Choosing a varsity course? Don't make this mistake

Deciding on a course of study can be tricky. In fact statistics show that 80 percent of students change their major at least once during their college career.

To avoid this scenario it is important to look at your academic course from all angles before you decide to commit.

In the video “Choosing a university course – 5 mistakes and how to avoid them” we look at the pitfalls of course selection and how to ensure that you choose the right course the first time around.

Here are the 5 biggest mistakes students make:

1. Choosing a course you're not really interested in

Some students choose a course based on the advice from a parent or guidance counsellor even though they have no personal interest in the course material. This can be detrimental to the student's academic performance and their willingness to stay in the course for 3 or 4 years. Think about how you want to spend your time at university and, “what would get you excited”.

2. Not thinking far enough ahead

You need to balance your daily needs and desires with future career objectives. “Try to think about how studying a course will fit with your long term goals and not just the next few years.” Does your prospective degree match your future job requirements?

3. Choosing the wrong study method

“Do you prefer learning through lectures or practical experience.” How you study is just as important as what you study. Every person has a personal learning style. If you choose a study method that suits your personality you are more likely to excel and complete your programme.

4. Making assumptions about a course

Don't judge a course by its name. “A course at one university might teach very different things to a course with the same name at another university.” You need to do your research and find out which subjects will be included in each course.

5. Not informed about entry requirements

“Different universities have different entry requirements even for similar courses.” Do you know if you qualify for your first choice? Avoid disappointment by checking entry requirements, application deadlines and other conditions associated with your course.

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By Cindy Payle - Portal Publishing