In 2014, Brock IT services revamped the course registration system, turning the most-frustrating task of your life into a relatively convenient process. It won’t take hours of fighting with the system to choose a class anymore, so you can use that to your advantage by taking more care and time to craft a schedule that will ensure your first year at Brock is successful. Here are 5 tips to help your first course registration successful.
1. The schedule you make is the schedule you’ll have to live with
Wandering onto the registration tab on your my.brocku.ca account without an idea of the courses you want to take is a bad idea. The course calendar has been published online with times, class locations, professors and brief descriptions of the available courses. Take the time to go through and map out your year. In your first year you may not get many choices in your major program, but make sure you choose electives and context credits carefully – don’t take organic chemistry (a class with a notorious fail rate) just to achieve a science context credit, do your homework and ask around. Whether it’s ratemyprofessor.com, asking a friend or posting on a Brock Undergrad Facebook group – be prepared for when the registration portal opens.
2. Make sure you check your undergraduate calendar
As wonderful as university may be and as excited as you are to come to Brock, at some point, you’ll want to move on. If you plan on graduating, so as to be able to one day hang that framed B.A. in your bachelor pad, it’s important to understand the program and course requirements.
Students follow the relevant course calendar for the year in which they first registered, therefore, current first-years will therefore use the 2015-2016 Course calendar (http://www.brocku.ca/webcal/undergrad/) for the remainder of their degree program. I advise you to look ahead: plan out courses, specializations, context credits, electives and minors to make your subsequent years much easier.
3. Keep breaks in mind
While an initial reaction might be to avoid scheduling breaks between classes in order to go home more quickly, this may not always be the best idea. Orange is the New Black can wait for another hour or two; instead, it’s important to ensure that you have time to go to the bathroom between classes, properly nourish yourself and get to your next class on time. While most professors give students a 10 minute break for every hour of lecture, this isn’t always necessarily true. That’s why it doesn’t hurt to put a few buffer periods in your course schedule. Besides, there are plenty of study and social spaces on campus to kill an hour in-between lectures and labs.
4. Don’t be a workaholic
Don’t start every day at 8:00 a.m., and don’t finish every day at 10:00 p.m. – it’s important to make a balanced schedule overall. While it may be tempting to start early and finish early, or start late in order to sleep in, without balance, both will frustrate you throughout the year. You’ll want to have free time some nights, and you’ll want to sleep in some days. Mid-day classes are a good option for most students, so keep late night and early morning classes to a minimum.
5. See an academic advisor
These are all just tips and advice that I’ve learned from my time as a Brock student – for any concerned Badger, it’s also imperative to check with an academic advisor either before or after registration to ensure that all program requirements are met. Specialized academic advisors are available for each faculty, so there’s no reason not to make an appointment.
Registration for first-year students (0 credits) opens June 15 at 6:00 a.m.
*The Brock Press is the official student newspaper of Brock University, funded by students, written by students and read by students. First-years living in Ontario will receive a copy of The Brock Press: Beginner’s Guide mailed to them by July 20 with more tips, tricks, advice and features to help you prepare for your time at Brock. Until then, check out brockpress.com for updates.