5. Plan ahead
Don’t procrastinate when it comes to signing up for classes. It sneaks up on everyone, but the process will go much smoother if you plan ahead for what classes you need for next semester. Take a look at your major requirements, check off completed classes and determine what classes you still need in order to graduate. Make a list of the classes you need most, and have the list ready when your registration date is open. If you are unsure what day you can register, check your My Illinois State page.
4. Talk to your advisor
Though the time for registration is already upon us, it’s best to schedule an appointment with your academic advisor ASAP. Advisors are a wonderful resource for students, especially when it comes down to planning your next semester schedule. Also, don’t be afraid to schedule a meeting with your minor advisor if possible. Meetings can be made quickly and easily by calling the office number for your major’s advising center, and some appointments can even be made over email.
3. Clear your schedule
When you know what day and time registration opens for you, make sure to clear your schedule and give yourself enough time to sign up for the classes you need. Ask off work, cancel any lunch dates with friends and sit in a quiet area with good Internet connection such as Milner library. By utilizing your time and resources, you can snatch up every class you need in a matter of minutes.
2. Don’t overload your semester
While choosing classes, it helps to have a blank weekly chart in front of you. This way, you can plug in different class times and determine what works best with your schedule. Be sure to plan enough time for work, homework and extra-curriculars. If you absolutely need a class, but you’re already booked for as many credit hours as you can handle, check and see if the class is offered in the summer to take a little pressure off the spring semester.
1. Stay Calm
While sitting in front of a computer, waiting for your registration time to open any second, take a deep breath. There’s no doubt that signing up for certain classes can be extremely stressful, especially if they conflict with your schedule, or if there is only one time slot available. Remember that if you can’t fit one class in your spring semester, there is nothing wrong with taking it over the summer, or even the semester after that.