MIT: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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The First Year at MIT

Academics: Mid-Term Assessment

MIT's pace and rigor intensifies as the term progresses. Mid-semester is a time for assessment and reflection on what is going well and what can be improved. This is also a time when student stress levels peak and adjustment issues become more apparent.

If you are struggling in one or more classes, you need to examine your course load and determine if you can successfully complete the semester. Seeking academic resources might help you get what you need to improve your performance. However, if after accessing tutoring options you still have not turned around your performance in a subject, you should consider the option dropping it. Drop Date is late in the term, allowing you to make an honest assessment of your academic performance.

How should you decide whether or not to drop?

As you contemplate whether or not to drop a subject, you need to look at the big picture of your performance. Here are some self-assessment questions to help you think through your decision: