With summer comes the promise of sunshine and some time off from studying. However, if you are among the lucky students who need to beef up your credit hours or retake a botched physics class, then you’ll find yourself enrolling in summer school. There is no shame in having to retry a difficult course, and taking extra classes can actually help ease your coursework during upcoming semesters.
Weigh your options. If you’re behind on coursework or just looking to get ahead, make sure to check with your Registrar’s office for summer school opportunities. Not all universities and colleges offer summer school options, but expanding your search to include other schools within your hometown and surrounding area can increase your chances of finding an opportunity.
Be prepared. If you are repeating a course from a previous semester it is always a wise idea to review your old notes before, and during, your summer session. Even taking a small amount of time each day to read through previously covered topics can immensely increase your information retention abilities. Seeing material more than once improves your ability to remember it.
Have good attendance. Because the summer term is shorter than regular semesters, you have less time to learn the material. This accelerated time frame means that the material is thrown at you much more rapidly. Having good attendance is critical to being able to stay on top of coursework and information. Missing classes can mean double the make-up hassle as compared to classes missed during the regular semester.
Know the weather forecast. Depending on your geographical location, the summer months bring hot and muggy weather. If your school is on the “air conditioning on in the winter, heat on in the summer” schedule, you are likely to be uncomfortable during class. Make sure you dress in layers and avoid eating heavy, high calorie meals that will make you sluggish and sleepy during lecture periods.
Set a schedule and stick to it. Taking classes while most of your friends are relaxing and sleeping in can be painful. Setting a schedule is important so that you can create study and leisure times. Going to school year-round can be mentally draining, but incorporating fun activities into your down time can help substantially.
Whether you’re looking to get ahead, or just looking for a second chance with a difficult course, summer school can be a great option. Have a story about summer school, or have a survival tip to recommend? Comment below.