Surviving Summer Courses
College summer school means giving up your summer freedom to sit in a classroom for almost two hours EVERY DAY, per class. Sounds like fun, right?
OK, it doesn’t, but what’s important is that you find ways to make the whole experience easier.
This summer is my first for taking summer courses – of my entire life. I am enrolled in just the first of two summer sessions offered at Angelo State University, each four weeks long. As a first-timer, I decided to learn all I could about surviving summer courses. Here are some of the tips I found.
Go to Class
Summer courses are intensive, 15 weeks of information crammed into four weeks. Missing a day or two could be the same as missing two or three weeks during the regular semester. Attendance is crucial to do well in your summer courses, so don’t skip.
It will all be over in a month, so use that fact to help you power through. If you need any extra motivation, just think of all the money you paid to be in that class.
We have all been there: leaving projects to the last minute and writing term papers the night before. That won’t work in summer courses. Because of the limited time you have, deadlines will appear before you know it.
Keep up with your work and, if you can, work ahead. This may mean working hard for a couple of hours, but it also means more free time later on.
Take Good Notes
You have tons of information to remember, little time to do so and you’re wishing you were somewhere else that’s not school. This can make it harder to concentrate, but you have to stay on track. Taking good notes will help you remember the material better and make studying for tests easier. Future You will appreciate good notes, trust me.
Plus, you have one thing in your favor: Because class only lasts four weeks, the material will be fresh in your mind. Notes you take will serve more as a reminder of what you learned instead of a tool for cramming everything at the last minute.
Have Fun and Relax
Through all the craziness, remember that it’s summer and you need to enjoy it. Maybe you won’t have a lot of free time during the week, but that’s what weekends are for.
Everyone needs time to unwind and take a deep breath. Have fun, explore and meet new people. You have been working hard, so you deserve a break.
And remember, it will all be over in just four weeks. You got this.