How Others Have Done It
They made a plan.
Log into UAOnline to check out DegreeWorks. There you can view your degree requirements and keep track of your progress. Or use the requirements page in your catalog and check off classes as you complete them. Look ahead at classes you still need to take and make sure you enroll in the prerequisite courses. Know which classes are offered only in the fall or spring and plan your class schedule accordingly.
They completed at least 15 credits every semester and went to summer school if they fell behind.
Most bachelor's degrees at UA require a minimum of 120 credits, which is 15 credits per semester for four years. An associate degree requires at least 60 credits, for a total 15 credits a semester for two years. Summer classes can ease the academic load and help spread 30 credits over the entire year.
They did not repeat classes and did not drop more than one or two classes during their college career.
Working to get satisfactory grades in every class pays off in the end. On average expect to spend 2-3 hours outside of class studying for each credit hour. That’s 30-45 hours per week studying with a 15 credit course load.
They took math and science early.
It’s often beneficial to complete math and science requirements right away. You’ll need everything you learned in high school and if you wait too long, you might forget.
They met with their advisors regularly and did not change majors after their third semester.
Advisors help make certain you are meeting the plan. Changing majors means starting again with required and elective classes. It can really stretch out your time in school, at more cost to you.
They did not take a semester or a year off.
Interruptions during college are difficult to overcome. Try to keep the momentum you’ve built up.
They made school the priority and limited the number of hours they worked.
For many, a part-time job is important for meeting tuition and living costs. Students who work up to 10 hours a week even tend to earn better grades. However, too many work hours interfere with grades. It may be cheaper in the long run to take a student loan, work fewer hours and finish faster.
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