Tips to Become a Smarter Student This Semester

Posted: August 24, 2017


Enrollment period can be one of the most stressful periods in the first few weeks of the semester. Choosing your courses can be a hassle, especially if there are courses you still need to catch up on, or ones which require prerequisites for them to be taken. And so we have gathered some tips on how you can pick your classes for a hassle free semester:


Take courses you actually like


If it’s a core subject, you have no choice but to take it. But if you plan to take electives, make sure to take courses which you really like. A course that interests you will most likely motivate you to do well. We are not saying that you should sign up for classes which are easy for you—instead take classes that are actually interesting to you and can motivate you to attend classes and fulfill its requirements.


Check out your options


If you are an irregular student chances are, you don’t have the same classes as the rest of your batchmates. You may take subjects prescribed for your batch, and you may also take other courses in advance. Take the time to review the course catalog and see what classes are available for your current credited units. You can also choose what classes pique your interests and what areas you want to specialize in.


Create a schedule that works for you


Are you a morning person? Then morning classes are perfect for you! Our brain functions better when we are at our most alert and least moody time. If you aren’t a fan of waking up before the crack of dawn, maybe classes which begin right before noon is best for you. Pick a schedule you think you will be able to learn more. That way, attending your classes will give you a sense of accomplishment rather than it feeling like a chore.


Visit your program coordinator


Every program in the top colleges in the Philippines has its own faculty. They are more than willing to guide their students in creating their course schedules. Try to meet him/her before enrollment to counsel you on what courses to take. Consulting with your program coordinator lets you become aware if you are right on track. It also lessens the confusion on what courses to register in because they can access the database which lists down what courses are being offered each semester.


Focus on your core subjects first


Multitasking in college is essential that’s why you should always prioritize your major subjects among other classes or activities. Make sure to take and pass your core subjects on time for most them, if not all, are prerequisites to your other subjects in the future semesters.


Try to be logical


Don’t take a course just because your best friend is taking it as well. If you live off campus, consider its distance from your school, especially if you plan on taking the morning classes. Most professors take attendance into consideration when deciding either to pass or fail a student. Save yourself from this dilemma by plotting a schedule which gives you enough time to get ready and travel without worrying about being late for you class.


Doing your best in your classes can go a long way. Aside from the high marks and the possibility of being on the Dean’s list, it saves you from the hassle of going back and forth between offices just to be able to take the classes you either failed or missed. Pick your courses and schedules which suit your capacities and will help you complete the requirements you need to graduate on time. Choose classes you will enjoy, but if they are not available, then take that challenge as a motivation to do well so you don’t have to repeat them next sem. Good luck!