Thinking About Taking Courses This Summer? Here’s What You Should Consider

Many students are attracted to summer courses for the chance to reduce their workload over the fall or winter semester. Summer classes can be a good idea, for instance, if you find it difficult to manage a heavy workload during the school year. For some students, taking a class or two is also a great way to stay in the 'school mode' so it's easier to adjust when September rolls around again.

Sometimes, however, students make the mistake of thinking that summer courses are lighter than those taken during the regular school year, and others sign up for summer courses only to realize that they wish they'd had a break from studying. In other words, summer courses can be a smart choice for some, but they're certainly not for everyone. Here are a few things to consider to ensure you make the right choice:

1. Stay on Track

A summer course gives you the freedom to take one less course the previous or following semester. It can also give you the opportunity to enroll in a class you were unable to take before due to conflicting schedules. It could even mean you gain the credit you need to graduate early or a prerequisite you need for a course in the fall semester.

2. Fewer Offerings

Bear in mind, the class you want to take may be unavailable during the summer. In fact, if you're looking for a particular type of class to meet your program requirements, this could be impossible with a summer course — sometimes entire departments offer no classes over the summer.

3. Smaller Class Sizes

If you're the type of person who benefits from more personalized attention, a summer course could be for you — classes typically have far fewer students. For this reason, they are also an excellent way to meet more people, make friends, and get to know your professors.

4. Work Extra Hard

The number of classes is often less than those offered during the regular school year. This means that you will need to learn everything in less time, as well. You will need to work hard to keep up and pass the course. If you can manage it, a summer course is a fast way to gain credit — but you will need to put in the effort.

5. Study Something Different

If you want to add a little variety to your classes, a summer course could be the way to do it. As there is no need to split your time with regular course work, you can dedicate all your attention to a new subject.

6. Less Time to Work

Many students use summers as a chance to work or volunteer. This allows them to gain valuable experience after they graduate — and likely the income they need to continue paying for their education! If you take a summer course, you will have less time for even a part-time job and little time for your hobbies.

Whether you decide to take a summer course or stay in the city to work, you will need to find student housing. Edmonton students love Horizon Residence for its awesome amenities, affordability and convenience. Right across the street from Grant MacEwan University and just minutes away from NorQuest College, getting to class is easy. Plus, you will have access to an onsite study area and WiFi wherever you are in the building.