I was never a fan of taking a skip day or skipping classes in college. Unlike high school, you miss a day in college, and I feel like I’m millions of years behind. Missing a math class was hell because we seemed to learn important things every day! College is unique though, because some classes you may never even need to attend, while other classes you have to go to every day like clockwork.
This post is a little different because I’m going to show you how you can skip classes in college and still pass with flying colors, (aka you never have to attend). And how to survive classes with strict attendance policies.
When To Skip Classes
Can You Access The Material Online?
Does your professor put all quizzes and tests online or even just the class notes and PowerPoint slides? If so, you have a good chance of being able to skip classes as often as you like. My roommate last year had a class with no attendance policy, who also always put the class notes online. She practically never had to attend except to take tests and quizzes every so often. If you have the opportunity to do this, and you feel comfortable enough to, go for it!
Does It Have A Loose Attendance Policy?
Does your class require you to be there every day? Usually, in your class’s syllabus, it’ll tell you about the attendance policy and how often you need to attend class, whether it’s every day, or it allows you to skip every once in awhile.
If you want to know more about to take advantage of your syllabus, check out my post How To Effectively Use Your College Syllabus
Think About The Schedule
What class material are you learning that week? If you’re learning advanced calculus every single day that week, you might want to reconsider skipping. Some classes I know I can miss with ease, but others, if I miss one day my world might as well have ended. If you know you aren’t discussing anything important, it’s probably okay if you miss a day or two.
Do You Have Assignments or Tests Due?
If you have a huge test in that class and it’s not online, I would suggest probably attending. Some professors are really strict on test dates, and even if you have an valid excuse, they still might not allow you to take it, meaning you miss out on all those points. Do what you have to do to get there and take those tests!
Have a nasty cold? Depending on how you’re feeling, don’t go to class if you’re seriously ill. As important as it is to go to class, infecting everyone else isn’t cool either. Professors are usually lenient with sick days as long as you let them know before class that you aren’t going to attend. Just make sure you’re communicating them.
If You Aren’t Attending Class
Check The Attendance Policy
Always check the attendance policy for your class before you decide to go on a skipping spree! My classes are very attendance heavy so if my professors don’t see me in class, more than likely I’m sick in bed or have an emergency. My classes last semester I could only miss three days before my letter grade dropped down. I had some classes where I’d lose seven points each day I missed. Before you miss a day, make sure you’re aware of these rules! Some professors let you have excused absences or school related absences which is great if you’re involved in sports or other activities outside of class.
Get The Notes From Someone
If you know you’re going to be absent, make sure you have someone in class to get notes from or someone you can ask questions. Last semester I had to miss several days of classes due to a funeral. I made sure to text a few people to make sure I could rely on their notes and to catch me up on what I missed. They were all super helpful and even sent me the assignments I missed out on.
Email Your Professors
If your professors have a strict attendance policy and you know you have to miss class, always make sure to email them beforehand and let them know why you aren’t going to be there. I know that my professors respected me a lot more because I was letting them know why I wasn’t going to be there, and they knew I was a reliable student. Last semester I had to attend a funeral so I emailed my professor telling him I wouldn’t be attending his class.
Here is what that email looked like:
“Hi Professor Kendall,
This morning I learned of an unexpected death of a close family member and may not be able to make it to class on Wednesday of this week, for I was asked to attend the funeral. Can you let me know of any work I’ll miss and what I need to do to make it up?
Thank you for understanding,
I made sure that the email was quick and to the point, while also asking about what I would need to make up and when I could do it. Showing initiative is a great way to earn your professor’s respect because it shows you do want to make up the work and that you aren’t just missing class for no reason.
If you want to know more about how to email your professors the right way, read my post How To Send Professional Emails To Your Professors.
Check Your Grade
As much as you may hate looking at your grades all the time, it’s important to be aware of where you are in the class, and if one absence is going to make or break you. If you’re behind, you might want to consider if skipping class is a good idea. However, if you think you’re doing well, one day might not be so bad.
Turn In All Assignments Prior
If you’re aware you’re going to be absent on a particular day, turn in your work as early as you can. Most professors have mailboxes you can turn your work into, or slipping it under their office door is usually acceptable as well. You could also see if they accept emailed assignments too, or if you can, hand the assignment in early during the class prior to your absence if you can help it.
What are some tips you have for missing college classes? Leave a comment below!