Have you ever scheduled your classes for a semester and later thought “what was I thinking?” Is this your first semester and are you scratching your head, wondering “which of these classes should I sign up for?” Scheduling your classes might sound like a simple thing, but in order to have optimal results at the end of your semester with both your grades and your attitude there are questions you must ask yourself, and decisions to be made. Here are a few steps with some advice you can take that will help you achieve a successful semester.
- Meet with your program advisor: If this is your first semester it is wise to meet with your program advisor; they can help you get started and set you up with the right class schedule. They can also give you advice on which classes are best to take together and which are best to take online, etc.
- Find out what classes are required and what classes you have left to take: Use a computer to go to www.tridenttech.edu. The website has all the academic programs listed and which classes are required. They also have a suggested list of which classes to take for each semester. When you are done doing that, log onto TTC Express: once you are logged in, look to the left side and click on the Academic Profile, once there click onto Program Evaluation. It will show you the classes left that you need to complete your program. Once you have the list of classes that are required for your program of study and what classes are remaining, proceed on.
- Realize not all semesters are created equal: Summer semesters are shorter and that means more information squeezed in within a shorter time frame. Expect to spend several more hours per week per class doing homework than either winter or spring semesters. Class times are generally longer during the summer semester.