College Life Hacks #MarquetteEdition Pt.1
By: Tigran Ovsepyan
If I could ever go back in time with the knowledge I have now on Marquette’s Campus, my life would be a whole lot easier. Here are a few tips from a battle-hardened Junior to survive the upcoming years throughout your Marquette College career!
Choosing classes: Schedule Planner, Majors Bulletins, & Common Core Reqs.
Classes can be a real pain in the butt when having to figure out what your schedule should look like for the upcoming semester. For the majority of students, they follow the ordinary guideline of picking classes by logging into CheckMarq and clicking on the Add, swap or drop classes tab to create a schedule. This ultimately leads to a very cluttered and disorganized way of creating a schedule because of the amount of tabs it produces to figure out what you have to take for the requirements of your major and the requirements of the University in order to graduate in time. To have a more simplistic, visualized, and spaced out schedule, follow these guidelines:
Step #1) Log into CheckMarq
Step #2) Click on the Schedule Planner within the Academics Tab
Step #3) Click on Open Schedule Planner
Step #4) Customize your schedule to your needs and wants
With this new approach to creating the schedule you want, it will ensure a less stressful time of choosing the required courses needed for the upcoming semester. There are a lot of options within this schedule planner.
When choosing to add a class, everything is categorized by subject and course. When a class is selected, it will have a description of what the class entails, the perquisites needed for the course, and the difficulty of the class (1000 level courses are easier than 3000 level courses for example).
Once you add the course, it will go the courses section of the planner
You can even customize it even further by selecting the times and the professor you want for the selected courses
You can even add breaks in if you have a hard time waking up as well to customize the schedule even further
If you have difficulty finding a class, usually this is a sign that the class is already full or it’s not offered for the following semester; this is where following up with your advisor would be most beneficial, especially if it is a required course for your major. After playing around with the class setup and customizing it to fit your needs, you can scroll down within the Schedule Planner to the Schedules section. From here you can click on Generate Schedules and it will give you every single combination of classes with multiple versions of schedules to choose from.
If schedules do not generate then there will be a pop-up that will show you which classes have a time conflict with your customized schedule.
You can also compare versions of each schedule by selecting two of them and it will give you a colorized comparison between the two schedules. After viewing the schedule that you want, you can send it to your shopping cart and add it to your schedule within the Add, swap or drop classes tab!
Playing around with the Schedule Planner can lead to an easier way to function around choosing classes during a stressful time. After you master the basics, you can customize and edit your schedule at any time to your preference for a more refreshing semester.
Marquette Bulletin and Common Core Req.
The easiest way to figuring out what classes you are required to take for your major and through the Universities standard requirements to graduate are through Marquette’s bulletins! These can be found on the Marquette’s undergraduate website but it’s a lot easier by googling it. All you have to do is google “Marquette Bulletin,” and then add what you’re looking for. For example, if I want to take a look at my major requirements, I would google “Marquette Bulletin Criminology.” If I wanted to look at the requirements needed to graduate by Marquette’s standards, I would google, “Marquette Bulletin Core Curriculum.” Usually it’s the first link when you search this into Google.
It will help you save a lot of time and maybe even an academic advisors appointment. Have a fun time choosing classes! Part 2 of college hacks at Marquette is on its way!