Course selection is coming up soon! To help you prepare, the LMPSU has compiled some tips and tricks (e.g. where to find course evaluations data) to help you make an informed decision:
1. See what past students think. To help you make informed decisions on courses and profs, check out the course evaluations from previous years (remember filling these out at the end of every semester?)
2. Select your courses based on your own learning style and schedule. If you prefer active participation, look for courses with smaller class sizes or tutorials. U of T also offers first-year seminars for classes of 20 students in a variety of disciplines. If you dislike sitting for long periods of time, it may be beneficial to choose three 1-hour lectures over one 3-hour lecture. If you commute, you might want to avoid picking lecture sections that are too far apart or are incompatible with transit schedules.
3. Don’t overwhelm yourself. Every hour spent in lecture/lab/tutorial likely translates to 2-4 more hours of homework or studying. Try to avoid creating times with overwhelming workloads.
4. Planning to take more than 5 courses in a semester? You are not allowed to enrol in your 6th course until after priority drops (starting August 3), so choose those first five courses wisely. If you are planning on taking more than 6 courses, you will need permission from your registrar.
5. Make sure you know when your start time is. Depending on your year of study, your start time will be displayed on ACORN on (first day of course enrolment for 4th years – July 11, 3rd years – July 16, 2nd years – July 19, and 1st years – July 26). Fun fact: your start time is dependent on how many credits you have completed. The more credits you have, the earlier your time.
6. Make multiple backup timetables. They will come in handy if the sections/courses you wanted get filled up before your start time.
7. Start early. You can start adding your courses to your enrolment cart now, so that you can save time and reduce frustration if the website lags on enrolment day.
Good luck on getting the courses you want! Stay tuned for LMPSU events throughout the year!