Some students want to take full advantage of summer break and relax, reboot and rejuvenate. Of course, summers are meant for quality time with family and friends, a possible summer vacation or youth camp, or a missions trip—but really, in college, life isn’t as carefree and you start to have more responsibilities as an adult.
Summer school is one of the ways to start to accomplish your goals of completing your units and requirements for your degree. Summer school classes, although crammed into a shorter period of time, are beneficial for many other reasons, too, and I wanted to write about the positive reasons why you should consider taking a summer school class.
Here’s the deal regarding summer school. You may not feel as though you get to fully grasp the subject you’re studying because of the amount of time you get to learn about a particular subject, but for most students, summer school is for finishing or completing those final units that are holding you back from graduating or possibly transferring to a university. Instead of taking full advantage of your time off and lying on the beach, why not complete several of your 60 minimum units and be proactive in your college career? No, it won’t necessarily be easy at first, because you will need to dedicate a few hours in the morning or when you schedule your classes during the day. But hey, after you’re finished with school, you can meet your friends and join in the fun. Essentially, you can have the best of both worlds in accomplishing your goals while still enjoying the sunny weather.
10 Reasons You Should Take Summer School Classes
1. You get more units completed: You can get a head start on accumulating units toward your end goal of completing your degree and/or transferring to a university or state school.
2. You’re keeping your mind sharpened: Summertime can be a season where you almost have TOO much time off and can feel lazy or that you’re not applying yourself as much. Don’t become apathetic toward learning just because school is on break. Really try to strengthen your mind by learning different subjects and by stretching your mind to focus on your one summer school class. CollegeParents.org recommends summer school to people because it helps students to “stay in the mode of studying.”
3. You’re sticking to a consistent schedule: Sometimes you can feel like a vegetable or beach bum in the summer if you have a part-time job or don’t have to go to school daily or several days a week. Doing summer school is healthy and good for your life in sticking to the routine of homework, exams and so forth. Summer classes create a consistent schedule where you are held accountable and you don’t catch yourself sleeping away your summer mornings, but rather are completing important credits for your degree.
4. You’re challenging yourself: I’m not going to sugarcoat it—summer school is NOT easy—but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t challenge yourself and dive in to try. Why not be proactive and study while others are just hanging out? Trust me, you’re not missing THAT much by being in a summer class…really, it is rewarding and will be even more so once you get those credits. Success isn’t handed to you; you need to work for it, and sacrifice (saying no to some things) is necessary during that process. It WILL pay off, especially when you’re the one transferring to your dream school. I believe in you!
5. Summer school allows you to focus on ONE subject: Do you struggle in math or science? Doing a class during a break period is beneficial so you don’t have other subjects competing with your time, and you can solely focus on the subject you need extra help with.
6. You have the opportunity to raise your GPA: Summer school allows you to focus on your one subject without distractions. So take the time to go to the math lab or science lab and get that extra help, so that you’re able to raise your grade point average and be an even better student. You can do it!
7. You can learn a subject you’re interested in: During the academic school year, you may find that you’re unable to take courses that appeal to your personal interests. Summer school is a way to navigate those interests and to really try to learn something new. If you’re up to speed on your credits, maybe consider taking a foreign language or an astronomy course.
8. Complete a prerequisite: Sometimes courses require a prior course, called a “prerequisite.” You may want to double check that you don’t need any of those prior to signing up for your fall class schedule. You don’t want to have to delay your graduation date because of a simple class you could have taken in winter or summer session.
9. Failed a class? Retake it over summer: Did you happen to take a very difficult class or struggle in math or science? Summer school is a great way to make up for the low scores and to redeem your credits/units. Talk to a student counselor and inquire about what you can do to improve your transcript.
10. You will get more individual help: In summer school, classes tend to be smaller and more mellow versus the norm on campus with everyone enrolled. During summer school, let’s say if you are struggling or need extra help with a particular subject, the teachers have more time to help students one-on-one. This increases the chances of success, as you will likely do better in the class and get better scores, which will lead to the completion of your units!