Summer school is a topic of great controversy between students. Is it really worth taking courses during this period? This question will be one of the topics discussed here. What can I expect to come out of this? But before that, I shall discuss how it works and how it may differ from both the fall and spring semesters.
Summer vs. Other
Well, there’s really only one big difference from my experience: time. The duration of the summer semester is very short: a bit less than two months. During this period, you may take up to ten credits worth of course material (if your advisor accepts it that is).
And although this may seem very scary at first, one ought to remember the fact that you really can’t take much material in such a short period of time; thus, the study time is relatively equivocal of that of an ordinary one. Theoretically speaking, you are allowed to take three courses maximum (as the minimum credits for a course is three).
And unlike the other two semesters, the tuition fee is based on the number of credits you wish to include within the semester. The amount may vary from one year to another. If your family is facing financial difficulties, I would not recommend summer courses except in very rare cases. For example, let’s say that you failed a course that is a prerequisite for many of your following semesters. What should you do? Not taking that course may become more expensive if you end up taking an extra year. That is a very common example as of why people may wish to take summer courses.
Should I Take Summer?
Now, for the very heated topic that I hope to settle once and for all. It really depends on what you wish to accomplish during your stay here. Some wish to graduate early, retake a certain course, decrease the course load of future semesters, or simply partake in a minor. Whatever the reason may be, you should know what you are signing up for. For one, you are taking classes at the peak of heat. Are you capable of sustaining the level of discipline required to reach your expectations?
Another thing to take into account is the fact that you may be very fatigued from your previous workload. I will admit that it isn’t exactly fun to study all year-round. Most prefer to take this period as time off and spend time with family, friends, and do things they find joy in. That’s completely up to you to decide what’s best worth investing in.
Who to Expect
You may be wondering, who will I be studying with? And this is a very good question. For one, you could make predictions on the averages of the course and see if you can compete in courses that have curves set on them. You may also wish to have company to study and commune with. After all, the campus is usually relatively empty during the summer. It’s not good to remain in solitude for long periods of time. So perhaps getting along with who you’ve got is a reasonable choice.
In terms of students, it is really dependent on the course. For some difficult courses, you may expect a lot of repeat students who have a lot of experience on the topic at hand. Some may just want a better grade. The other will do so to pass a previously failed course.
What to Expect
Imagine the courses that you wish to take over a normal semester compressed by two or three times. For some, this may seem insane. For others, it is far easier to focus on a single course throughout a short period of time rather than constantly switching up. Another thing to be wary of is the low amount of professors available on campus during summer. This means that many of the courses may not be available during the summer. So know what courses are available as you would for any other semester- on CET. On that note, if you tend to not fully get how registration works, this article should give some clarity about CET and it’s ins and outs.
In short, summer courses are quite a hassle. And whether or not you may be up for the challenge is up to you to decide. There are many advantages and disadvantages to taking courses during these periods, depending on your current status and what you wish to achieve.