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March 30, 2011 5:25 PM

Planning out Summer/Fall Schedule

As Telebear appointments are approaching quickly, now might be a good time to bookmark schedule.berkeley.edu

At one point I bookmarked

Spring: http://schedule.berkeley.edu/srchsprg.html

Fall: http://schedule.berkeley.edu/srchfall.html

Summer: http://schedule.berkeley.edu/?PageID=srchsmr.html

Anyways, both summer and fall classes are out! As you can probably tell, I love planning schedules. Unlike last Telebears, this time you can select between the summer and fall schedules. Double the fun! Summer courses are

a great opportunity to lighten your major requirements from the academic school year. Summer is also a great time to catch up on prerequisites for certain majors, to complete the Reading and Composition requirement, and to take advantage of certain courses that are only offered in the summer (eg. IB 141). Some students find summer courses more doable because of the continuous class meetings from Monday through Thursday and they excel in a fast paced curriculum that covers material in six weeks, eight weeks, or ten weeks. However, a caution to other students is to keep in mind is that summer courses are not always easier at Berkeley because summer courses cover the same material as the regular semester. Also, summer lab courses at Berkeley such as general biology and organic chemistry have labs twice a week; for physics it is double the mastering physics homework. I personally think that taking chem 3b alone in the summer is doable but I would not recommend chem 3b with chem 3bL in the same summer. The lab and lecture combination works for some people but not for everyone.

My tip for planning you summer semester schedule is to think about these three questions

1. How many hours is lecture/lab?

2. Will I be able to handle it (with a second class)?

3. Do I have time for studying (while volunteering/working)?

Although summer is a great opportunity to take classes, there are only a limited number of courses to choose from; the fall semester on the other hand has so many more options. For my major, many nutritional science courses are only offered in the fall or only offered in the spring. Whenever I plan my fall/spring schedule I always refer to the my major checklist and have to keep in mind which courses are only offered when because if I missed out one fall semester I would have wait a whole year for the next one.

My fall semester planning questions are

1. How many hours is lecture/lab?

2. Will I be able to handle it (in combination with the rest of my schedule)?

3. Do I have time for studying (while volunteering/working/attending club meetings)?

4. How well did I handle my spring schedule last year? What should I change/continue for last year?

5. Are there midterms/finals that conflict with one another?

Questions 5 might require having to wait until school starts to know if there are conflicting midterms but definitely think about final schedule. Do you really want to take three finals back to back in one day?

Have fun planning!


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