Fall 2018: ignore this page. I've got to put some work to update the FAQs - they're outdated.
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General Information follows ...
Welcome to Fall 2017! Some quick FAQs:
Not all these questions apply to all classes I teach at all schools. Please be sure to see the specific class links at the bottom for anything particular to your class.
It says I have lab before first lecture. What do I do on Day One?
Come to lab! We check attendance! If you’re registered, you lose your seat! If you’re a waitlister or petitioner, you might be able to get a seat!
This is my last class to get into XYZ professional school, but I register too late, or class is full already, or (you get the idea) … How do I get in?
If you’re not able to register for the class, every school I teach at has an automated wait list. You’re automatically added to the waitlist if you can’t get into the class (I think). The automated wait list is part of the registration system, and I can’t add or take away names from it. I just get a list when I print up the roster.
Can you add me to the waitlist?
The wait list is automated and part of the registration system. I’m not able to add students to the list. If you don’t get a spot in the class, and there’s room on the waitlist, you get on the waitlist. If you aren’t able to get on the waitlist, come to the first class!
WAIT LIST ALERT!
Be sure you monitor your email! When you’re on the waitlist and your number comes up, you have 24 hours to claim your spot in the class, or you're DROPPED OFF THE WAITLIST. As this is part of the registration system, there's nothing I can do about this!
How do I get in? It says the waitlist is full!
Show up to class. If you're not on the wait list, you'll be a petitioner (some people call 'em "crashers"), and I'll go over the process during the first day of class. Waitlisters get in first if there's room, then petitioners. Some more info below...
Getting into the class as a waitlister
Attend every class before the last date to add. If you miss a day, you are put in the petitioner’s pool (Bucket 2 in the example below) As long as you attend every day, you keep your waitlist spot, and I take people in order when I have spots.
When there’s no more waitlisters, I go into the petitioner’s pool.
Getting into class as a petitioner
Day 1 - Be sure you attend and I have your email and you check it often. If I'm through the waitlist, and I have a spot, I'll email you and give you a deadline to respond (usually 24-48 hours).
If I don't have enough spots for everyone I emailed, I'll do a random draw. I use an online program or app, so there’s no picking numbers, etc. I just plug names in and press enter, and it will draw the name out.
Specific protocol for petitioners.
Day 1 – sign roster. Be sure you give me your email so I can add you on to Google Drive so you can get materials the registered students get on Blackboard/Canvas (you don’t have access until you are in the class)
Day 1 until last day to add – keep up, even if you can't attend class. I'll email/post here on the Twitter Bar the current class status.
I take waitlisters first in order, then petitioners with perfect attendance (random draw if there’s not enough space), then those that miss 1 day, then 2 days, etc. Some terms I only take a couple waitlisters. Other terms I can get into the petitioners pool – every term is different, so it’s hard to tell.
Odds to get in?
I can’t tell. It differs every term, every class. Sometimes I’m able to take everyone on the waitlist and go into petitioners/crashers before the last date to add. Other times, I’m only able to take a few people off the waitlist.
Can I crash/petition more than one section?
Yes. You likely have to spend the entire time in each lecture and lab. I know it takes a lot of time, but that’s how the system works. Show every instructor that you'll do everything to get into that class, not just talk. How badly do you want it?!
Want more info? Find your course below:
Current term courses in RED. CYP = Cypress, GWC = Golden West College, SC = Saddleback