The List: Top 5 Scheduling Tips

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Wednesday, November 7th, 2018 at 6:10 PM

The end of the semester is quickly approaching, and that means it’s time to schedule classes for next spring. For many, this can be a nerve-wracking experience, however, it doesn’t have to be that way.

Here are some tips to keep in mind that can make the scheduling experience much easier:

Plan ahead

Knowing when you’re able to schedule is important; classes can fill up quickly, and if you’re not prepared, you very well may miss out on the classes you need. 

For starters, knowing the date you can begin scheduling is a simple but effective way to lock in your timeline. Per a university email, you can find out your scheduling date by clicking on the SCOTS icon, then “Registration,” and finally selecting “Check My Registration Status.”

From there, you can plan ahead by beginning to build your schedule. 

Try for a well-balanced schedule

Scheduling can be difficult, as you find yourself at a crossroads: you don’t want to give yourself a blow-off year, as that will make things more difficult for you in the future; yet, if you try to take too many difficult classes at once, you run the risk of crashing and burning. 

Therefore, when trying to formulate your schedule for the next semester, try to find that sweet spot. It’s difficult to try to describe how to find it, but attempt to have just enough challenge that allows for a productive year, but also enough leeway so you can still enjoy the experience.

Manage your time

Indeed, another important part of a well-balanced schedule is a well-timed schedule, which can vary from person to person.

For instance, some students have jobs in addition to classes and would need specific times set aside for this purpose; others may not.

This can similarly be said for 8 a.m. classes; some early birds love them, while others find them to be the bane of their existence.

Overall, as best as you can, try to tailor the schedule to best fit your needs.

Go to the Academic Success Center and your advisor

Some students prefer to schedule by themselves; perhaps they find it easier. 

However, if you feel you may need some more guidance or perhaps a second opinion, the Academic Success Center could be a possibility. 

In part, their mission statement reads: “The Academic Success center is committed to the development of academic success, retention of our students and the encouragement of persistence, which will result in graduation.”

In order to meet with your academic success coordinator, just log onto MyEdinboro, click the Starfish icon and then you can make an appointment with them to discuss classes and general questions.

Your faculty advisor is also there for those questions. Obviously they hold that alternate pin you need, but ask them questions about the department and classes. They likely know it better than anyone! 

Take what interests you!

Ultimately, college is all about preparing you for a future in the career of your choice. Take advantage!

Majors have required courses for their curriculum, of course, but there are also free spaces for electives set aside for you to explore your interests and passions. Use them! They very well could be enjoyable.

Nathan Brennan can be reached at voices.spectator@gmail.com.

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