Hello lovelies! A new semester is rapidly approaching, which means you need to start looking into what classes you want to take and what requirements you have left to fulfill. Read on for a few tips on how to choose the right classes for you!

Review your requirements

Before you begin the scheduling process, make sure to check in and see what graduation requirements you still have to complete. Decide which of these requirements you need to get done in the upcoming semester, and keep these in mind as you begin to check out your options.

Check out your options

Next, take the time to read through your school’s course guide and learn about all of the options that are out there. Build a list of all the classes that sound interesting to you and would fulfill some of the requirements you are trying to complete.

Create a draft schedule

After you have a list of classes you’re interested in, begin trying to create a schedule, including the ones that fit your interests/needs best. You may have to make compromises, as some of your favorite options may be offered at contradictory times or may not fit together in a schedule. This is why having many options and building a large list will help make schedule building a lot easier.

Balance the types of classes

Don’t take too many classes on the same subject! If you’re an English major who needs science credits, I would advise against taking all science classes next semester, as you will probably be bored and hating yourself by the end of the semester! Instead, find a balance of subjects and difficulty levels so that you aren’t wearing yourself too thin.

Have back-up options

Remember to come up with some back-up options that fit in the schedule you create, in case any of the classes you want to schedule for are wait-listed or full.

Meet with an adviser

If you have the time, I suggest going in and talking to your adviser. They can provide a lot of valuable guidance on understanding your requirements and making a plan for the next few years to graduate.

Schedule as early as you can

Look up what time you can schedule your classes, and make sure to do it as soon as you can. Don’t wait and risk the chance of your classes being filled up or being stuck on the wait-list!

Thanks for reading! Do you have any more tips for scheduling classes? Please share them with me below or on Twitter @CaseyDonart

xoxo Casey

Related: Why You Should Take Difficult Classes in College

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