It’s important to know why there is need to withdraw from a class or a subject since it is an essential decision about career one makes. Students withdraw due to several reasons, but the most valid reason is to know if a particular subject is suitable to your interest or career. If you start disliking any class or subject in the initial weeks of your course, you are not too late to withdraw from it.
Students usually decide to withdraw when they start feeling uncomfortable or hardship with the subject. It’s always better to send a withdrawal letter instead of stop attending the classes.
You should or shouldn’t drop a subject or class?
If there are valid reasons to leave a subject, there are definitely some issues that are actually not valid and just a perception of mind forcing you to leave the subject. You might not have developed your interest yet or you like being home comfortably, such situations may lead you to make a wrong decision. Therefore, you must consider carefully before you think of submitting a withdrawal letter.
Taking it as a serious matter, you must know the following strong reasons for leaving a subject or class.
- You are not capable to handle the workload and planning to cover a particular subject later.
- Your schedule of the classes is too hectic and unmanageable.
- A particular class is not relevant to your degree.
- You finally get to know that it is not suitable for your career and you went for it by mistake.
- You are unable to bear the expenses for all classes at the moment.
- You can’t cover your syllabus as you are far behind in it.
The Process of Withdrawal
The withdrawal process from a subject is not that hard generally. Sometimes, you just have to simply remove the subject from online system or you are supposed to write a formal letter to your coordinator or the concerned department. The procedure will usually vary between universities and schools. Below are some sample request letters to help you.
Request Letters to Drop a Subject/Class
Formal letter to principal for dropping a subject
(NAME OF THE SCHOOL/COLLEGE)
Sub: Application to drop a subject
With humble submission of this letter, I want to withdraw from [SUBJECT] that I chose as an
optional subject. At the time of joining, I wanted to enhance my knowledge however I feel it very difficult to cope with all subjects at a time. I am unable to manage even fundamentals of my course due to this pressure therefore, I have decided to drop this subject for now and concentrate only on main subjects.
I request you to kindly approve this application for the discontinuance of [SUBJECT] class. This will really help me to concentrate on other classes that are more suitable for me at this time.
Formal Letter to the Principal for discontinuing a class due to change of interests
(NAME OF THE SCHOOL/COLLEGE)
Sub: Application to discontinue a class for changing interest
I have been attending [SUBJECT] classes since [MONTH, YEAR] as an optional subject to
enhance my skills. However, the classes have been proving to be the best for the ones who are interested but I find that I am losing my interest. I am unable to keep up with the class while it is on and prof. [NAME] remarks also made me realize that I should not continue anymore since I am not performing well.
I request you grant me your approval for discounting the classes so that I can come across other options that are more suitable to my choice and preferences.
I look forward to your positive response.
Before the submission of the letter, you may have still have doubt whether you should really drop the subject or class. Below are some questions that you must ask yourself before taking the final decision.
- Will dropping the subject affect your degree, How?
- Are you leaving a subject that is important for your learning?
- Is it going to be an advantage or a disadvantage of your college/school experience?
- Do you have to cover the subject later in your course i.e. is it mandatory?
- Is the subject related to any other main subject of your course?
Once you have got answers to those questions, you are definitely going to take the right decision.