By Caitlin Duke
The end of the year is creeping up on Amarillo College students. This means some may have considered withdrawing from classes.
According to the Withdraw Limitation Policy SB-1231, students may not withdraw from more than six courses during their academic career. Instructors and advisors say there are a few things to consider before withdrawing from classes.
Finals are approaching and some students considered withdrawing and receiving a ‘W’ on their transcript rather than failing a class and receiving a ‘F.’
“I normally regret dropping out of classes because I feel like in the end I could’ve still passed the class,” said Yousif Fauzi, a networking major.
Some students cite fear of failing a class or not having time for a class as reasons for withdrawing. But students and instructors say there are a few things can be done before a new semester even starts to prevent withdrawing from classes. These can include things like evaluating work schedule, school load and the student themselves.
“I could’ve prevented dropping a class by just not having one at 7:30 in the morning,” said Ian Cox, a computer information systems major.
Sometimes students will withdraw from a class because they are overwhelmed with the all they have to do throughout the day. To prevent this it is advisers say to create a schedule that includes the amount of time to study on each course, a work schedule and a decent sleep pattern. If a student is not a morning person, it is not advised to have a 7:30 a.m. class.
Students are also advised to evaluate if they really want to take a class online instead of at a campus. Although online classes can be convenient for some, they may not be a good idea for every student because it is just not a productive learning environment for them. Alternatives are forming study groups with other students for the course, or taking a hybrid class.
“I could’ve taken A&P in class instead of online” said Katie Cox, a general studies major.
Advisers also said students should stop skipping class. Students said they are guilty of skipping due to the fact that sometimes there is not a whole lot of accountability from anyone but themselves. But advisers said skipping classes can be harmful due to missing crucial information on a test, pop quizzes, or homework. If a student is considering withdrawing from a class due to being behind on assignments, they can first consult with their professor or advisor.
Withdrawing from classes may not always be a bad idea if the student is without a doubt going to fail a class, but there are many things to consider, including that withdrawing from classes can cost money and delay graduation.