Community College Courses Can Suck. Period.

by A Guest Author

Community College Courses Causing StressPlenty of people go into community college thinking that it will be easy, more like and extension of high school (13th grade?) than a tough university setting.

Unfortunately, these people are generally proven when met with the quality of community college courses that is exactly what they might find at a four-year institution.

Of course, that doesn't necessarily mean that students can't find plenty of great community college classes that will seem easy simply because they cover interesting topics and they are taught by professors that engage and entertain the class.

But there are bound to be a few courses in every community college student's life that are terrible in one way or another.

Perhaps they pertain to a subject that you struggle with or that you outright hate, or maybe you'll end up with a professor that seems hell-bent on singling you out for torture.

While the first type of class will be a breeze, the second could make you question your devotion to a community college education.

So how can you get through these terrible courses?

Making the Best of Terrible Courses in Community College

There are a few options for the student that would rather risk failing than attend a terrible community college course.

For starters, you need to consider why you hate it so much.

Is it because you're struggling to understand the material? or have you not been keeping up with the work?

In this case you should definitely talk to the professor (keeping in mind that most professors at 2 year community colleges are happy to help you).

Perhaps you can get additional help after class, set up study sessions with other students, or even engaged the services of an on-campus tutor (perhaps an older student) to help you grasp the coursework.

You might even want to go for testing to see if a learning disability could be to blame.

Getting help is the key to turning a tough class into an area you excel in.

And yes, this still works for community college online classes.

But what if it's the professor that's driving you CRAZY?

Whether you're stuck with a droll instructor a la Ben Stein (Bueller? Bueller?) that lulls you to sleep or you seem to have gotten the professor from hell (one that starts the class with a statement like, "Nobody gets an A in my class!"), you might be having a difficult time figuring out how you're going to survive the semester under the tutelage of your very own Professor Umbridge (for non-Potter fans, she's a real witch, both literally and figuratively).

There are a couple of steps you can take here, and this situation will actually provide good practice for the working world (and the bad bosses you'll likely encounter).

The first step is to talk to your professor about the issue you're having.

If this elicits no change you can speak to the administration (run it up the chain of command).

Finally, you may simply choose to drop out and take that specific community college course with another professor (or take a different class that will fill the credit requirement).

However, this should be saved as a last resort, if and only if you see no other form of resolution (and that includes simply sticking it out).

It's Part of Being In College!

Every student will have courses during their time in community college that are tough, right along with those that are fun or easy.

Not everyone can master every subject, and you are bound to have your own areas of strength and weakness.

And there will be times when you simply can't stand your professor.

But whether community college will complete your education, you plan to go to community college then transfer to university, or you're looking at an online bachelors in business administration, you will have to deal with your professors and complete your coursework in order to graduate.

So be prepared to muscle your way through some tough courses in order to reach your goals and perhaps transfer to Ivy League.

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Sarah October 23, 2012 at 9:46 pm

This article is informative, interesting and descriptive with the many different ways the writer presents points of view that differ from the norm. Thank you.


Chad Agrawal October 23, 2012 at 11:58 pm

Thanks for leaving a comment Sarah!


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