Should you drop my class?

Every semester, I go through a very predictable song and dance routine in my class. The first exam happens, then I receive a stack of panicked email asking:

“Should I drop your class?” [w/ feeling!]

This is a near-impossible question for me to answer because the decision lies in whether or not you are willing to do the hard work of turning things around. Typically, people asking me this question haven’t attended office hours so I have no idea what type of student they are.

What follows are a smattering of observations on the topic.

All that to say: You tell me—should you drop my class?