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May 31, 2019
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Helpful tips and tricks for course registration

Course registration can be stressful and time-consuming. But never fear! I’m here to make it as straightforward for you as possible. Read on for my helpful tips when registering for courses.

1. Save the date!

Once you’re notified of your personalized registration date and time in the course schedule on the Student Service Centre (SSC), make sure you set a reminder in your calendar so you don’t miss your registration time (shown in Pacific Daylight Time). There are tons of different registration times and some of them are super close to each other, so even a 5-minute difference can make or break getting into an important course… 

2. Choose your courses wisely

The SSC is your go-to place for picking your courses. Check out this video to get an idea of how the SSC can help you select your courses:

Some courses are degree requirements…

You’ll need to meet certain requirements to complete your degree. Check out your faculty’s website for specific details (a quick Google search should bring you to the right site), or check the full list of faculty websites.

…but others are not!

If your program allows for choice when it comes to course selection, then take some time to explore all the courses that are offered with an open mind.

And then there are standard timetables (STTs)…

If you’re registering with a standard timetable then you’ll have less of this course-choice freedom (hint hint: Commerce and Applied Science). Check the Academic Calendar for information on standard timetables and faculty-specific required courses.

3. Create a killer worklist (or two)

A worklist is a list of classes that you create as a mock-schedule for yourself. You can create as many worklists as you want, but on your registration date, you’ll be registering one of these worklists for real. Make sure you have at least one complete worklist that you feel pretty good about. Watch this video for more info:

Tip: Make use of the test registration button, as it’ll tell you if you meet the requirements for certain courses before you actually have to register.

Screenshot example of registration page highlighting the "Test Registration" button

4. Login early and be prepared to register the second you can.

Courses fill up quickly. This is especially true in first year when many people are trying to register for the same required courses. So, grab a coffee, warm up your clicking-finger, and get ready to tap that “register all” button. You can register for courses up until the course change date which you can find here

5. Don’t panic if a course fills up

Clicking on that “register all” button and getting an alert that a course is full is a stressful moment that we’ve all experienced. Luckily, lots of courses have a waitlist, and it’s really common for people to drop classes all the way up to the start of term. Check out “What to do if a class is full” for useful tips.

Good luck with registration everyone!