Tips for a Better Registration

14 Apr

Registration is right around the corner. If you aren’t prepared, registration can definitely be a stressful time and you might not end up with the classes that you need or want. However, if you prepare ahead of time so you’re completely ready the day of, registration is sure to go smoothly. Here are my 9 top tips for a better registration.

  1. Meet with your advisor at least the week before your priority registration date. If you wait until the day before, you might not get in to see them. If you don’t see them, you might not get the classes you need. No matter how sure you are that you know what you should take, seeing your advisor never hurts and will make sure that you’re 100% on track.
  2. Have all your classes in your shopping cart ahead of time. This way, when 6:00 on Monday morning hits, all you have to do is click enroll and go back to bed. Plus, if there are any potential scheduling conflicts between classes you have to take, you’re aware of them and can figure out an alternative plan.
  3. Wake up at 5:45 on your registration day. Yes, it’s early and yes, it isn’t fun. But this way, you’ll be awake and alert, able to make sure your shopping cart is 100% ready, have your computer on, be logged into UAccess, and give yourself a little buffer if something were to go wrong with your computer or UAccess. Although we always hope that everything will work with technology, sometimes that isn’t the case. That 15-minute buffer before the official registration time will give you some breather room in case your computer decides to restart or some other issue.jim.gif
  4. Have a backup plan. Sometimes classes fill up as soon as the clock hits 6:00. If you have a backup plan for all your classes, you at least have something to fall back on before you can talk to your advisor so that all classes aren’t full by the end of the week.
  5. Click enroll right at 6:00 and don’t refresh your page. You might have to wait a few minutes due to the traffic on the site, but refreshing will just start you all over. Be patient and eventually it will enroll you in your classes.tom
  6. If you don’t get the classes you need and your backup plan fails, email your advisor right away. Be specific about the class you’re having problems with and what UAccess is saying that the problem is. If you’re detailed with the problem, they’ll be in a better position to help you quicker.
  7. Be patient with your advisor. During registration week, they’re swamped with emails, appointments, and phone calls. If you email, give them a couple days to respond. They will as soon as they can. If it’s getting to the point where your priority registration window is about to close and you still have issues, make an appointment to see them or go to walk-in office hours.patient
  8. Remember that your advisor is the expert and trust them. Just because your roommate’s sister’s boyfriend’s cousin said that you don’t actually need that class to graduate and to just skip it, if your advisor tells you what to take, listen to them.
  9. Don’t panic if things go wrong and you don’t get the class that you want or need. There are usually a lot of alternative options or plans that will keep you on track to graduate on time. If you stay calm and seek out help as soon as possible, there’s a good chance that things will get resolved smoothly.

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Registration isn’t always fun, but if you’re prepared ahead of time, things are much more likely to work out and be stress-free. Take a little bit of time ahead of time to save yourself a lot of headache in the future! Happy registration!

-Jessica

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