Didn’t do so hot in that one class?
Retaking a class can be time consuming—but can be exactly
what needs to happen to keep your college studies on track.
But that’s not always the case. Sometimes retaking a class
holds you back from advancing in your degree.
So, should you retake that class? Get ready to take that
class again if:
You Need To Meet
Did you receive a failing grade in a course that’s required
or a prerequisite for other classes in your degree? You can’t advance to the
next course until you earn a passing grade. In this case, retaking that class
is a must.
It’s also a good idea to retake that class if the course is
a foundation for upper-level courses in your degree and you don’t feel
confident on the course material.
You Want To Boost
Does retaking the class significantly change your GPA for
NAU and Arizona community colleges have a grade replacement
policy. That means if you retake the class, your GPA will reflect the higher grade earned in the class. Do note that both grades will show on your transcript. Talk to your NAU advisor to see if retaking the class will impact your GPA.
You Get What Retaking
That Class Really Means
Taking a three-credit course twice only registers as three
credits—not six credits—if you retake the class.
So if you plan to retake the class, plan to make some
changes. Did other commitments get in the way last semester? Were you not so
committed to your study habits? Can you retake the class with another
professor? Make these changes so that you change the results of your grade the
second time around.
So, When Should I
Retake That Class?
If the class is required or a pre-requisite, it’s best to
retake that class as soon as possible.
For other classes, consider enrolling once you have a plan
for a better outcome. Simply repeating bad habits from last semester probably
won’t produce improved results.
Ready to retake that class now? It’s not too late to enroll
for summer classes at Northern Arizona University.
Too soon? You can always retake the class in the fall or
Not sure what to do? Discuss your options with your NAU advisor