The Oski Bear’s evil twin has resurfaced again! We know we’ve given you some combat tactics before, but you can never be too prepared! The beauty of being at a large university on the semester system is that we get to figure out classes for next semester while we’re not even halfway into this one. While you’re
studying for your chemistry midterm coming up in a week, you can go ahead and pick out which torturous chemistry series you’ll endure for the following five months of your life. Don’t give up just yet, though. Everything has weaknesses, and Tele-BEARS is hardly an exception.
Recall your history with Tele-BEARS – It’s quite useful to know what classes you have taken and what you need to do to get through your degree.
Know the rules of the fight – You have to sign up for at least 12.5 units per semester and no more than either 19.5 or 20.5 units depending on your college. In Phase One, you cap out at 10.5 – so get your ‘must-have’ classes in first. If you’re wondering what that half-unit is for: It allows you to take a P.E. class so you can explore sports, martial arts or whatever it is at the RSF that interests you.
Start Your Training Early – Don’t scramble to figure out your schedule a few minutes before your appointment. With that said, make sure you know when you’re supposed to be signing up! Log on to Bear Facts and check when you’re supposed to dive into the belly of the beast – you don’t want to sacrifice whatever priority you may have over other students.
Study Your Opponent – Berkeley Time is a great site where you can find out where Tele-Bears is vulnerable by looking at the difficulty of each course and whether your intended classes fulfill the requirements.
Consult the Oracle – Even Neo had to get a free consultation from the Oracle, chosen one notwithstanding. Hence, go see the know-it-all Tele-BEARS Oracle! This site helps you see which courses fill up the most quickly and how the enrollment fluctuates over time.
Get The Secret Cheat Code – Some students can’t start registering for classes until they enter a four digit code to unlock the system. You would have to meet with an advisor (who’s assigned to you by your department) to discuss how you should go about deciding your classes – take advantage of them! And if you forget to do so, you’ve got a one out of 10,000 chance… Start guessing!
In Case You Start Losing – What happens when you’re in that stressful hour of your appointment, and you see that dreaded word ‘full’? Go for the waitlist! It’s a risk, sure, but if you really want to get into that class and you know it has a history of dropouts, give it a shot. Follow the 10 percent rule: If the class size is 100 people, usually around 10 people – or 10 percent of the size – will end up getting in off the waitlist.
Round Two – Your schedule is by no means locked in after your appointment is over. You can always log on from 7 p.m. to midnight on weekdays to make tweaks or modifications. Open hours are useful, since you can check the classes you want to see if a spot has opened up.
Engineers Rejoice – The CoE has a bunch of really useful links that you can take advantage of. You can find out which AP credits transfer as class credits, how the humanities requirements work out and even which exact classes you should be taking if you know what kind of engineering you’re doing.
So now that we’ve armed you with a full arsenal of weapons, websites, wit and what it takes, the Tele-BEAR isn’t that hard to beat after all. Go forth, brave warrior!
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