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April 12, 2011 10:07 AM

Tele-Bears Strategies (Phase I vs. Phase 2?)

Here are the basics of Tele-Bears:

During Phase I, you can sign up for a maximum of 10.5 units. Units for courses that you are on the waiting list for also count toward this 10.5 unit limit. The reasoning behind this is to distribute the distribution of class sign-ups and prevent "shopping around"-where people sign up for classes that they are sure to drop.

Generally, you should use Phase I to enroll in priority courses or classes that fill up quickly. You can check the Online Schedule of Classes ( to see how full any particular course is and decide which classes to sign up for in Phase I.

Here are some tips for making those decisions:

  • Typically, if an elective is almost full, you might want to take that over a required class that is almost empty.
  • If you are taking a CNR class that is required for your major, chances are that there will be reserved seats for your major. Even if you don't get in Phase II, there will most likely be special considerations and the instructor might give you a course code. (Essentially, you have a better chance of getting in.)
  • Check to see if your classes are offered the semester after (i.e. if you are enrolling for fall, is the class offered during spring?) If you don't get in one of them, there is the option of taking it after the upcoming semester. On the other hand, if you don't sign up for a class that is ONLY offered during spring or fall, you won't be able to take it for another year.
  • When navigating the Online Schedule of Classes, make sure to click on the Current enrollment information and course restrictions (below the enrollment data). From here you can see updated enrollment information, and whether or not seats are reserved for any majors. If there are seats reserved for any major (not your own), then there are fewer seats available to you. This must be taken into consideration.

Hopefully this has helped you. Remember that Peer Advisors are tabling Monday through Thursday from 9AM to 3PM, and are open to any questions (including specific prioritizing of classes)!

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