Can I pass or Should I Drop the Class?

With the last day to drop a semester course approaching (November 21), some of you might be thinking of dropping a class. Here are a few things to consider before you do:

  • If you have a regular twice weekly class, you only have 6-7 days of classes left
  • If you’re taking a once weekly class you only have 4 days of classes left
  • If you have any sort of essay or project due later this month, that often accounts for up to 25 or even 30% of your grade, it’s a great way to recover in a class you’re not doing well in
  • You still have your final exam, that’s another aprox 25% of your grade where you can turn things around!
  • Take a moment to think, are things so bad in this course that you’re willing to take it all over again next semester?
  • Talk to your professor, ask what your grade is so far. It may not be as bad as you think.
  • Talk to your adviser, what options do you have besides dropping the class?
  • Talk to your classmates! Are others having trouble with this class too? What are they doing to fix them? If you’re all confused about the same thing, can you all talk to your professor about it?

Lastly, let’s be honest sometimes you might not be as concerned about failing a class so much as continuing to deal with a particularly difficult professor. Certain personalities don’t always work well together, but if that’s the only problem, remember to stick out and keep going to class. Don’t stop now! With only 7 classes left, you don’t want to throw away all of the hard work you’ve done so far. Keep in mind that after this class, you probably won’t have to take another class with that professor.

Remember to take a look at all of your options before dropping a class, there’s still time to save the grade!


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