College life involves all kinds of things outside of the classroom: cocurricular involvement, the social scene, working, family obligations, and maybe even dating for most of the college students. It can be easy to forget just how easy it is to fail a college class with everything that is going on. And it can also happen easier -- and faster -- than you might think while failing a class is obviously less than ideal. Attending class regularly is pretty darned important in college. Do they take attendance? Not really. Does that mean showing up every day isn't important? No way. Because he or she is treating you like an adult -- and because he or she knows that those who pass show up on a regular basis – your professor does not take attendance. There's likely a high correlation between an unofficial attendance list and a list of those who pass. . Don't do the reading. In case you think that the professor covers most of the material during lecture -- or if you think that, because the professor doesn't cover most of the material during lecture, you don't need to know it, it can be easy to skip the reading.

How to fail a college class

The professor, however, has assigned the reading for a reason. Do you have to do all of it? Probably not. Do you have to do most of it? Ideally. Do you have to do enough of it? Definitely. Wait until the last minute to study and write your papers. Nothing screams I'm-not-going-to-pas-this-class like turning your paper in 30 seconds before it's due. And most students don't do their best work under pressure while some of them thrive on doing things at the last minute. So life also gets in the way sometimes even in case you have the best of intentions about doing things late, illness, personal issues, family emergencies, or other situations can sabotage your chances at success. Never go to office hours. Your professors have office hours each and every week. Why? Because they know that learning for a class happens more than just the three times a week everyone is in the same lecture hall together. Never meeting your professor in person, never engaging with them during office hours, and never utilizing all that they have to teach and offer you is a sad loss for you -- and them. 5. Assume you deserve a grade instead of having to earn it. You might think you know the material and have a good understanding of what's being covered, so you deserve to pass. Wrong! College grades are earned. Do not make an effort, don't do well, and don't otherwise engage, you don't earn a passing grade in case you do not show up. Never ask for feedback on your work. Can you not talk to your professor, not really go to class, and just email in your assignments? Yes. Is that a smart way to try to pass a class? No. Going through the motions doesn't mean you'll avoid failing.