Be prepared for classes - Do not take courses for which you do not have the necessary prerequisites or skills. This practice takes the fun out of learning, leads to delays and frustrations and may result in having to repeat the course. If you have to repeat the course you have not gained anything anyway.Time your prerequisites - Try to take courses just after their prerequisite if possible.Try to plan your curriculum one year in advance - If possible, always be looking ahead for one year of classes and roughly plan your coursework out to graduation. If your department has a forecast of classes or a historical pattern, then use it to plan. Know what substitutes, if any, are commonly being allowed by your department. Also, every department has unwritten policies and procedures. Get to know people who can help you understand what these policies and procedures are.
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