Trying to figure out if you should drop a class can be a tough decision and you have a REALLY short window of opportunity to make that decision before you reach the point of no return and must take whatever grade you wind up earning. There are a couple of things to consider when making this decision.
- Do I Need This Class To Graduate? – Grab your course catalog and check to see if there are other classes that will fulfill this requirement that might be more appealing.
- Do I Have Time To Enroll in Another Course? If you’re trying really hard to graduate on time, is this going to throw you off schedule? Is it worth dropping the class and having to take another semester or summer classes?
- Am I Trying Hard Enough? – Have you let the class slide too much, but could turn it around by really buckling down
- Is It Just The Teacher I Don’t Like? – Perhaps you’re interested in the subject but just don’t like how it’s being taught. Maybe there is another section you can switch into or take the following semester.
At the end of the day, you really need to keep an eye on your progress in class to ensure that you’re moving towards a positive outcome when your grades come in. Some good warning signs to look for that indicate you might not fare well in the rest of the class are…
- You’re having a difficult time paying attention in class. The subject isn’t connecting with you.
- You’re not motivated to do the required reading and you’re substantially far behind already, early in the game.
- You do well in other classes but this teacher scores you low on class assignments.
- Your test and quiz scores are troublesome.
- You find it difficult even to motivate yourself to go to the class.
Keep an eye out for these warning signs in your own behavior. If things are not going well before the mid-term, things likely won’t get much better. Consider dropping the course or switching to pass/fail if that’s an option at your school.