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QUESTION: I failed an engineering term and now have to repeat it in the Fall.

Should I work through the summer or take a non degree term?

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  1. I'd say work through the summer (best if you can get something related to your field). A non degree term will only help if you can replace courses and graduate earlier, but most engineering programs don't allow for lower course loads than your classmates and with certain streams it's hard to rearrange schedules.

    But your best bet would be to talk to an advisor if you're unsure.

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  2. Definitely work, there's no point in taking random courses and paying all that money, unless you wanna start an option or minor. If you do, then that's a good thing too because you'll have something to show employers when they ask you about your failed term - you can say "look I didn't do well last time, but I took a few courses and worked hard to maintain/develop good study habits, and I'm doing well in my repeated term as a result" or something.

    (I failed a term and took a non-degree to start working on an option .. It's a really good way to show you've taken the opportunity to 'grow' from your failure :) The employer thing is true from experience as well, especially in my repeated term when I went to interviews I used that line every time)

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  3. wtf? you failed, move on, try something else. maybe engineering here isn't for you

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    1. Wait no, this is really bad advice. It is reasonably common to fail a term in engineering, at least in my program, and lots of people who have failed terms simply join the next class.
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  4. General rule I've heard and think is quite reasonable is that if you fail a term trying your hardest, you should probably reconsider programs, but if you just slacked and got lazy *and can change that behaviour* you should be fine.

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    1. I'm in the same boat right now. Looked for a job outside job mine (and outside of the coop system entirely), found one, and it seems to be the most interesting and best paying job I've had so far.

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