When School Isn’t Out for Summer: How To Survive Summer Classes

Summer classes provide students with a chance to make some headway in school. Fewer students, more parking, and accelerated classes are just a few perks. For those that opt to stick around, here are a few pointers.

  1. Be realistic. If you rock the night-owl life, a 7:45 a.m. class isn’t for you. If around 2:00 p.m. your body goes into siesta mode, you should take a nap, not a class.
  2. Walk/ride your bike to school. Not only will you be on your way to that summer beach body, you’ll avoid the projected $5/gallon gas prices.
  3. Classes progress quickly so keep a schedule. It should go without saying, but you will need to frequently check said schedule.
  4. If marriage or a vacation is in your summer forecast, let your teacher know. They can work with you so as not to derail your merriment with a failing grade. Just bear in mind that this is their summer as well; so don’t harangue your teacher everyday. Keep it within reason.
  5. Don’t forget to have some fun! School might not be your quintessential summer activity but you should try and make the best of it. Most teachers will cut out unnecessary busy work and remember it’s only 7 weeks. You can endure anything for 7 weeks, right?

Summer classes are a great way to catch up, get ahead or start in an academic career. So, if school is the card you’ve drawn this summer, play your hand well and you’ll survive while still having a bit of fun.


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