Studying a class which you do not like is a great problem. In such a situation you will want to leave a class. But have you ever wondered how can you do that? Most people think that dropping out is the only option for leaving the class. But it is not true, as there is an extra option known as withdrawal. If you do not know much about it here we will help you to know what is withdrawing from a classroom and what to say when withdrawing from a class.
- Withdrawing a class means leaving a single class after the drop-out period is over.
- Usually, the withdrawal period starts after the dropout period is over.
- When you withdraw a class you get a W on your transcription for it.
- You must try to talk to your professor and the advisor. Make sure that you are not giving any negative comments to the professor’s class.
However, you must read till the end so that you do not miss any important information related to what to say when withdrawing from a class.
What do you mean by withdrawing from a classroom?
Withdrawing a classroom is just like dropping out of the class. There are several institutions that will give you a dropout period. In this period you can sit for the class and choose if you want to drop out of the class or switch off the classes. During this period there is no hard outcome on the transcript or other records of the students.
But have you ever wondered what if this period is over and you suddenly realise that the class you choose is not worth it? Well if this happens to you, you will have the option of withdrawing from the class. Withdrawing from the class means that you will be leaving a classroom just like dropping out but with a reciprocation on the transcription. Although you may still get confused between withdrawal and dropping out, we have discussed the difference between dropout and withdrawal.
How is dropout different from withdrawal?
Drop out means you will be getting a failing grade but you do not care for it. It means that you will be leaving college or university life properly and may go to another institution or do something else like travelling. Whereas if we talk about withdrawal, withdrawing from a class means that you will no longer sit in that particular class but will take the other classes.
The withdrawal period starts after the dropout period. In the dropout period, you will be getting a refund if you don’t like the course. On the other hand, you will not be getting any refund for the withdrawal. Also, you will not be getting any grade for dropout and a W grade for withdrawal. Further, we have discussed what will happen if you withdraw from the class.
What to say when withdrawing from a class?
Withdrawing from a class is a very big decision and you need to be in contact with the advisor. Talk to your advisor about the problem you are facing. They can ask you several questions related to the problem you are facing and the reason why you want to leave the course. After the counsellor, you will also need to be in contact with the professor of the class.
Make sure to tell them that you enjoyed the class but were unable to cope with the course due to X and Y reasons. It is important as giving a negative comment to the professor may bring their morale down. Don’t make any negative comments on the professor as it will break your image in front of them only.
What happens if you withdraw from the classroom?
When you withdraw a class you will be getting W for it indicating that you were not able to complete the course. Anyone who sees your transcription will be able to understand that you have dropped out of the course after the time allowed to you. Further getting a W will also show that you were not doing well in the class and eventually withdraw it. Although it will not affect your GPA, it will clearly seen on your transcription.
Different kinds of Withdrawals
There are generally two kinds of withdrawals-
1. Medical emergency
This is the withdrawal that you can do if you are having mental health issues. You will need to submit the required documentation to the institution. Further, if the dropping out deadline is over, you will need to withdraw from all the classes you have chosen which is not very beneficial to you. If you are really thinking of taking withdrawal due to a health issue, a better option can be asking your professors for a grade of incomplete instead of taking a medical withdrawal. In it, your professors will allow you to submit the missing work once your crises are over.
2. Regular withdraw
A reason for withdrawing except for medical reasons will come under regular withdrawal. The most common reason is that the subject you are studying is not worth it for you and you will not be able to pass the subject. However, when you withdraw from the class, it will help you save from getting a failing grade When someone checks your transcription there will be a W which shows you withdraw from the subject.
How to withdraw from a class?
Following are the things that you need to remember when you are withdrawing from a class-
1. Know your grades
Many times students will think of withdrawing from the class which has a high chance of passing. Therefore before you think of withdrawal, you must try to look at your grades and the test scores in the chosen subject. If the grades you get are close to the pass or you are easily passing the class, you must try to stay in the class. Try to put a little more effort into cutting working hours, joining a group study, etc.
2. Talk to someone
Withdrawal is a big step and you must try to talk to someone whom you trust. It can help you to understand if a withdrawal is actually needed or not. You must try to get in contact with academic advisors so that they can understand your problem and depending on it can give you a solution.
3. Try to withdraw a week before the deadline
Withdrawing after the deadline can leave you with big penalties. Therefore you must try to withdraw the week before the deadline of withdrawal. It will help you to be safe from actions that can be taken against you.
4. Talk to the professors
Your professors are not only for dressing up formally but also to help you with your problems. Professors always want you to pass their class and thus asking them can be a great help. Ask them if you have a chance to pass the class or not. Also if there is a chance then how can you do it? However, there are chances that your professor may tell you that you can not get a pass in the class. In such a case you will know whether you should or not take the withdrawal.
5. Get the related documentation
When you are going for late withdrawal or medical withdrawal you will need to give the required documentation. Some of the common documents that you will need to collect based on why you are withdrawing from the class are Doctor’s notes, letters from agencies, other documentation, etc.
6. You must officially withdraw
There are students who do not officially inform the institutions and stop coming to the classes. This will create problems like heavy fines for you. Therefore you must talk to the advisor and let them know that you are thinking of withdrawing officially. If you are unable to contact the advisor, you can officially withdraw from the student account.
7. Make a plan
Although when you withdraw from the course it does not harm your GPA, it doesn’t mean that your work is over here. As you are withdrawing from the class you must know what you need to do next in your academic. You would still want to graduate and maintain your financial aid eligibility. For it, you will need to get the right number of credits and for it, you will need to stay in the education in this or that manner.
What if you are withdrawing from all your classes?
However, till now we have been discussing what to do if you are withdrawing from one particular class. Have you ever wondered what will happen if you withdraw from all the classes? Withdrawing all the classes means that you may be leaving the institution. In such a case you will need to clear the balance that you owe to the school. If you do not pay them back on time, it affects your credit score.
Further, if you have any books or other liabilities of the institution make sure to give them back. It helps to have a clear record of you so that you can easily start your school back. Further, you must make sure that you are getting a copy of the official transcript from the school. It will help you to get into other institutions easily.
What to do after you withdraw from the institution?
Following are the things that you should do after taking a withdrawal-
- You must try to get an appeal for a grade against the W you get for the withdrawal. Obviously, you will not want a W in your transcription.
- Make sure you apply for financial aid if you want to return it or need to pay the tuition fee for the semester.
- Log in to your student account a month after the month of withdrawal and make sure that you are not signed up for any other classroom.
- If you have an incomplete task or work for a specific class, you must make sure that you complete it. Obviously, you will not want to miss a pass just because of 2-3 missing tasks. Talk to your professor and ask them about how you can complete the pending tasks.
- Once you withdraw from the class make sure that you talk to people whom you trust. You can ask for support from them and should discuss what can you do next like building different habits or doing anything else.
Withdrawal means that you are no longer a part of a particular class. It is different from dropping out as dropping out means that you are leaving the institution properly. Whereas, you can either withdraw a single or all the classes you are taking up. When you withdraw a class you get a W grade on your transcription. When you are withdrawing from a class you must make sure that you are in contact with the professor and the academic advisor as well. Try not to give any negative feedback to the professor and give a genuine reason for withdrawal from the class.
What is a good reason to withdraw from a class?
Following are the reasons why you may think of withdrawing from a course-
You may be doing poorly in the class
May find the class boring
The course was difficult for you
Was unable to attend the class because of work
Missed class for many days
You may not have a background of the course you have selected
Didn’t find the location of the class interesting
Is it better to withdraw or fail a college course?
When you fail a class you will get an F grade on your transcription and it will affect your GPA and also will not give you any credit. On the other hand, if you get a W for withdrawal on your transcription your GPA will not be affected. However, you must make sure that you are taking a withdrawal in the time period allotted for it. If you think that you are failing the class after the withdrawal period, and want to withdraw just because of it, try getting in contact with the academic advisor and ask for an incomplete. Although most of the schools only give incomplete to students who have extreme reasons, you can still give it a try. One thing that you should remember is that incomplete will also be shown in your transcript but will not affect your GPA.