Did anyone every miss a college class? Lab?

posted 3 years ago in College
Post # 3
10384 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Missing a class isn’t such a big deal if you have supportive friends who take good notes and will help you out. Missing a lab is a much bigger deal, since it’s hands on, requires a lot of teacher prep, etc (my job in college was prepping the setups for chem labs – it’s a TON of work!). But, it sounds like it isn’t a habit and it won’t happen again, so I wouldn’t beat yourself up about it!

Post # 4
1116 posts
Bumble bee

@ccantics:  you’ll be okay, make sure you get with someone for missed notes. If you missed a quiz, see if you can get with a classmate to go over the quiz so you are prepared for the midterm. I missed a lab this summer, but i just went over the syllabus to see what I missed so I could study. 

Post # 5
39 posts

Its not a big deal. Just make sure you don’t miss another one. The labs are there to reinforce what you learn in class which is probably why they have that 3 strike rule. Don’t stress over it. It happens. Depending on the situation I would contact the professor via email or visit during office hours apologize for missing the lab and ask them what was covered so when test time comes your prepared. I also suggest you use a calendar. My gmail calendar was a lifesave in undergrad, gradschool, and even now. Link it to your phone create different calendars for each class, your personal life, wedding stuff, work stuff and then create reminders for events like class, tests, and meetings. Hope that helps.

Post # 6
46 posts
  • Wedding: December 2012

You’ll be fine. Its just one class. Most of the classes I took you could miss one without penalty. My senoir year I had to take this 8am class that didn’t have a strict attendence policy. I think I went once a week…maybe. Made a B in the class because I read the course work assigned. I was working as a waitress to get myself through school with minimal loans so getting home at 1am and having to go to class at 8am was not condusive to me being a good student. Good Luck with school, work and wedding!

Post # 7
4138 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Your first lab is generally write off anyway, intro to the lab coordinator, etc. Just make sure you go to the next lab and ask a class mate if there were notes or anything. People add classes late too and sometimes miss the first class or so. I wouldn’t worry too much about it. 

Post # 8
3084 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@ccantics:  I missed classes before and i graduated summa cum laude. I don’t think I ever missed a lab though. But I think you should be fine. 

Post # 9
1992 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Hahaha, I graduated with highest honors and probably only went to 70% of my classes. I went to a huge college where you could miss without them taking attendance. Yall are making me feel bad!

Post # 10
209 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I was just like Miss Leopard, graduated with honors and barely went to class unless it was required. Helped that a lot of mine were recorded or notes were put up online.

Post # 11
155 posts
Blushing bee

Welcome to college! I have “missed” more classes than I should say, don’t worry, just shoot your TA or Prof an email with a valid excuse like you have the flu and just focuss on the future!

Post # 12
2696 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I missed quite a few classes in undergrad and grad for a number of reasons. I graduated Summa Cum Laude (3.9) from college and With honors from Grad school (3.75). Plus I was in an Engineering program so my entire schedule was MATH courses. You will be fine even though you missed a class!!!


Post # 13
8498 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

Ha…I did a lot when I was an undergrad, depending on the class and their policies/procedures.  I had one that didn’t take attendance.  They had bi-weekly or weekly quizzes and I would do horrible on them.  But they weren’t worth much.  However, the tests were straight off of the quizzes so I just studied my quizzes and I got a B in the class without going to hardly any classes the second half of the semester.  It was just a random intro class, not in my field.

I missed maybe one in grad school but that is way different than undergrad intro classes.

Post # 14
5432 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014 - Ontario, Canada ♥ EDD- April 2016

A lot of the times at my school the first lab/seminar wasn’t super important because you were just meeting the TA and because people were adding and dropping courses all the time during the first few weeks, the first lab didn’t have attendance counted towards our grade (they took attendance to get a general idea of who was there, but if we missed it or accidentally went to the wrong lab, it wasn’t a big deal).




Post # 15
1056 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - Cedar Lake Cellars

You’ll be fine.  

FI used to skip classes all the time and he did great in undergrad.  I only missed one class, for a vet appointment, but he makes fun of be all the time for being a goody-two-shoes.  He definitely had more fun in undergrad and I honestly think he has a point…

Post # 16
182 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I used to teach college lab (chemistry) and missing the first session is pretty typical. A lot of students are still rearranging their schedules at that point, so if you don’t tell the instructor you forgot, they will probably never guess! 

You should try to get ahold of the lab instructor and ask what you missed, just to be safe. In chemistry we had a lot of saftey information in the first lab and we couldn’t let anyone participate in real experiments until they had gone through the training. 

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