The Best Approach to Surviving College Summer School

The Best Approach to Surviving College Summer School
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    Who in their right mind would voluntarily take summer classes?

    Notably, some of your classmates and hundreds of thousands of other college students across the nation would.


College summer school may not be on your list of favorite summer activities, but it might be worth your consideration if you need an academic advantage. The following are ways for you approach and survive summer classes.

Decide if it is right for you. You might be interested in taking summer college classes for one very good reason — those classes are compressed and are usually over within six weeks. Think about it: the class you dreaded taking in the fall or in the spring for 15 long weeks can be over in a month and a half. That alone has some students biting the bullet and signing up. Besides, when the summer semester is over, you will still have several weeks to do what you want to do before the fall semester begins.

Register for the class early. If you plan to take a summer class, you should register for it early. And for two reasons: 1), it might be closed if you wait too long, especially if it is a popular class; and 2), the course might be dropped if students don’t show sufficient interest. And that’s the thing about summer classes: interest can certainly vary depending on the class and the instructor.

Start your assignments immediately. With summer classes, you have no time to waste. That means the term paper associated with the class should be started as soon as it is assigned. Where you had months to flesh out your work during the regular part of the academic year, you have only a few weeks to identify, research, construct, draft, write and edit your work before it is submitted. Clearly, by the end of the week when your term paper is assigned, you must be well into the process of getting it done. The same stepped up work must be given to your other assignments as well.

If you take a class at another school, make sure that it will transfer. For many college students, the summer class they take is not at their registered university. Indeed, because they are back home with family, these students may take a class at a local college. Before you register for that class, you need to verify with your school that the class can be transferred. If so, then proceed. You also must ensure that the required paperwork follows you from school to school.

Consider taking an online class. Appearing in class four or five days per week for weeks on end may be too much for some students. Still, you want to get those three or four credits out of the way. One option here is to sign up for an online class and complete the class at your own pace. Some classes can be finished as soon as you complete your work, while others may be stretched out a bit longer. Find the class that works best for you and take it if your college will accept it.

Keep your eyes on the prize. Taking a summer class can get hard especially as the semester seems to slowly move forward. idyllic summer days, friends lolling at the beach and a host of other reasons why you don’t want to be there will begin to set in. Quite naturally, you may feel like dropping the class when everyone else is having their fun. But don’t let your discipline ease — keep your eyes on the prize and the reward will be a good grade, the credits you need, and you will be one step closer to graduation.

Summer College Considerations

Taking summer courses means carefully weighing which classes are right for you. For some students, taking two courses concurrently works out. This is the equivalent of taking a full course load during the regular academic year. Avoid putting yourself in a position that you are not ready to face. However, if you can manage two or even one class, then go with it — you will still have time to enjoy the summer.

See Also — How to Make the Most of Your Summer College Class


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