Student Success Strategy #57: Drop/Swap/Add

Help!  I hate the class I just attended.  I don’t want to take it, but I need something to fill in the hours to keep my scholarship.

Yes, you can drop classes.  If you find you are in a class you either don’t need or don’t want, you can replace it with one that’s better for you – at least in the first few days.  Schools have specific mechanisms for swapping out classes, or dropping and adding classes, but there are hard deadlines on adding to your schedule so you don’t miss too much of the semester.

When you add a class after the first class period, be sure you go to the next class early or plan to stay late to discuss the class syllabus with the professor.  The professor should have a copy for you, and should briefly go over the major points.

This is a wonderful opportunity to let the professor know that you are looking forward to the semester with her, and intend to be a great student.  It’s never too early (or too late) to make a good impression, and staying after class to be sure you have all the information you need gives you the excuse to plan your introduction for creating your recognition from among all the students.

Of course, you can do this even if you started the class on the first day.  Ask to go over the syllabus again after the second class, and have a question or two ready.  This plan gives you the chance to present yourself as a serious student and keeps you in the professor’s thoughts.

Student Success Strategy #57:  Drop/Swap/Add.  Remember that adding classes can only occur in the first few days.  Don’t miss deadlines!

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