Course Selection

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Course selection

Your first year of university or college is a year of discovery.

Choosing a course or program can be challenging and exciting at the same time.
Some people know exactly what they want to study but many don’t.
When choosing, it can help to ask yourself:
  • What interests me the most? 
  • What are my hobbies?
  • Which courses did I enjoy in high school? 
  • What am I good at?
  • What am I not so good it?
  • Are there courses I need to take to help me achieve what I may want to do?

Asking your family, teachers, and friends what courses they took and enjoyed may also help.

Once you have an idea of what interests you:

  • You should check the admission requirements for relevant programs so you know which high school courses you have to complete before graduating. Some programs may require courses to be taken in a specific order, so there is less choice.
  • Read the school calendar or website thoroughly. It will provide you with a basic description of the courses.
  • Class size: Do you prefer bigger, lecture-type classes? Or do you prefer smaller, discussion-based classes? Note that many first- and second-year classes are larger lecture format, whereas most third- and fourth-year classes are smaller with time for discussion.
  • Class time: Are you an early riser who works best in the morning? Or are you more alert and attentive in the afternoon or evening?