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How do I get a good course preference ?

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Michelle’s Answer

Hello, Damilola !

The first thing to know is that many students approach college without knowing what they'd like to major in. The good thing is that it will be your choice after exploring various subjects that you want to study. Do not worry if it takes some time to figure it out, though. When faced with many interests or no specific interests yet, the best thing is to start an independent exploration.

You can begin by recognizing the subjects at school that you like and that you are doing well in. Whichever subjects they are, look on line to find career related information. It does take an initiative and lots of reading on your part, but will be well worth it in the end. You can also make a list of everything you like to do and a list of the things that you don't like to do. That may help in eliminating some subjects/careers.

Another way is to determine the general length of study you are planning and which degree you want to attain. An Associates, Bachelors, Masters or PhD. This may be a way to gauge how far you'd like to go with college. It will depend on the work you choose, though. I would advise that you read the websites of nearby colleges and look at their major offerings. Keep notes and see which course of study appeals to you the most. Look at the campuses on line and in person to get a feel of what it will be like on those campuses. Having the in-person experience on a campus can be very inspiring.

The website, Career Addict, has information on how you can choose your course of study preference. I have left a link to the article below for you to read. It is a process and you should take your time to carefully discover where you'll want to be in your future. Do not stop at reading, look for video presentations that can help you, too. I have left a link for some How To videos below. They will be helpful to you with choosing a study and career path.

Once you discover what you'd like to major in, explore different colleges on line and in person and narrow down the ones that you'd like to apply to. A step by step approach will be most beneficial to you.

I wish you all the best in your discoveries and decisions and I hope that this was of some help.

Michelle recommends the following next steps:

IDENTIFYING CAREER INTERESTS https://www.careeraddict.com/identifying-career-interests
VIDEOS ABOUT CHOOSING A STUDY PATH FOR A CAREER https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=how+to+choose+a+major
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Mahi’s Answer

See if classes offer benefits for programs such as honors where you can register earlier or add in transfer credits to raise you registering class level to get earlier registration.
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Siobhan’s Answer

Hello Damilola,

Choosing the right courses can indeed be a challenging period in your college journey. Particularly when there are essential courses for your major that tend to fill up quickly, it's crucial to position yourself high on the priority list for course selection.

I entered college with nearly a full semester's worth of credits from my AP courses in high school. This gave me an advantage over my peers in course selection, as I had more credits. If you're already beyond high school, this might be a bit difficult. However, I recommend considering enrolling in summer or winter classes to gain a few extra credits over your classmates. In my college, athletes often got priority in class selection. I even had a friend who joined the rowing team solely for this advantage.

I would strongly advise you to focus on selecting the most critical courses for your major first. After securing those, you can utilize any remaining time slots for other elective courses.
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Adam’s Answer

Come into college with lots of hours (AP classes or dual credit). These will give you priority on course registration.
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Ana’s Answer

Hello Damilola,

I appreciate your inquiry. When it comes to choosing courses, there are several strategies you can employ.

If you've already pinpointed your major or have a strong inkling about what you'd like to focus on, it's crucial to ensure that you're ticking all the boxes for your course requirements before you dive into electives. In some instances, you might find a class that serves multiple requirements.

For those who are still exploring, consider taking a variety of courses that pique your interest. This could help you discover a potential major. Once you've identified an area of interest, don't hesitate to seek guidance from a career counselor, academic advisor, or a peer who's already majoring in the field you're considering. They can provide you with a wealth of knowledge that goes beyond the course description.

Once you've honed in on your path, delve into the course catalog to find classes that will not only build a solid foundation in your chosen field, but also ignite your passion and curiosity.

I trust this guidance will be beneficial to you.
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Caroline’s Answer

Hi,

One way you can ensure you have good course preference is to go into college with as many credits as possible. Take AP classes in high school and do well on the exams and it will earn you college credit before you even begin college. This will put you ahead of your classmates and might even help you register early. Another option is to see if certain groups of students at your college of choice get priority registration. At my college, athletes and students in the honors program had priority registration and had first pick at the best classes.

Best of luck!
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Rebecca’s Answer

Thank you for your question. The course you prefers that you have interest.
Below are my suggestions :
1. Think about you have interest , e.g. your hobbies, favourite subjects, etc. and identify the related careers
2. Find out more on these careers and determine what you have interest
3. Speak to someone who are working in these careers. Seek guidance from your mentor, school career counsellor, your parents, etc.
4. Shortlist 1-2 careers you would like to pursue
5. Explore the entry criteria of relevant courses of the subject
Hope this helps! Good Luck!
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