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Summer School in College?

You’ve studied hard throughout the entire academic year. Pulled all-nighters. Made it to your classes and turned in your papers on time. Perhaps you’ve even managed to get decent grades. Bonus points to you if you’ve done this all while juggling school plus a part-time job.

Now the sun is shining, a warm summer breeze is blowing and you’re excited to take a break. After all, you deserve it. Right?

Why Summer School in College Makes Sense

So why on earth would you ever consider attending summer school in college? There are many advantages to taking summer school while you’re in college. For example:

  • You may need to make up for a course you didn’t pass or get a prerequisite out of the way so you can enroll in another course you need to graduate.
  • If you’re planning to study abroad, maybe you need to take a summer course or two to complete requirements before you leave.
  • Perhaps you had to take some time off for a medical, personal or family emergency and you need to catch up.
  • Maybe you’d like to sample a subject you’d like to learn more about, take a difficult course by itself so you can fully focus on it, or finish your degree early.

Summer classes make it possible for you to cover the same material in fewer weeks than academic-year classes. They help you maintain your school-year routines and retain your school-year knowledge. Typically, summer classes also take place in relaxed environments where you may benefit from smaller class sizes, more individualized attention from instructors and more interaction with students.

Before You Enroll in Summer School

Convinced to consider summer school now? If so, plan to attend all classes. Missing one several-hour summer class could put you much farther behind than if you missed an hour-long class during the regular academic year. Also be sure you understand the costs of your summer classes, and whether or not your college financial aid package will cover them.

In addition to looking into the summer classes your current school has to offer, check out summer courses offered online, or at your local community college. You may find a wider variety of more interesting classes. The classes may even be cheaper, and easier, too! Just check with your academic advisor to make sure the summer classes you take will count toward your degree.

Relaxation and Summer School: You Can Have Both

If you decide summer school in college is right for you, make a point to enjoy some time off. For example, you could spend a day at the beach before the summer session starts. Or take a long weekend over the Independence Day if you won’t miss classes during the holiday.

Reward yourself with mini breaks during your busiest times, too, such as walks in the park or picnic lunches with friends in the campus courtyard. Chances are your class will only take place for part of the summer — not the entire time — so you’ll still have some time off for a little rest and relaxation.

Who knows? You may even discover that summer school gives you just the structure you need to manage your time better than ever before.

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