Look, of course it is better if you can manage to finish a class successfully. After all, we need to get a certain number of credits in order to graduate and every successful class therefore means that you’re going to be that much closer. At the same time, if you’re not going to finish it successfully, then it might be time to drop it – particularly if keeping going would mean you get a fail mark, while dropping it would mean it wouldn’t be included.
So how do you know if you’re going to fail or if you’re going to succeed? Here are some of the biggest signs that it might be time to give up and pull out. In that way you’re failing fast and moving on to better things.
You don’t need it and it’s way too hard
If from day one you feel you’re completely out of your depth even as everybody else nods along, then it might be a good idea to drop the class. This goes doubly if you don’t actually need the course to graduate.
Did you only need the 200 level but thought the 300 would add something extra and are you now starting to doubt the truth of that? Well, then drop it! Find something better to do with your time!
An even better idea if the idea of the class really appeals to you is to take the lower level class in the same direction. Then, with that extra experience and skill under your belt, you’ll be in a much better position to try again (and possibly even enjoy the class) next semester.
You failed the first test
The first test is often the easiest. If you already failed that one, this might mean that you’re going to struggle. What’s more, you’ll have that first ‘fail’ against your name already, which means you really need to outdo yourself if you want to actually get a decent grade by the end of the class.
Maybe in that case it’s better to drop it and try again a semester or year later, when you’re more knowledgeable and have a better grasp of some of the surrounding topics.
Of course, if you only just failed it and you get to take another chance, you can try again. Perhaps you just need to hone your test taking skills. Still, it’s generally a good reason to consider dropping it.
The course load is enough for two other courses
Some professors are nuts. They expect far more from us than other courses do. And as often these courses don’t count for more at the end of the day, letting them make such demands is crazy.
So, if the course requirements almost look like a textbook, then perhaps a better idea is to find something a little less demanding.
And that’s not just because you’re lazy! After all, the more demanding one course is on your time and the more time you spend writing essays for Dr. Demanding, the less you’ll have left over for the other ones you’re doing. And that’s highly unfair, particularly if one of those courses is really important for something you want to do after you finish university.
The professor is so boring you keep falling asleep
I don’t know how some professors don’t just fall asleep walking down the hallway. I mean, seriously, if they have to listen to themselves in their own heads how can they possibly stay awake?
The truth is that some professors simply can’t teach. If you’re in a situation where you’ve got a professor like that and the subject is difficult enough that you actually need the class notes to have chance of succeeding, then again it might be time to call it quits. After all, if they’re so boring you can’t stay awake, then how are you ever going to get those notes without driving needles under your fingernails?
Falling asleep in all your classes? Then it might not be a matter of dropping the class but simply getting enough sleep.
The material is both unexciting and not useful
If it’s one of the two, if you can see the real world application of a course you’re taking or if you actually think it’s really interesting what you’re learning, then sure keep going. But if it’s neither exciting nor useful, then it might well be time to go in another direction.
I mean, you’re paying enough for your university that you really don’t want to just coast along learning things that aren’t actually interesting and won’t help you later in life. Better to learn some actual skills that will end up serving you well.
So, if you’ve got a course like this, then consider what other options there are and if you can transfer into something which will be more interesting – yes even if it is a little harder. After all, the best things in life are often harder, but all the more satisfying for that.
Ultimately, it’s up to you whether you want to finish a course or not. Some classes interest us for some bizarre reason that we can’t fathom. Others that should be interesting end up being so boring you would rather sit on a tac then attend. Life’s weird that way.
The trick is to rely on your gut. If it feels right, if you’re sure you can do this, then go with it. If it doesn’t feel right at all despite the fact that it should be, don’t be afraid to bail and try something new.
After all, it’s your time and your spell at university. People might try to tell you how to live, be and what to go for, but they can’t change that. And the worst thing you can do is let other people dictate the way you should live, because when you do that you’ll often end up living their life instead of your own.
And what’s the point in that?