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Signing Up For College Classes

Getting started in college can be a very stressful and confusing time. And signing up for classes isn’t any easier. College classes and high school classes are way different. In college they don’t make your schedule for you. It’s your responsibility to sign up for classes. But what classes are you supposed to take?

All colleges have degree plans and all degree plans are different depending on what you want to major in. Degree plans tell you exactly what classes you need to take in order to graduate with the degree that you want. You can usually find degree plans on the school’s website or in the handbook. The handbook has all of the classes available for you to take at your college or university.

Confused and not sure if you’re doing it right? Most schools have an orientation where they show you step by step what to do to get started. There are also tons of counselors on campus that will help you set up your class schedule. Call ahead though, some colleges require an appointment to see advisors.

Once you know what degree plan you are on, it’s time to sign up for classes! This is usually done online. When signing up for classes, you should probably get a pen and paper out to write down all the classes and times and the name of the teacher that will be teaching that class. You will have to pick which classes will fit in with your schedule.

Sometimes the same class will have 3 different teachers teaching it. So how do you know which one to take? There are tons of websites like www.ratemyprofessors.com where students rate their teachers and give a brief description of what the teacher is like and if it is an easy class. There are also other websites like www.pickaprof.com that tell you how many A’s, B’s, C’s, D’s and F’s a teacher gave out in previous semesters. Knowing that one teacher gave all F’s and another gave all A’s can really influence which class you sign up for.

The plus side about college is you get to choose what time you want to go to class. If you aren’t a morning person, you can make all your classes start later in the day. Or if you have a full time job, you can take night classes. We know this can be a very frustrating process, but don’t stress! It will be all worth it in the end.

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