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Professor choice / waitlist

  1. Jun 21, 2011 #1
    I'm signing up for a physics course that is rarely offered, and I have 2 choices for professors.

    One is ideal, great teacher, class is waitlisted.

    The other is notorious for being difficult, but really knows his stuff.

    There are 3 people on the waitlist, and I can only register for one of the classes. Think it's worth getting waitlisted in hopes I can get in? I'm going to talk to the professor today if I can track him down and try to get in, or ask the likelihood of being allowed to stay if I just show up. What would you do?
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  3. Jun 21, 2011 #2
    I wouldn't talk to anyone and transfer to another school.
  4. Jun 21, 2011 #3
    I would personally go for the difficult professor. I tend to learn a lot from difficult professors. You'll have to do a lot of self-studying, but in the end it's worth it...

    But it's up to you, really :smile:
  5. Jun 21, 2011 #4

    I was late registering so it's my fault here.
  6. Jun 21, 2011 #5


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    You're paying good money for your education I would think. Why settle for a slacker professor and learn nothing yet still fork over the same money?
  7. Jun 21, 2011 #6
    It honestly seems like you're in a win-win situation of sorts, assuming that "knows his stuff" implies "good teacher," but give the waitlisted class a try. It's been my experience that full classes are easy to get into with a bit of patience, so add that section to your shopping cart and check it a few times a day if you think about it. I've gotten into a couple classes that way. Failing that, you might be able to grab a seat during Add/Drop week or, potentially, you could try for an override. Some departments give capacity overrides in the first week of classes.
  8. Jun 21, 2011 #7
    If it makes you feel any better I started out, in early-May, at position 12 in two different class wait lists and am now number 1 and 2.
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