Registration has officially opened for students to pre-register for summer and fall. This can be a very exciting time for students. Freshmen especially are usually anxious to begin college, wondering what “college life” is all about. The birds are chirping even louder than normal, and the sun seems to be shining a little brighter.
Students have somewhat settled in by the time they reach sophomore and junior years. Their familiarity with college and campus has silenced some of the birds, and the sun may not be as bright. By their senior year, the students are ecstatic. They are focused on their futures and ready to begin their last year at MUW.
Registration is an important time. Choosing the right classes at the appropriate time is imperative to having a successful learning experience. One way to ensure that you are on track is by speaking to an advisor. Each student is assigned an advisor for his or her chosen field of study.
Your advisor should be someone that you have a good relationship with, and someone you can trust to guide you in the right direction. Advisors can answer questions and deal with concerns that you may have about your future.
Advisors are able to let students know ahead of time what year would be best for taking certain classes. For instance, sometimes classes are only offered once a year. If a student fails to take the class the semester it is offered, the student may have to wait until the following year. Waiting will put that student behind, especially if that particular class is a pre-requisite.
Students who have jobs and families to raise may find it challenging to fit certain classes into their schedule. Commuters may not be able to travel to campus. In these situations, taking an on-line class may be the best route.
Due to how classes are offered, one class may be face-to-face one semester and online the next semester. The option to choose face-to-face vs. online may not exist. The student has to take what is available at that time.
The option didn't exist for me last semester. I found that my traditional way of learning was being threatened by online classes.
I was reluctant, but I had no choice. I signed up for my first online class. I felt overwhelmed from the start. I missed the face-to-face encounter. “Where was my visual aid,” I thought to myself! I am an artist; I need to see what's going on! It was too late to retract my decision.
As time passed, I realized that this online class was not that bad. The instructor provided a visual aid and a podcast which gave explanation and detailed instructions. The instructor was also willing to offer face-to-face assistance if I needed it. I felt much better about the class. However, I still had to play a major part in this being a successful experience. I had to stay motivated and keep up with assignments, quizzes and tests.
Since this experience, I have changed my perspective about online classes. They can be quite convenient. However, I am still an old-fashioned girl and a face-to-face instruction will always be my first choice.
Registration Dates for 2013
Pre-registration for summer and fall began March 20. Registration for First Term and Full Term summer school begins May 28. Registration for Second Term summer school begins July 1. Fall registration will begin Aug. 18.