4 tips for getting a seat at Education Week

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Attendees at the 2012 Education Week take notes in one of the classes. This year there will be over 1,000 classes offered.(Photo courtesy of BYU Photo)

Attendees at the 2012 Education Week take notes in one of the classes. This year there will be over 1,000 classes offered.(Photo courtesy of BYU Photo)

More than 21,000 women and men are registered for BYU’s Campus Education Week classes starting today, which means there are that many people trying to attend some of the same classes.

Bruce Payne, the administrator for Campus Education Week, provided tips on how to beat the crowds and get into the classes that you want at Education Week.

1. Choose a close classroom 

If there is a class that you really want to attend, go to a class located nearby the desired class the hour before.

2. Attend the class before

By attending the class scheduled in the classroom before the one you really want to attend, you guarantee yourself a seat for the next hour.

3. Know the rules

Since there are many people wanting to attend classes at Education Week, there is no saving seats, so don’t rely on friends to hold a spot.

“We don’t allow saving seats,” Payne said. “If somebody comes in and their friend goes to the restroom, that is one thing, but once it gets close to the time, then we do ask them to give up their seat.”

Luckily, some of the larger classes, like the ones scheduled for the Joseph Knight Building, Martin Building, Hinckley Center or Harris Fine Arts Center, have overflow seating where organizers will broadcast the speaker.

4. Go early in the week

If you are trying to get into at least one class with a specific teacher, start early in the week so you have a better chance of getting in.

Payne said this way you’ll “(1) be able to see the instructor and (2) be able to gauge the demand on the class.”

Education Week workshops run from Monday, Aug. 19 to Friday, Aug. 23. To attend classes for the whole week, registration is $74, or $29 for one day. This year’s theme is “A People of Profound Learning.” To see the more than 1,000 classes offered at Education Week, click here.

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Rebecca Lane

While her first language is sarcasm, Rebecca dabbles in English and Russian to achieve her lifelong dream of being a journalist. A BYU sports fan, reading enthusiast and wannabe world traveler, Rebecca is a Colorado transplant that is convinced Colorado's mountains are much larger than the many Utah County peaks. Rebecca manages UtahValley360.com for Bennett Communications. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccalane.

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