Picking classes can be a confusing task if you have never done it before. Selecting the correct courses can help you build a strong GPA and a well-rounded transcript.
Your number one tools for picking your classes should be My Degree Audit, which is found under the My Academics tab on the MyShip portal, and your academic advisor.
My Degree Audit shows your GPA, classes you have already taken and classes you still need to take in order to fulfill your major and minor requirements. It can also give you ideas on what classes you should take within future semesters.
When choosing classes, it all depends on personal preference. If you know you are not a morning person and are more likely to skip a morning class, you should make sure you take classes in the afternoon or evening.
Taking a class at a good time in the day can change how you feel about a subject’s material. If you are awake and attentive during class, exams and assignments will not feel as daunting.
You should schedule around classes you know are required, or only offered once a year. Missing a class that is only offered once a year may delay your graduation.
Talk to your academic advisor if you are unsure about what classes are required.
Additionally, try to find a friend in the same class or section who can help you.
A friend to study with or compare notes with can improve your grade--but of course there is always the opportunity to make new friends.
Keep in mind the different teaching styles that different professors have. Ask other students in your major or online to see how a professor teaches their class.
“Rate My Professors” can be used to see what other students have rated professors in previous semesters.
If you know that you do not like lectures, try taking a hands-on class or an online class. Fitting your classes to your learning styles and interests can make a difference in what you get out of your education.
Picking classes may be a difficult talk, but come graduation you’ll know it was all worth it.