What to do if You Have to Miss Class
Few people, if any, go through their college career without having to miss a class or two along the way. Illness arise, emergencies pop up, perhaps the appeal to stay in bed is simply too great, but whatever the reason, whether legitimate or not, missing out on classes in college is not something that a person should take lightly.
Skipping out or being forced to miss college courses can cause a student to fall behind in the class, fail to turn in an assignment or project, miss important information like test schedules, or miss tests themselves. And even if the class has nothing more than a lecture from the professor, the student who misses the class will have missed out on the importation information delivered through the lecture.
But, as stated earlier, sometimes missing a class in college is simply a hazard of the road through academics. Knowing how best to handle missing out on a class will help the student to not suffer as great consequences and will allow them to remain on track to succeed in the class.
The first thing that a student who has missed a class can do is check the course syllabus for information about missed classes. Often the syllabus of a course will have instructions about what the teacher’s policy is on late work, making up assignments, and if tests can be re-taken.
When missing a day of class, it is important for a student to understand that most teachers do not like it when students miss their class for whatever reason. They have gone through the great effort of providing a meaningful class time of instruction so when the student simply chooses to not show up, many college-level professors are personally insulted.
Because of this a student who has missed a class, and especially a student who has missed more than one class, should tread lightly when asking the professor for opportunities to make up for missed work or assignments. For this reason, checking the syllabus first before going to talk with the teacher about the missed work will greatly benefit both the student and the instructor.
Sending the teacher an email if the student knows they will be missing a class in the future will also serve to help both the college business student and the teacher. At CollegeAmerica we understand that other circumstances arise that can cause a student to miss their classes from time to time, however, if a student knows how to handle missing a class, the entire experience will run smoother.
Megan Wickes is a graduate of the Master in Business Administration (MBA) program. She currently works for CollegeAmerica, managing its online presence. In addition to her love of marketing, Megan enjoys wakeboarding, boating, and spending time with her husband and new baby boy.