4 Tips For Taking College Courses Over Winter Break

While most students home from school this break are trying to fulfill their New Year’s resolutions, a few are still holed up in dormitories and campus housing back at their respective universities.

Winter interim classes aren’t obviously the most ideal choice. However, some students need the typical month long break to catch up on credits or knock out a couple general education requirements.

Whatever the reason, if you didn’t get enough academic satisfaction over the Fall semester and figured you’d come back for more in the winter, here are some helpful tips to ensure success in your interim course.

Sleep

Don’t expect much…

A winter class attempts to cram all the necessary scholastic filling of a semester class in a span of about 3 weeks, or roughly, 15 classes. The professor will expect you to accomplish about a week’s worth of homework for a class in a day.

Add this on top of your normal daily routine and possible work schedule and your window shrinks a bit more. Be prepared to sacrifice a little sleep and make sure you catch up on the weekends.

Preparation

If your professor offers the book list before class starts, it is in your best interest to get the books well before hand and get reading. It’ll save you mounds of time later on in the course when you may be rushing through all the material to get your work done.

Although it’s a moot point for those enrolled in classes now, you can still use the syllabus to get ahead on the weekends.

It’ll make the next, and probably last, week of the class more enjoyable, as well as, allow you to participate and obtain more as opposed to trying the grasp the information without any background.

Attendance

  • Type of person that can’t get up in the morning?
  • Hit the snooze button 10 times before waking up?
  • Prone to walking into class halfway through with bedhead?

If you answered yes to any of these questions you may want to reconsider signing up for a class over the winter.

Attendance is absolutely necessary and excessive tardiness or truancy will destroy any chances you have at obtaining a good grade in the class.

Furthermore, most universities have special policies for interim classes dictating mandatory attendance and required withdrawal if you miss more than one.

Put the coffee pot on a timer and be ready to get moving. Otherwise, consider taking the course over summer or online.

Communicate

Your classmates and professor will become your close friends for the next few weeks. Define the best ways to reach your professor outside of class for questions or concerns the first day for help on assignments.

Moreover, don’t forget to test those gregarious social skills of yours and chat it up with your classmates. They’re going through the same crazy winter break as you.

Just like any other course, having a study buddy in the class will help you both succeed and make the class more enjoyable.

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Lawrence Mack

Lawrence Mack

Lawrence Mack is a junior at the University of Iowa majoring in English. When he’s not exercising, eating, reading, writing short stories, or scouring the web, Lawrence is contributing to other blogs. An avid Harry Potter fan, self-proclaimed StumbleUpon and YouTube addict, and underrated when it comes to taking naps, Lawrence is looking forward to studying abroad in Thessaloniki, Greece over the Spring Semester of 2012.

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