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Is it better to take an honors course or not?

I've heard from some people that you should take honors courses in college because it looks good on resumes and puts you in classes with other goal-oriented people, but I've also heard from other people that it's not worth it because it's a lot of extra work and will just end up giving you a lower grade in the class.
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Armani’s Answer

Hi Faith! That is a really great question. College is a great opportunity to test yourself and expand your knowledge, however, it is never a good idea to put yourself in a predicament that is too rigorous or too challenging. The good news is there are ways to see the course load prior to registering by using websites like Ratemyprofessor.com to research the instructor and get reviews from students you have previously taken the course. Additionally, once you have the professors information you can email him/her and request a copy of the syllabus to see if the work is too much for you. I hope this helps! If you ever need more guidance about the college process feel free to comment below!

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Go to the university website and see who taught the courses last Fall. Once you find the professor go to ratemyprofessor.com to find out more information regarding the course. Lastly, go to the universities staff directory and try to locate the professor(s) email and personally request a look at the syllabus.
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Cathy’s Answer

Hi Faith,

I think it's great that you're even considering taking honors classes! I say, if you have the resources to do so, give it a try. Don't get discouraged by those who say it's a lot of extra work... as it takes work to get to great places. Take that insight and turn it into motivation.

Also, even if you don't do as well as you hoped for after taking honors classes... it'll positively stand out more than those who breeze by in high school.

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Armani has a good point in requesting the syllabus ahead of time. Also, if you take honors classes and feel a bit loss, don't be afraid to ask the professor questions during/ after class.
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