Why You Should Take Advantage Of Summer Classes

You’ve been working your tail off studying during fall and spring semesters, so when summer finally rolls around, a break is much needed. College classes usually end in the beginning of May, which is about a month earlier than high school students get out—this is great because who doesn’t want a longer summer? But what is also nice about this extra time is the ability to take courses over the summer. I know it sounds crazy because homework is the last thing on student’s minds when the suns out, but consider the positives of summer classes.

  • Class Structure

The structure of summer classes varies depending on the school, but at my school the summer semester is broken into two sessions: the first half begins a week after spring classes end and goes until the end of June, and the second half starts up in the beginning of July. But here’s the good part—a full class will be completed in just one half of the summer, not both. This means you’re getting the same amount of credits as if you took it any other semester, but you’re finishing the class in half the time! This does mean that the class will usually move at a little faster pace to get through all the material, but getting the class finished in two months compared to four is an awesome feeling.

  • Online Courses

An abundance of online courses also open up, which is how I’ve always completed my summer classes. Not having to physically show up for class is convenient for students because this is the time when we usually get jobs and want to make money after not working all school year. Online classes are usually very flexible and will only have one due date a week, so you can balance everything according to your busy schedule.  This also means being able to go to your parent’s house and take classes, instead of staying on campus all summer.

  • Community Colleges

If you’re still working on your undergraduate requirements and attend a big university, check out the local community college in your area to see if they offer classes you still need to take. The only thing to double check is that the course will transfer to your university. Whether online or in person, community college classes are cheaper and typically easier.  If there are some required undergrad classes that you might struggle through (this was math for me!), taking them at a community college might be extremely beneficial.

  • Smaller Class Sizes

Summer classes tend to be smaller, so if there is a class troubling you, instructors will be able to help more students one-on-one. This kind of attention and instruction is sometimes just what you need to help you understand what’s making you struggle in a certain area. Also, instructors tend to be easier and more lenient during the summer because they don’t necessarily want to be there either; this is usually a nice change of pace compared to how intense instructors can be during the fall and spring.

All students want after eight straight months of school is a little break to enjoy the weather, hang out with friends, and make money at a summer job. Well, this all can still be achieved even if you decide to take summer classes. The leniency and convenience of summer classes (both in person and online) were designed with students in mind—they know you’re going to be busy and don’t want to do homework, so the courses are set up to make it easiest for you. With easier instructors and doing the same amount of work in half the time, why wouldn’t you want to take advantage of this?

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Jordyn Timpson

Jordyn Timpson

Jordyn Timpson is a junior at Michigan State University working towards her journalism degree with a specialization in documentary film. She designs and writes for a campus magazine and is a server at Bob Evans. When Jordyn has free time she likes to watch movies and her favorite show Breaking Bad, spend hours on tumblr, go on adventures with friends and travel.
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