With the drop date of classes quickly approaching, many people are in the process of deciding whether or not they should drop a class. This is something that many people have to decide while in their college career, and there are many factors that go into this decision. When making this big decision, you should consider the following things:
- Will it be better for your GPA if you drop the class or stay in?
- Will dropping the class affect any of the scholarships or grants you received from financial aid?
- If you drop the class, will it affect your future schedule and limit what classes you can take?
- Do you have time to improve your grade before the drop date?
There are many things that affect the answers to these questions, as well as many people you can talk to to help you make your final decision. One of the most important people to talk to about whether or not you should drop a class is the teacher of the class! This is the only person besides you who knows your exact grades and what you are struggling with, and the teachers have experience with what strategies will help a student improve their grade the most.
Another person who you can talk to about whether it is best to withdraw or not is your Academic Advisor or New Student Advisor. The advisors’ only tasks (unless they teach a class) is to help their students, and they are more than willing to talk to you about the best course for your academic future. Your advisor will tell you exactly how much time you have to take specific classes based on whether you have any required tests to take (like the MCAT or GRE, etc.) or a specific timeline for graduating.
Also, as unhelpful as it may seem, talking to your friends or other students can be just as helpful as talking to your advisor or a teacher, because other students can give you a guideline for how the rest of the semester is going to be in the class. They can tell you how the teacher grades, the expectations for what a test is going to be set up, how to study, and even how the teacher grades. Most of the classes I have taken have been chosen because of good reviews from my friends or other students that I have in class with me.
I have many friends who have waited too long to withdraw from a class and ended up with a bad grade, or even a zero if the class was dropped after the drop date, when they had already known their grade was low. This can have many negative repercussions, only one of them being a drastically lowered GPA; another consequences are a loss of financial aid if there is a scholarship or grant that requires a minimum number of credit hours, and if you drop a class early enough, it is usually possible to find an 8-week filler class to maintain this requirement.
Most of all, it is important to make sure there is no way that you can gain any extra credit in the class or possibly get help from a tutor in the subject, because not only are you spending time on a class just to drop it, but you also spent tuition money on a class that could have been put toward a class that you would have gotten a good grade in. The last thing you’ll want is to be stuck in school for another semester because of a class that you could have passed the first time.