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You may add or drop courses or change grading options after registration by using Add/Drop Forms available from your advisor or the College Registrar. Your advisor must sign the form.

You may not add a course after the first week of classes.

If dropping a course reduces your total course load below minimum full-time status (12 s.h.), your financial aid may be affected.

You may drop a course at any time up through the eighth week of a two-term course, or the third week of a one-term course.

If you drop a course after the first week, but before the end of the drop period, your work will be designated “Withdrawn Passing” or “Withdrawn Failing” on your grade record. This grade will not affect grade point average.

If you drop a course after the end of the drop period, you will receive a grade of F or NC (no credit), and this may affect grade point average. For more complete information about the add/drop procedure, please refer to the College Catalog.


Find out what kind of exam will be given: Comprehensive, or limited in focus?

  • If limited, what material will be included?
  • What format? Single essay, several essays, multiple choice, other short answers?
  • Open book, closed book? Open notes, closed notes?
  • May you use a dictionary? A calculator?
  • Should you take the exam in a blue book? Bring writing paper?
  • Should you write in ink or pencil?
  • What will happen if you don’t finish the exam?

When will the exam be given? In-class, in scheduled exam period, take-home?

Is there any assigned preparation? Study or review sessions? Study questions or materials?

What is your current standing in the class? What percentage of your final grade does the exam represent? What exam grade do you need to earn the course grade you want?

What is your preferred learning style? How can you use that style in your preparation? Make charts or lists? Study aloud? Do you need help in adapting course materials to your style?

Have your prior preparations for tests been successful? If not, evaluate!

Review syllabus, tests, quizzes handouts, class notes, and textbook for clues as to what the professor thinks is valuable.

Predict topics the professor will emphasize on the exam. Hint: if you spent several class sessions on a topic, it will probably be on the exam!

Make a study sheet for each topic. Review and consolidate notes, tests, handouts, and the textbook. If you expect an essay exam, devise appropriate questions and briefly outline the points you will make in your answers. For short answers, make flash cards or lists.

Review your papers and tests and correct errors in information or format.

Consult T.A.’s, successful former students, and student assistants for clues as to what and how to study. Ask your professor for help, too, especially if you don’t fully understand former errors or don’t know what to study.

Form a study group to discuss essay questions, review flash cards, correct errors on former tests, clarify topics of confusion, make flash cards.

Get enough sleep before the exam, so your brain works. Eat a meal prior to the exam so you don’t run out of steam. Take a soft drink and inconspicuous (not noisy or smelly) food. Leave books and papers in your room or outside the exam room.