Students may enroll in summer courses at college for a variety of reasons, such as to advance their graduation date, clear room for a second major, retake unsuccessful courses, for personal development, and so on.
Summer college courses don’t have to be terrible. It has a unique aura, but if you use the following advice, you can turn it into a positive one.
4 tips for taking summer classes in college
1. Organize your time.
Think of your time on two different levels:
Class time: the hours and days you’re sitting in class, plus commute time on both ends
Study time: how much time outside of class is spent on reading, studying, and doing assignments
Don’t underestimate the amount of study / homework time required for summer courses. For tips, read this: How to plan time to study.
You’ll have to figure out your own optimal schedule based on your own calendar and commitments, but regardless of when you study, it should be consistent and uninterrupted.
2. Show up on time.
The very least you can do for your summer classes is to arrive on time. Once there, take into account the traffic and commuting hours. If you must leave class early (do this infrequently), email the teacher in advance and exit discreetly.
3. Think carefully about your study space.
If you’re a college student taking summer school, you may not be living in the dormitories during the months of June, July, and August. If so, arrange your room (or another area of the home) such that you may concentrate without interruptions. I also advise organizing your workstation in accordance with your preferred methods of studying. Below is a list of resources:
An alternative to doing your summer work at home is to spice th
Summer courses are infamous for requiring a lot of reading. This tip is related to Tip #1 since it’s crucial to take into account how long it takes you to read your assignments outside of class.
Doing your class readings as soon as you can after your class is done, ideally that same day but at the very least within the following two days, is an excellent technique. Do a fast 10-minute review (skim) of your readings or the notes you made on them before your next lesson.
Of course, once or twice-week summer sessions are the ideal fit for this approach. You won’t have time to study and review if you’re taking a daily summer college course.