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Have I Chosen the Right Courses


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.

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5 Responses to “Have I Chosen the Right Courses”

  1. Aria says:

    I disagree with “does the course seem too difficult?” For some of us – the first two weeks of any course are the worst because we see that scary ol’ syllabus and start worrying – and we haven’t had a chance to learn the professor’s style regarding tests and papers yet…

    Now yes – if its extremely difficult – but if I’d used that rule I would have dropped out of almost every class, and I wouldn’t have a Bachelor’s degree, a Masters degree and be starting work on a second Master’s degree now!

  2. Carl Hickson says:

    Good point Aria, however I feel it depends on the teacher.

    Whereas some teachers will just shock you with the quantity of work, giving you copies of the syllabus etc. Some teachers do the opposite, easing you into things nicely, giving you bits of the syllabus at a time.

    I think “Does the course seem too difficult?” does still stand, however; only in some contexts. If the teacher is easing you into it, like I have experienced in the past, and things will in fact get harder, then maybe it is right to drop the class.

    I suppose this would only apply at pre-university levels however; because once you’re into university, I would presume that it’s all pressure from day one. This is something you could perhaps enlighten me on a little more, as I have no experience with universities (yet…)

    Thanks for the comment.

  3. Kit says:

    Having taken my time to really settle into college, I have had a good amount of experience dropping, adding, swapping, withdrawing, etc my classes. The biggest thing is that you have to make yourself aware of the possibility of you leaving the class. Most people are fixed in the mindset that their course schedule is set in stone and can’t be changed. Better late than never to adapt your learning environment to fit you better, but it’s best to do it as soon as you can act on it. If you let yourself be aware of it from the start, you can more readily judge the class and sense if it isn’t going to work for you. It may be just the teacher you need to change, so switch into a course with a different teacher. It may be the time of day, or frequency of the class, and you can look for a better fit for your schedule. You may have to meet with an academic adviser to help you weed through courses to find one that fits your needs. An adviser can help you plot long term when you could plan to take certain courses to make everything fit your needs. For example, if there is a class that you need to take that is only offered in the evening, and you are a morning person, if you look into future semesters you may find that class offered with earlier times, and you could plan accordingly. An adviser can help you with that kind of stuff.

    An example of my own now in judging classes to be a bad fit:
    On the first day of a math class, the teacher said he made his class different from the other math teachers. He didn’t use the text book and he didn’t allow calculators. Now, for me, I know that math is difficult enough WITH a calculator, so I knew that this class would be unnecessary stress. I literally left that first class within the first 15 minutes. Be strong, don’t worry what other people will think, just follow your gut.

  4. I think any unknown may seem too difficult at thу first sight. but within time it gets easire and interesting

  5. I had problems with choosing my courses. And I was never sure if I had made the right choice. Thanks for this article, it’s very useful and helps make one’s mind.