As we enter the new term, the amount of time we have to change our options if we don’t like them is quickly dwindling away. Here are a few questions to ask yourself to identify whether the course is right for you. A lot of the questions are from the personal experience of trying to decide whether I had chosen the right courses last week!
Does the course seem too difficult?
If it does now, things aren’t going to get any better. The first couple of weeks are generally relatively light compared to what is about to come.
Does the lecturer/teacher seem boring or difficult to understand?
It shouldn’t do, but a boring teacher really can destroy any enjoyment of the subject. If this is the case, then maybe the course isn’t for you. Much like above, things aren’t going to get any better.
Does the content interest you?
Although not a deal-breaker, it is much easier to learn when you are passionate about what it is you are learning about. It is possible to learn without being passionate about what you are learning, it just becomes more difficult.
Is the teaching/learning style appropriate for me?
It’s a known fact that we all learn in different ways. The various learning types, Kinesthetic, Audial and Visual being a simple way of looking at this fact. It is worth considering whether the teaching style complements your learning style, as it can be difficult to learn if it doesn’t.
Are you sat in one lesson, wishing that you took another?
Although this is a mind-blowingly obvious point, if you can’t stop thinking about how much you wish you had taken the other subject, your concentration levels fall and you learn less and less every lesson.
Making the decision…
It’s not an easy decision to make, I will acknowledge that. Make sure you consider the pro’s and con’s, and don’t carry on with a course if you don’t think it is right for you. It will have a likely impact on your performance in the subject. I know I probably ended up three grades higher in one subject by switching last year.
What experience have you had with dropping and changes courses after the academic year has started, share them below in the comments section.