Summer will be over faster then you know it and students will be flocking to Chabot to add classes that they weren’t able to register for. Many of the classes that everyone needs are full, but there are some simple steps you can take to give yourself a better chance at getting into that English 4 or math 55 classes that you really need. Below are some tips, they are not a guarantee but they have often worked for me.
Tip 1. Email the instructor before school starts to let them know that you would like to add their class if they have any space. To email an instructor you can simply go to the Staff Directory.
Tip 2. Get your add/priority number and what I mean by this is not simply write it down by print it, many teachers will not go off your word. To obtain your priority number log into your Class Web account and click on “Student Services”, then click “Registration”, then click on “Check your registration or priority number”. Then simply print the screen.
Tip 3. Bring your Student Id with you on the first day. Some instructors will need this to verify it is your add number you are using. Additionally many student services will be unavailable to you with out it. For example: you can’t write a check at the bookstore without your student ID. You also can’t use the health center or WRAC center without. Also if you need to make any changes to your registration in the administration building your ID is key. To get your ID go to building 700 to The Student Online Services Office. You will need to bring the following
* Photo ID (driver’s license, state-issued ID or Passport)
* Receipt or printout of current class schedule (available on CLASS-Web)
* Your W number (Student ID Number)
Tip 4. Arrive early to the class and I don’t mean five minutes. I mean 15 or 20 if you can. Most general education courses have a lot of people who want to add and students will go and sit in a class more than an hour before the class begins just to make sure they get a good seat in front of the teacher.
Tip 5. DON’T BE LATE! If you can’t arrive early don’t arrive late. Arriving late is a slap in the face to the teacher and first impressions mean everything. Plus you don’t want to upset the teacher who is going to decide whether or not to add you. To avoid being late double check the classes room number online, sometimes what gets printed in the catalog changes and the school will update it online. Also account for parking, if you are going to park off campus include your walking time and even if you are parking on campus the first week is crazy and parking can be difficult.
Tip 6. Talk to the instructor and ask if you can sit in on the class for the first week or two. Hopefully someone will drop and there will be a spot for you. If you don’t make it into the class based on your add number or there are just too many students wanting to add, don’t be discouraged. Many students drop in the first couple weeks due to schedule conflicts or they realize the class is too much for them.