Many college students don’t spend much time
selecting college classes. They don’t see the
point. Spending a few extra minutes each semester can make
all the difference in the world.
Why is it so important? College professors grade differently
than each other and sometimes require very different assignments,
readings and projects even though they may teach the same
classes. Many times you can find a college class that meets
more than one criteria for college graduation, which allows you to take
less required classes.
The best thing to do each semester is to sit down with a college
counselor and discuss the requirements you have for your major and
college. Find out which college classes are required and what
sequence they are to be taken in.
Next step is to look at the course offering booklet to see what college
classes are offered this semester. First start with required
classes that are prerequisites to other required classes you will need
in the future. Look at the names of the college professors
that teach the classes (note that many times there are more than one)
and make note of them.
Now search for other classes needed to complete your major, but that
also meet other graduation requirements. Make not of the
names of these college professors too.
Finally, ask at your school for records of your professors grading
curve from previous semesters. Ask other students who took the class
too to find out what kind of professor they are. Do they
assign more papers, homework, reading, tests than other
professors? Do they do anything extra to make the classes
better or more fun (i.e. show movies, funny powerpoint slides, tell
jokes, etc). If you find that it is a difficult professor
that is teaching the class, see if you can take the class later with
Use resources at your school to find out about professors –
Use student websites and professor rating sites like www.pickaprof.com, www.professorperformance.com