Summer school is a dreaded concept amongst college students everywhere. Why give up the much anticipated summer vacation to be stuck inside a college classroom listening to a lecture or inside of an old library studying for exams? Actually, there are many good reasons why students should consider enrolling in summer school classes. From academics to finances, summer school has its perks.
The majority of college students taking summer school classes are hoping to accelerate their path to the diploma, make up a class they previously failed, or simply relieve the work load of next semester’s classes. Summer school is also a great opportunity for students to get into popular classes that traditionally fill up quickly during the regular semester. Also, university students that take summer school classes from a junior or community college can earn credits that will count towards their degree at a much less expensive rate. They should just be certain the credits will transfer to their home university before enrolling.
Summer school classes are notoriously time and work intensive and can be overwhelming for students that are unprepared for the compact schedule. Classes can meet every day of the week for several hours, once a week for the entire day or any variation of these schedules. The professors are tasked with cramming an entire semester’s worth of work and material into only six to eight weeks. This can be daunting for the students as they cannot fall behind, struggle too long with the material or miss any classes. However, many students enjoy the smaller classrooms, and compact lessons summer school is known for. This can be especially beneficial if the information is challenging, as the student can seek more personalized assistance and attention from the professor or class mates. Either way, it is ill advised to register for more than one class per summer school session, as it can be too challenging for even seasoned students.
Before any student enrolls in summer school classes they should be aware of the cost, schedule and work load involved with the class, as they are typically different from that of regular semester classes and can be confusing. Begin looking into summer school options in the spring and ask the appropriate school advisors for assistance. Students should also remember to take a break when possible and enjoy the summer while it lasts. Too much school can be exhausting!