It can be difficult to know exactly what a subject entails before you start studying it. For this reason, it is fairly common for students to get a few weeks into a subject and realise they don’t want to continue studying it. Whether or not you should drop a subject is a difficult decision to make, so we’re here to give you a few tips.
First things first – why do you want to drop a subject? Is it because you aren’t enjoying it? Or because the work load is too high? Or maybe you are finding the subject difficult and you feel like you are falling behind? Whatever the reason, the first step is to identify it. Not all of these reasons necessarily mean you need to drop a subject – some can easily be fixed.
The next question you need to ask yourself is which subject are you wanting to drop? If you already have a subject in mind, you will probably find the rest of this process a bit more straightforward.
If you are considering dropping a subject because you a struggling with your workload, but aren’t sure which one to let go, you will need to identify it. A conversation with your family or teachers will be helpful here.
An important part in this process is considering the reasons for KEEPING a subject. If you already know which university course you are interested in studying, you may be aware of some prerequisite subjects you need to complete in order to be accepted into the course.
Another reason you might want to keep a subject is that you might miss it if you dropped it. Take the time to consider what you will be getting out of a subject. All subjects are unique in their own way and will allow you to develop certain skills. For example, a subject that allows you to work on a major project over the course of a year is a great way to develop time management skills and you will feel proud at the end when you can see what you have achieved. It can be beneficial to study a variety of subjects throughout your final years of school so that you can develop a broad range of skills – independent projects, essay-writing, practical assessments, etc.
If you are considering letting a subject go and still feel indecisive after reading this article, we suggest organising a meeting with your teacher or a career advisor if there is one available at your school. They will be able to guide you and help you understand all of the pros and cons of different subjects.