Q: What if I need to change my schedule after the end of add/drop in BiONiC?
A: Very occasionally situations arise that might require a student to add or drop a class in the days immediately after the end of Registration at the start of the semester. To request permission to add or drop a class after the deadline, complete the add/drop form on the Registrar's website. The submission will be sent to your dean for review, and you will be notified of the status of your request.
Q:I need to add or drop a PE class. How do I do that?
A: To add a PE class, contact MaryAnn Schiller in the PE department. To drop, fill out the PE drop form.
Q: I've heard I can drop a fifth class up until the end of the third week in BiONiC. How does that work?
A: Actually dropping a class is simple; it's just like dropping a class during add/drop period. For most students, most of the time, taking five full-credit courses has more disadvantages than advantages. First-year students especially who are interested in taking five credits should plan to consult with their dean before the deadline has passed.
Q:How does Credit/NoCredit work and how do I sign up?
A: Credit/No Credit, also known as taking a class pass/fail, gives students the option of taking a class without having the final grade appear on their transcript or get factored into the official GPA that appears on the transcript. Students can take up to four classes Credit/No Credit during their time at Bryn Mawr, no more than one per semester. There are a lot of important details to this policy, so it's important to review carefully all the rules as posted on the Registrar's website before signing up. Deadline is 5 p.m. on the Friday of the sixth week of the semester for semester-long courses. For quarter-long classes, the deadline is 5 p.m. on the Friday of the third week of each quarter.
Q:How do I handle all this reading/assignments/stress? What help is available?
A: We are so glad you asked! First, many classes have TA sessions, Peer Led Instruction Sections, or other official help sessions. Take advantage of these. Second, your faculty are your most important resource because they know the most about what you are being asked to do. Letting them know what you're finding difficult helps them help you. Beyond this, a full listing and description of academic and whole-student supports is available on the Student Support Services webpage. Some of the most frequently used resources are the Peer Mentors, Writing Center, and Peer Tutoring.
Q:How do professor's office hours work?
A: The most common way students consult professors individually is through a professor's office hours, which are usually listed on the class syllabus. You can go to office hours to discuss something specific (a point you didn't understand in lecture or reading, an upcoming assessment or assignment, their feedback on a past assignment) or just to get to know them and let them get to know you better. Professors office hours tend to be busiest right before tests or due dates, so it can be better to go earlier. Most professors would love to see students more in office hours!
Q: I have class (or work) during my professor's office hours. What should I do?
A: Professors know this happens. You can send them an email letting them know about the conflict and proposing some times you are available. Or go up and talk with them after class to set up a time for a longer talk.