Census Date: how it all works

Sometimes, we come across a subject that just isn’t quite right, and making the decision to give a subject the flick can be tricky. In this post, we are here to help you in making that decision just in time for the census date!

The census date is fast approaching, but there is no need to stress. We are here to break down the basics for you! Pretty much how it works is that if you are wanting to opt out of a subject, its best to do it BEFORE the census date. Why? dropping a subject before the 31st of August 2019 means that you can drop out of the class without any financial penalty.

But, this isn’t the be all and end all. If you happen to miss the census date deadline, not all is lost. The 25th of September 2019 is the last withdrawal without fail date for semester two. What does this mean, you ask? Simply, this means that you can drop out of a subject without an academic penalty appearing on your transcript (keep in mind, you’ll still be required to pay for the subject in full).

So, now that you’re all over how this census stuff works, lets talk about making the decision. There are numerous reasons as to why you may choose to drop a subject. It could just be as simple as it is not what you expected, you’re struggling with the content or even that you have a clash. Whatever the reason, it is important to be 100% sure that it’s what you want.

Below are my steps on how to make the big decision:

1.Check the Student Learning Guide- just one more time.

Make sure you’ve got your head fully around the subject. Re-read things such as the learning outcomes and the assignment descriptions, getting a full understanding of what the subject has to offer is the best way to figure out if its your style.

2. Talk to the subject coordinator- They know everything there is to know about the subject.

Organise a face-to-face meeting with the subject coordinator. Be honest, and open with how you’re feeling and what you’re thinking. This is the best way to get help with the subject if you are struggling- they may even recommend an alternative subject to take in your field.

3. Find a friend who has completed the subject- you need a personal experience.

Find someone who has been there, done that. Get the insights into how much heartache the assignments gave them, was the exam a drainer? and what did they get out of the subject. From here, you can evaluate if the subject is a worth-while struggle.

If you’ve decided that the subject is not for you, then you will need to withdraw from the subject following these steps.

Remember, you don’t have to make the big decision alone, there are always people here to help!