will be a breeze.

How To (Efficiently) Choose Your College Classes

Ratemyprofessors.com
I can't emphasize how important this website is when it comes to choosing your college courses. If you do it right, it can help immensely. Rate My Professors is your one-stop shop to see how the professors at your school stack up. First thing to look for is your department or class you're looking for. Need a biology class? Head to the science section and browse the professors. Professors are given a score between 0-5 depending on the ratings they've received. These ratings are based on helpfulness, easiness and clarity. Reviewers may also add tags to further describe their time in the course such as "lectures are long" and "get ready to read." What reviewers write can also be helpful, they might add tips on how to succeed in the course or how much you'll use your text book. The reviews are important, but don't get too caught up in them. For example, if a professor has 50 reviews, his rating is probably pretty accurate, but if a professor only has 2 reviews, they could be completely biased. Just be careful when comparing teachers! A common problem in college is having teachers with English as their second language. While they may be extremely intelligent, it's very hard to learn from someone you can't understand. Check out the reviews on your teachers to make sure they are understandable!

Timing is Everything
I think this tip helped me out the most when I chose my classes. You've finished four years of a set schedule in high school and you've figured out what you do and don't like. Were you constantly late to school and/or falling asleep in your morning classes? Avoid 8 a.m.s, and maybe even 9 a.m.s. Were you antsy by the end of the day and unable to focus? Take those 8 a.m.s. Can you never focus at night and/or can't stand the thought of missing this week's Grey's Anatomy? Don't take night classes. I could go on and on, but you know you. In high school I had to wake up extremely early for dance team and I was not a morning person. With this in mind, I planned it out so my earliest class was an 11 a.m. first semester. I also knew I liked a set structure. I didn't want 4 classes one day and 1 the next. I have 2 classes M/W/F and 3 classes T/TH. It makes it balanced and manageable. Another important thing to remember is the type of class you schedule and when. I knew I wouldn't be able to focus in calculus (my least favorite subject) if I had it later in the day, so I scheduled it first. And please, please don't forget to schedule meals into your schedule. It's easy to forget you don't have a set "lunchtime," and end up scheduling classes from 10am-3pm. That's not fun. Food is important.

Don't Plan Your Classes Around Your Friends
While the idea of having all the same classes ass your bff sounds so fun its really not a good idea. You might think that you'll be able to study together and walk to class together and such, but in reality you know you'll be spending the whole class talking about the drama from the weekend. If you're both in the same major, this might be difficult to avoid classes together, but try not to sit next to each other so both of you are able to focus. You can talk about what went down at that one frat party to and from class. It may be hard, but would you rather have a great grade in a class, or be Miss Social in the back of the class? I hope you know the answer to that. Plus, if you don't have friends in your classes, chances are you'll make new ones. And who doesn't like making new friends?!

Easy A's Are Great
Okay so this ain't yo mama's advice but seriously, take easy A's if you can. Talk to upperclassmen, talk to your sorority/fraternity members, talk to older siblings and find out which classes are easy. This will seriously help your GPA. Especially if you struggle in that subject and you have to take the class. But on the other hand, if it's for your major: don't take these classes. You want to learn as much as possible about what you'll be doing the rest of your life so if you take a blow-off class, chances are that you're not going to learn too much. Just be smart about choosing which classes you know you might skip or browse Pinterest during it.

After a year of college so far, I know that your schedule can make or break a lot of your college experience. If you have morning classes, but you're a big partier, you're going to have some problems. If you get lucky and don't have any Friday classes, I'm jealous, but you might also be bored when all of your friends are still in class. My main advice: just take everything into consideration. And it may seem like it's the end of world if you have a bad schedule, but it's not. It's only a semester. Good luck with your schedule making! Have any questions or concerns about building your schedule? Comment below!



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