Friday, May 27, 2016

5 Tips for Choosing the Right Classes

 5 Tips for Choosing the Right Classes
Brittney Bodden
WES Student Advisor

Each year, thousands of international students from around the world choose to study abroad in the United States. Although many students know their major upon arrival, other students need more time to choose.

There are many different processes to take into consideration when choosing a major in the U.S. For instance, in some countries, you are required to choose a major at the beginning of your freshman year and can’t change your major once you’ve made your selection. In the U.S., on the other hand, students can wait until the end of their sophomore year or early junior year to declare a major. It’s in your best interest not to change your major after sophomore year, but students often find other passions while pursuing a degree, ultimately deciding to change their path.

Your major ultimately determines your coursework, which is the fundamental skillset needed for students to succeed in the workforce. To ensure your pathway to success, here are some tips to consider when choosing the right courses:

  • Don't believe the myths: When attending a university, you may have heard rumors about difficult courses that you should never take or how a particular professor rarely gives students an A grade. Before you decide to eliminate a course based on a student’s opinion, remember that this college and it’s not meant to be easy. It’s a learning process and each course requires hard work and dedication to receive a good grade. 
  • Stick with what interests you: Whatever you decide to study, make sure it’s something you’re passionate about and begin exploring the possible classes that your university offers based on your major. Begin by making a possible list of courses based on your interests.

    Whether you like it or not, there are courses that you must take to graduate; however, there are plenty of opportunities to choose electives and other classes that you won’t mind waking up early to attend. Be aware, there will be times when you’re forced to attend an 8 a.m. or a late-night course when all you’d rather do is lie in bed and sleep. It’s a commitment, so at least make a commitment to something you love.
  • Pay attention to course content: With each course, there is a description of what’s entailed for the semester. Be sure to read through the details, paying close attention to the work and projects you will be required to complete for a grade. Students often read the title of a course and assume this is the class they are looking for. But titles can sometimes be deceiving, so read through the description and, if needed, reach out to the professor teaching the course for clarification.

    Being an international student, some words may be foreign to non-native English speakers, check out our list of college terminology for academic terms.
  • Know the entry requirements: It’s important to read all of the requirements for a course you are interested in. Many universities have a set of requirements that each student must meet to be admitted into that class. 
  • Speak with your advisor: If you do nothing else, make an appointment with your advisor! Your advisor has extensive knowledge pertaining to the course requirements and the best structure for keeping you on track for graduation. The advisors are there to help students with classes, adjusting to a new environment, and other tips and advice to make this transition as easy as possible. So don’t be afraid to ask for help, it will benefit you in the long run. 

Choosing your courses is a very important decision. So take your time, do your research, and know that this is the time to learn and experience new and exciting techniques that will prepare you for your future.

No comments:

Post a Comment

Comments posted on may be moderated.

Like us on Facebook for exclusive content from U.S. Admissions Experts!