Post # 1
I’ve always considered myself pretty innovative and able to figure things out, so I thought taking an online programming class wouldn’t be too bad to beef up my technological skillset. But after we got past the basics–the first three chapters–I’ve just been sliding far and fast from a grade I want.
The actual programming submissions are sent through an online homework system, and if you even have one character off it won’t recognize your answer as correct. I’ve never had to drop a class before (and this is my last semester), but I just feel like I’m wasting hours and hours picking apart my own code to find one mistake when I don’t even need this class and other things demand my attention.
Maybe I’m just looking for reassurance that dropping a class isn’t the end of the world, but I just feel so depressed about it.
Post # 3
It’s not the end of the world 😉 It can be the most strategic decision sometimes. I dropped many classes because life got in the way and got my PhD last year. Don’t beat yourself up!
Post # 4
@misskittenn: Wow, that’s rough (and a BS way to teach programming because there can be many ways to get to the same answer). If your program doesn’t compile, can you just put the part that doesn’t compile into a comment so that your professor can see your work? That’s what I did when I found out that we got zero credit for programs that didn’t compile.
ETA: I’ve dropped classes before and I’d like to think that I turned out fine.
Post # 5
There’s no shame in dropping a class! Those online submission things are awful. A chemistry class my freshman year used one and everyone’s homework grades were super low because it only allowed 4 or 5 submissions, even if it’s a formatting error just like you said.
I go to a tech school and actually knew a lot of people who would register for 17 or 18 credits with the intention of dropping a class. They’d just drop whichever seemed to be the most difficult (or in a few cases, because of a bad professor) as long as it didn’t interfere with their progress.
If you don’t need the class to graduate, just save yourself the stress and drop it!
Post # 6
Thank-you all for your reassurance. I’m going to my advisor today to see what the proper procedure is to drop this class.
Post # 7
@misskittenn: not the end of the world!!
Post # 8
I have 3 college degrees and I will admitt to not only dropping multiple classes but failing a couple.
It can be difficult sometimes to stay on top of work for a class that is uninteresting to you especially with other classes and life in the way. I had one professor that I dropped every class I took with her, yet for some reason I kept siging up for classes with her. This was a mixture of her being a push over so in the back of my mind I knew that I could put her work off for other stuff until it got so piled up I was overwhelmed and the fact that she was a VERY boring teacher and didn’t count attendence, this made me skip a lot of her classes.
Online classes can be very challenging being that there are fewer visual aids and less communication between the student and the teacher. I communicate better than most face to face while I lack in doing the same through emails/phone/etc. Plus with online courses it’s always on you to make sure your on point.
Don’t feel bad. There are other classes. My FI “graduated” in the usual May but still had to take 2 summer classes in order to receive their deploma.
You’ll be just fine, you always have time. I was 29 when I finally finished my third degree and if I needed more schooling, I wouldn’t hesitate much going back.