June 7: Use the Internet to find your professors

For the most part, new students have very little say in their first semester classes. Advisers will help you sort through what’s left after everyone else had their registration date and most likely sign you up for whatever general education requirements are still there.

But at the very least, you can see what you are getting yourself into with ratemyprofessor.com.

People use the site for different purposes. Some people want the path of least resistance and pinpoint easier teachers. Others want the teachers that may challenge them but prepare them most for their careers. Though the database is far from exhaustive, it’s still helpful on the most basic level. The site offers ratings based on easiness, helpfulness, clarity and the rater’s interest in the class.

You’ll be a step ahead when you have to register for second semester too.