To drop a class or not to drop a class, that is the question.
September 26, 2012 11:38 AM Subscribe
To be optimistic or realistic - should I drop this class or not?
posted by Seeking Direction to Education (24 answers total)
Well, I'm a senior biology major at a reasonably well-reknowned university. This year, I have to take four advanced bio classes total to finish the major requirements. (If I were starting again, I probably would have majored in something else - but that's a story for another day.) I should note that I receive support/accommodations for learning needs.
Two of those classes are this semester.
One of them ("Class A") appears to be harder, with more regular assignments, but the professor actually explains the concepts very well. The professor and TA's are very accessible in this class, and I in fact meet regularly with a TA.
The other ("Class B") - well, I chose it because I knew the professor personally. This class had specific pre-requisites, but the professor told me it wouldn't be a big deal if I hadn't taken those courses. There isn't a tremendous amount of homework - or so it seems. Problem is, the professor doesn't get to everything in his lectures, covers material at an even faster rate than the other professor, and the TA's aren't as accessible outside of class.
Now here is the dilemma - I had exams in both classes in the past few days. The "withdraw without a W" deadline is next Monday. I don't know either exam grade yet, but I found the Class B exam harder than the Class A exam. I don't know WHEN the exam grades will be available - will I know before Monday at all? I'd rather not get a W.
Class A has a "grade forgiveness" policy, so I have a chance to redeem myself even if the first grade was lousy; Class B does not. Granted, Class B has several more exams/papers where I can redeem myself.
Here's where things get interesting: my learning needs allow for the school to pay for up to two summer classes. Advanced bio classes are generally not offered in the summer, though, at least not at this institution. That means if I dropped one of the biology classes now, I'd have to take three bio classes next semester! Yikes!
I've generally taken FOUR classes per semester, but both semesters this year, I'll need FIVE if I want to graduate on time. (At my school, everyone must take 38 classes total to graduate, regardless of major requirements. Labs do not count for some reason, even though I have to take one this semester - so I've basically got six classes under my belt.)
So, should I stick out both classes and just try to graduate - or take it more cautiously and drop Class B?
(And by the way, I can't exactly afford extra semesters here.)