Welcome to the start of Fall Semester 2015!  Your final decisions during this first week about the courses you will take can either support or sabotage your entire semester. Metro students repeatedly identify certain factors that are significant in passing their classes.

Please see some important reminders below about course selection and tuition payment information. Using the suggestions below, decide if you have chosen your semester courses wisely and if you have prepared yourself to do your best work.

Here is advice from experienced Metro students on what is important to do the first week of class:

"Make sure you add or drop courses or change your schedule before the DROP deadline."

The drop/add deadline is the end of the first week of classes. August 30 is the deadline for many classes in fall 2015.  However, the exact drop date for each course is in the course description on E-services. If you decide to drop or change a course, you must do so through E-services.  Changes to or from S/N grading must also be made by the drop deadline. Dropping a class by the DROP deadline gives you a refund and removes the course from your academic record. 

"For me the most important thing is to schedule enough study time every day and every week!"

Students often underestimate study time needed outside of class. Successful students know they need to be realistic about how much study is required.  Plan on a minimum of 8 - 12 hours of study outside of class per week for a 4 credit class, and 6 - 8 hours of study each week for a 3 credit class.  Challenges posed by different types of courses and your obligations outside school will also impact study time. To succeed in all your classes, you need to commit to the study time needed every week.

"This is common sense, but you need to attend the first class, read the syllabus, and ask questions."

Attending classes the first week helps you understand faculty expectations and weekly work load; be aware - some classes require attendance at the first class.  Read the course syllabus and ask your instructor questions. Use a calendar to plan a semester timeline for all your class quizzes, exams, papers, and major projects.  Then analyze your timeline. Will you have enough time during the semester to prepare for all your assignments, quizzes, papers, and final exams?

"I always check the course descriptions and make sure I've taken the correct prerequisites."

Many courses have prerequisite courses that must be completed first.  Be sure to click into the course title on E-Services to check for course prerequisites and course descriptions.  If you have not completed required prerequisites, you will lack the knowledge needed to be successful in the course, and the instructor may even drop you from the course.  Be sure you are academically prepared for your courses and following the correct course sequence.

"Don't ever assume you will be dropped from a class if you don't attend."

Students who do not attend class in their first and second week, may be dropped for non-attendance.  However, there is no guarantee that you will be dropped. Always check with your instructor and check your E-services schedule.  Students are ultimately the one responsible for dropping any courses they don't attend.

"It's important to contact Gateway to find out if class changes will affect your financial aid."

If you receive Financial Aid and have questions about the impact of registration changes on your aid, check with Gateway Student Services.

"You should always consult with your academic advisor before dropping or adding a class."

Making a change in your registration can impact your whole degree plan and time to graduation.   Your advisor can help you make choices that will contribute to your success, and tell you if there are negative or unintended consequences for changing your class schedule.

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