Summer Classes

United States
July 1, 2012 7:17pm CST
So I signed up to take Summer classes (first time doing that), and I won't ever do it again! Haha. My school breaks summer into two "semesters;" Summer 1 and Summer 2 (each about a month long). I signed up for TWO classes during Summer 1 (Accounting and Computer Sciene - both required for my degree). And let me tell you it was HIGHLY stessful and difficult. I almost dropped the accounting class because I started off bad. But I stuck to it and my final grades were a B in Accounting and an A in Computer Sciene. I was happy with these grades (considering I hadn't planned to get higher than a C in Accounting). I also signed up for a class for Summer 2, but just one this time, thankfully! It is a college algebra class, so I'm still a little worried about it. Math is not my strongest subject, so hopefully the accelerated class isn't too hard for me. Have you guys ever taken summer classes? What was your experience with it?
2 people like this
6 responses
@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
2 Jul 12
Oh Lily, I don't know if I should tell you my experience. I took a class last summer, only one, and it was math, algebra, and I had to withdraw..:( But that doesn't mean you will, you are younger and probably better at math than I am, and I really hope you do well. Anyway, I'll never take another summer class again because my classes and books are paid with a pell grant and I only get so much a year. Because I took that summer class, I didn't have the money to take a spring class this year. I also took my class online, where you are probably going on campus? Then you will do just fine..:)
• United States
2 Jul 12
Uh oh! Haha. Well as I stated above I tried to pick a teacher that has a reputation of making the course easy on their student. That was another reason I didn't like summer classes. I had to pay quite a bit of money for 3 textbooks and I'm only using them for a month! Yes I am going on campus. I do not do well with online classes - if I tried to take a math class online???!??!?!? WHOA! That would be bad! lol
1 person likes this
• United States
2 Jul 12
LOL...I passed all my developmental classes online and every English and art class I took were all online. I remember now that you prefer to go on campus, so like I said, you'll probably do just fine..
• United States
2 Jul 12
I had to take 2 online classes during the same semester (two semesters ago!) It was tough, but luckily I did very well with the subjects and got A's in both. But I still didn't enjoy them as much as I would have on campus. So I want to avoid online classes for the rest of my college career. Thank you! I will have to let everyone know how I do.
1 person likes this
@PageTurner (2827)
• United States
2 Jul 12
Hello LilyoftheThorns Best of luck to you with the college algebra. That wasn't my strong suit, either, but some how I sallied forth and was able to pass. In years following my first two years in college, I always took summer classes. It just seemed to make sense that it a class I needed was offered I may as well take it. I was in school about nine years after my 2nd year in college, and it seems that I was always in some sort of summer course. It wasn't bad at all. Peace
• United States
2 Jul 12
Thank you. I tried to pick a teacher that has gotten good ratings at RateMyProfessor.com. The teacher I picked is suppose to make the class easy for his students, so hopefully it won't be so bad. I would be happy with a B in this class, but that would bring down my GPA so I really hope I can get an A. Thanks Page!
1 person likes this
• United States
2 Jul 12
As my experience was in the Stone Ages we didn't have this new fangled internet with all its tubes and such going all over the globe. I just had to take the luck of the draw on my professors. Hang in there. You can do it!
• United States
2 Jul 12
Haha! I do not envy you, I don't know what I would do without that site! I do not do well with bad teachers at all! I'm glad I have been able to have a majority of good ones. I didn't know about the site my first couple years of college, but I got very lucky with good teachers during those times.
1 person likes this
@RawBill1 (8542)
• Gold Coast, Australia
2 Jul 12
I don't think that they have summer classes here in Australia. It has been many years since I was a student so I am way out of the loop but I cannot imagine they would get too many participants if they did as we all like our free time and the beaches too much!
• United States
2 Jul 12
Being that Austrailia is south of the Equator, & the United States is north of it, it also means that our seasons are also different. The regular school years on this side of the equator typically starts in late August or early September, & ends usually around May. I wonder how things are done on your side of the equator.
@RawBill1 (8542)
• Gold Coast, Australia
2 Jul 12
Yep, it certainly does! Our kids are the middle of their two week winter break here. Summer holidays are for about six weeks from mid December to the end of January. Then they have a two week break for Easter, the winter break I have already mentioned and another two week break in Spring in late September.
• United States
2 Jul 12
Many colleges & universities break summer into two different sessions of Summer I & Summer II. The reasoning behind that is so that people can take both parts (such as English 101 in Summer Session I, & then English 102 in Summer Session II) during the summer. Each seesion lasts (depending on individual campus policies) five or six weeks. For part-time students, the summer sessions are supposed to help them catch up. It also helps full-time students in that they can stay on track in the event that they were either unable to pass a course during the regular semester in that they can repeat the course to stay on track. It also helps them lighten the course load during the regular semesters. The main disadvantage is that it does go by very fast, & it all seems crammed into a short period of time. This can be burdensome on both, the student & the instructor. Depending on the individual courses, they are quite often for students who have to re-take the course because they didn't do well in it during the regular semester. It's also a financial burden for those on financial aid in that in order to receive any kind of grant, they need to enroll in a minimum of six credits to be eligible for any kind of grant money. As a result, many choose to take those courses at a low-cost community college to transfer back to their regular college or university.
• United States
2 Jul 12
Yeah I had to take summer classes because I recently changed my degree so I wanted to get caught up with the required classes on my new degree. They were so tough! I'm glad I only have 1 class for the second summer. But since it's a math class I don't think it'll be much easier for me, haha!
• United States
2 Jul 12
As for math, some people do have trouble grasping the concepts. Did you know that Albert Einstein had a lot of difficulty with basic math when he was a child? He did have his troubles, but when it came to the advanced math required for physics, that he was able to handle. It was the simpler math he had trouble with. You would be surprised at this one. Instructors who are normally tough during the semesters do usually lighten up for the summer. This is especially true if you take the course in the evening. They do understand that most of those evening students have it a lot tougher in that they have full-time day jobs, as well as family they need to take care of. Just don't try to pull any fast ones on them, because quite often, they have actually tried to do the same thing during their student days, & ...
• United States
8 Jul 12
For the most part, I liked the summer classes I took in college. I wish that I would have taken more; maybe, I could have accelerated getting my degree by at least a semester if I had.
• United States
8 Jul 12
I didn't like how fast the classes went, how much you had to "learn" in such a short amount of time. 16 chapters in 4.5 weeks for one class!!! I don't think that is really "learning" something, but just memorizing it JUST for that amount of time. But hey, if you do good during summer classes, more power to you! I wish I was good at Summer classes, I would probably take them all the time to accelerate my graduation date.
• United States
2 Jul 12
During my undergrad studies I made a point to take classes during the summer; it was just something that made my semesters easier since I worked full-time through school. The school I attended (California State - Northridge) only had one summer session, so it was easy to take a class. However I still only took one at a time in the summer because I did not want to overload myself too much. The only time I did not take classes in the summer was between my junior and senior years, because by then I needed a certain number of classes to maintain full-time status for financial aid and taking any classes during the summer would me that I would not have enough classes left during my senior year. I always did pretty well during the summer; even during high school I enjoyed having classes in the summer because it allowed me the ability to get ahead. And the pace was always manageable because I only did one at a time. I couldn't even begin to imagine what you were going through with 2 at one time. Good job on your grades!