February 16th, 2009 admin
What’s that? Grandma and Grandpa invited you to go skiing in the Alps? (I wish!!!) Well you don’t have to turn down the opportunity of a lifetime, but you also don’t want to kill your grades. Here’s how to prep for minimal grade drooping if you know you’re going to miss a few days.
Check the Syllabus
No matter how great the opportunity, you don’t want to skip class if there’s a midterm. Trust me on this one! Professors aren’t going to move the test so you can hit the slopes. So start by checking the syllabus for tests, papers that might be due, or other important deadlines.
Get a Study Buddy
It’s always a good idea to try to make at least one friend in each class. Besides having someone to pass notes to when the lectures get boring, you’ll also have someone to:
- Swap notes with, or borrow notes from if (*cough*) one of you misses class,
- Turn in your paper if you’re sick or (*ahem* ) out of town on the due date,
- Study with, especially if you’re having a hard time with homework or some other concept you may have missed… for some reason
Get Your Work Done Ahead of Time
I think this is pretty self-explanatory, but you won’t want to be doing homework or writing an essay on time off, so get as much done beforehand as you can (especially if you need the aforementioned study buddy to turn it in for you.)
Talk to the Prof (if You Need to)
Your vacation plans may or may not matter to your teachers going to depend on the individual. But if you’re very concerned about a certain course you’re going to be missing, you can always explain the situation and see if they can help you out.
The kind (and generous… and rare!) professor may be willing to let you catch up a bit during office hours, or suggest you attend the course on a different day if he or she has duplicate classes.
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