If you are on the doorstep of your studies, probably you wonder what classes to sign up for. You have two choices: to pick them by interest or in relation to your major. If you have list of requirements, choose by them and don’t just pick course titles that sounds interesting. Usually the classes have description that tell what the class is about, what you will study or list of topics.
Create your own schedule by choosing between four and six classes that you can attend in different days or a couple of times in one week. Try to have enough time to prepare your assignments and to be able to read all needed materials. The right schedule will reduce the tension and will allow you to achieve more through your studies. There are activities in online college classes that you should attend together with the rest of the class and things you can do on your own in certain term, keep that in mind when choosing.
If you are still confused look for advice section on the college’s site or other help sections and forums. There you can talk to other students. Also most professors are available through e-mail or directly from the site through contact form. Turn to them whenever there is something that bothers you regarding the courses.
If you need to plan your studies for the whole program, put the required subjects in the first two years and concentrate on your majors in the rest of the course.
Combine different type of classes to keep the balance – paper writing and problem solving will require different kinds of work from you and you will have some rest during the exam period. Doing the same thing over and over again despite the different topics may exhaust you more than you think.
Use your placement exam results and college credits to cover some of the core subjects. This will give you space for other subjects or rest/ work/ family. You can gain college credits through IB or AP program in high school.
Remember that in online colleges you are the main criteria for class choice, put your needs and personal schedule first and try to fit the classes I it, not the other way around.