Are you taking college classes this summer? Many students choose to take the summer months off to relax and recharge. Others spend their summer working to earn money for the next academic year. Then there are the students who choose to commit to part-time or full-time schedule of classes.
Why go to school in the summer? It can be a great way to finish more credits and speed up your graduation date. In other cases, students find themselves taking courses during the summer session because it is the only time that specific required classes or desired electives are offered.
I used to take classes during the summer, and I can say that they definitely present their own unique set of challenges. Perhaps the most difficult thing for students to get used to is the accelerated pace. Since the summer session is shorter than a regular term, and since some colleges and universities split the summer up into two separate "blocks," these courses are condensed into a much shorter span of time. Chances are that you'll spend more time each day in class, and your assignments and exams will come at a rapid-fire pace.
So what can you do to ensure that you succeed in these classes? Here are some quick tips:
- Don't skip class. Attendance is key. I once had a professor tell me that missing one day of a summer class is like missing an entire week of a regular fall or spring term class.
- Take good notes. High quality notes provide a record of what you learned during lectures and give you a helpful way to prepare for exams.
- Establish good study habits. Your classes will probably take up quite a bit of time, so it is important to use good time management skills. By setting a study schedule and sticking to it, you can still give yourself time to have fun and enjoy the summer.
Looking for more advice on what to do with your summer? Kelci Lynn Lucier, black-rose-bielefeld.de's Guide to College Life, has some great ideas for smart ways to spend your summer.
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