This is the normal decision for students who have a 1B term average below 59.5, no grounds for a petition, but are still committed to uWaterloo engineering. It gives students an opportunity to make the necessary adjustments and create support structures to build a strong first year foundation. Often, students who do this, place at or near the top of their class, and this academic strength continues in upper years.

When dealing with this decision, students will have to plan for the term after their work term and before they repeat the term. There are two general options:

Work to gain more experience and increase savings​

Students can work during this term, but it is important to note that you will not be a co-op student and will not receive a co-op credit. This means you will work as a regular student. You must inform your employer regarding your change in status since it influences tax credits. Note that students who repeat a term are set to have 7 official work terms whereas only 5 co-op credits are required to graduate.

Take courses at uWaterloo th​at will strengthen your 1A background.

Students may be eligible to return to uWaterloo to strengthen their background. This means they would take 1A courses or equivalents (e.g., a student who struggled in 1A and 1B calculus should retake 1A calculus). Students cannot take any core course or equivalent courses from the 1B term they will be repeating. However, students may be able to take general electives or Complementary Studies Electives (CSEs) with the strengthening course(s).

Please contact an advisor from the Associate Director of Software Engineering to discuss and plan this option.

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