College courses are generally scheduled on a Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday schedule. Multiple sections of courses is common. Columbia State has five campuses. When your student is constructing a schedule there are a few things parents can do to insure it is successful.
- Make sure your student has met with his or her faculty advisor. This will help your student ensure the they are taking the courses they need in order to graduate with their chosen major.
- Talk with your child about whether early morning classes make sense. Some students will do better with later start times or even evening classes.
- Encourage your child to take a full load, but not to overload! Your student wants to be successful in classes and that means participating, getting the work done and making sure that he or she keeps up with outside reading assignments. Overloads are just that - an overload! And, by the same token, when a student is not taking a full load, he or she may get discouraged because their path to graduation starts to slow down.
- Help your student to be successful by making sure that they have the textbooks. Textbooks are expensive. Help your student show early for used books or rental books. Columbia State's bookstore is a division of Barnes and Noble. They will have options for used/new/rental and online books as will many other online retailers. Compare prices, but make sure that your student has the book by the start of classes!