With drop/add without academic penalty around the corner, the question becomes “Should I drop this course?” Before you answer yes or no, let’s consider a few things.
- What’s your TRUE grade? It’s one thing to estimate your grade based on returned assignments, but an estimate is not a true account. Write down all the grades you have, along with how much each assignment was worth and determine your true grade.
- Attendance Policy. Where do you stand with the class attendance policy? Does your professor deduct points after missing a certain amount of classes? Is attendance counted towards your overall grade? Also consider if there is a departmental attendance policy.
- Withdraw Policy. Some universities, such as Georgia Southern, dictate a maximum number of withdrawals throughout your college career. Make sure that you carefully consider the withdraw policy prior to making your decision.
- Course offerings. Is this a course that is offered multiple times throughout the academic year? Is a it a prerequisite for the next course in your program? Will withdrawing from this course hinder your personal graduation plan?
- Be proactive. No one knows better about what you need to do to successfully pass a course than the individual teaching the course. Don’t wait till the day before withdrawal to talk with your professor about your success in the course.
Withdrawing from a college course is not an issue that should be taken lightly.
I would like to hear from you. What are some additional things one should consider prior to withdrawing from a course?