Tips For Creating an Educational Plan
Creating an educational plan gives you a visual picture of what you need to accomplish term by term and a good idea of how long it will take to meet your academic goals. It is important to know what is required of you as you progress toward your degree, certificate, or college transfer. Having a well thought-out plan also makes it easier to make time for outside commitments (e.g. work, family). To design a plan that works for you, follow the next tips, to help you get started:
- As a rule of thumb, if you work 40+ hours a week, take only 1 or 2 classes;
If you work 30 hours a week, take only 2 or 3 classes;
If you work 20 hours a week, take only 3 or 4 classes;
If you work fewer than 20 hours a week, you might succeed with 5 or more classes per term.
- Complete requirements in reading, writing, and mathematics as soon as possible.
- Take skill-building courses like mathematics and composition in consecutive terms so you do not forget the background material you have learned.
- For structured programs (e.g. professional-technical), follow the program outline as closely as possible. The sequence has a reason.
- Double check the catalog to assure that the course is offered in the term you have it scheduled.
- Check which courses have prerequisites and schedule the prerequisites. NEVER take a course without the prerequisites.
- Choose general education electives based on your career choice and/or personal interest, not on what is easy.
- Your adviser is your best resource for educational planning.
Take a high interest course every term to keep you enthusiastic about college and learning.