Written by: Laura Sebben
Course registration is often one of the most stressful times in the school year, with panic setting in over what courses you have to take, and if/when you’ll get them. In anticipation for what is sure to be another exciting year, here are 5 tips for a successful (and hopefully easy) course registration:
1. Registration Dates
Pay close attention to registration dates. If you mix up your days, you might miss out on having first pick of the classes you wish to take, leaving you to settle for alternates. Brock bases their registration dates by the number of credits a student has, so if you’re unsure check out your program status in your Brock portal. The list of registration dates can be found here: http://www.brocku.ca/registrar/guides-and-timetable/returning-students/whentoregister
2. Look at the Undergraduate/Graduate Calendar
Brock’s program specific undergraduate/graduate calendars are designed to help students fulfill all their program requirements with ease, so use them! They offer a detailed list of which courses to take in which year, and also come with a list of potential courses in your program along with a description (however, don’t rely too heavily on these as they may not all be offered year to year). The undergraduate calendar can be found here: http://www.brocku.ca/webcal/undergrad/, graduate calendar here: https://www.brocku.ca/webcal/current/graduate
3. Course Planning/Timetable Worksheets
Brock offers a course planning option in your Brock portal that allows you to see which courses are being offered in your program, along with their section and time. Choosing your courses from here will lower the risk of accidentally picking ones that aren’t available come registration day. As well, while you use course planning, create a makeshift schedule using one of the worksheets Brock provides online, found here: https://brocku.ca/registrar/guides-and-timetable/returning-students/resources. This will lower the risk of course conflicts, and help with visualizing where you can and cannot fit courses.
4. Have backups!
Choosing backup courses is one of the most important things you can do when planning for course registration, especially Years 3 and on. No matter how much advanced planning you do, one cannot always predict if someone else will beat you to a course during registration. Having backup options preselected will prevent a panicked scramble if one of your main courses fills up before you get to it. This way, you can see where/if something else fits based on your list of backups.
5. Get a good night sleep
And finally, make sure you get a good night sleep so you can wakeup prepared. Set your alarm about half an hour before 6am (course registration time), and with a good sleep you won’t have to worry about oversleeping or hitting snooze one too many times.
Brock’s registration system isn’t difficult to use, and with proper planning and preparation, any Badger can guarantee themselves a successful course registration!
Laura Sebben is one of the members on our Student Life Bloggers team. She is currently in her third-year studying Media & Communication Studies. She is from Stoney Creek, Ontario.