5 signs you should drop a class

As the semester presses on, many students find themselves considering whether or not to remain in their current classes. If you’re one of those students, and are having trouble deciding if it’s a good idea to drop a class, here are a few signs it might be the right decision:

1. You’ve changed your major

If you recently changed your academic track, chances are your required courses have changed as well. If you’re still in a class for your previous major—and if that class doesn’t transfer to your new major or isn’t a general requirement—then it makes sense to cut it out of your schedule. There’s no sense in taking classes you don’t need to graduate.

2. The class is too advanced

After a week or so it might dawn on you that the material being covered in your class is a bit too far over your head. If you think this is the case, it would be wise to consult your professor to get their opinion. If there is a less advanced course that can prepare you for the more advanced one, taking the simpler course first might be the right move for you.

3. Your course load is too large

Many of us decide to overload courses to get as much college credit in as little time as possible. Although this seems like a smart idea, the additional work can be incredibly overwhelming and lead to lower grades. If you feel that your workload is too great—and it is academically feasible to take one less course—it might be a good decision to drop a class. This could also increase your performance on your other courses and reduce your stress levels.

4. Something personal came up

Whether you have an issue with the class or an issue at home, dropping a class may be the only way to find the time you need to handle it. But remember it’s important to talk to parents, friends, and advisors about these issues before you decide to drop a class. Talking it out first is a good way to figure out if dropping a class is really the right option for you.

5. The textbook is too expensive

Hold it right there! This is something we can help you with. Instead of dropping the class all together because the books cost more money than you have, trying buying used or renting your books from ValoreBooks, where you can save up to 90% off list price!


The point here: regardless of the how many of these signs apply to you, be sure to consult your academic advisor before making the final call to drop your class. Your advisor can give you individualized advice that will help you greatly in the decision-making process. Also, don’t forget that if you bought your books with ValoreBooks and have decided to drop a class you have 30 days to return them for a full refund. No regrets!

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