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Posted by on Nov 13, 2013 in Academics | 0 comments

Best of Both

Best of Both

Would it be smart to choose classes online and on campus during the same semester?

Dear Darren,

Yes! It is like getting the best of both worlds. If you are comfortable with both traditional classes and online classes then definitely go for it. I wrote a post regarding online classes if you want to take a look. Make sure you plan accordingly and dedicate enough time to each class,  no matter what format. If you have time gaps between your on-campus classes, then you can conveniently go to the library and do the online classes’ work.

It is all about choosing what makes your life easier, and taking advantage of the opportunities available to you as a SPC student.

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Posted by on Nov 12, 2013 in Academics | 3 comments

Get Ready for College Math

Get Ready for College Math

I am having a very hard time with algebra. Can I take the free GET READY FOR COLLEGE MATH more than once?

Dear Cynthia,

Yes, you can take the Get Ready for College Math more than once. This is a great help for students who might need help in math reviewing and mastering concepts. It is filled with resources and it is free! Enjoy this service and use it as many times as you need.

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Posted by on Nov 8, 2013 in Academics | 0 comments

Taking Summer Classes

Taking Summer Classes

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­How do you know which classes are best to take during the summer, when everything is crammed into a shorter period?

Dear Danny,

It is always good to take summer classes if your schedule permits. It gives you an advantage to finish your degree faster and keep your mind engaged in learning during the lazy summer months. From my experience, I would advise you not to take any courses that are specifically for your major. It is precisely due to the shorter period of time in the classroom that it is best to reserve summer terms to classes that you will not stress over. You can take classes such as electives or prerequisites for other classes. You might even want to take a class for fun. One summer I took a Gospel Choir class and really enjoyed it!

Leave the tougher courses, such as your major’s classes, for the fall and spring terms. Since these last longer, you will have the opportunity to take your time in learning the material. Like you said, so that it would not be all crammed information.

I would also recommend you to take fewer classes. If your fall and spring terms are as full time student, 12 credit hours, then for the summer take maybe 2 or 3 classes (6-9 credits). This way it will not be overwhelming, and you still get to enjoy the summer vacations.

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Posted by on Nov 7, 2013 in Academics | 0 comments

Electives!

Electives!

I am looking for a good elective to choose or a class to fill the rest of my full time student requirements. Do you know of any classes?

Dear David,

Great question! I’m huge fan of filling your schedule with the proper class to move your degree track forward, and at least one elective. Electives are the best thing ever! I’m so happy, as students, we are able to take electives to fulfill our studies. I have learned some of the most fascinating things in these courses.

Unfortunately, my time taking electives has passed. I took all of them at SPC and now my semester schedules are filled with classes for my major. So I’m taking this opportunity to choose some of the best electives which I think all students should take. So bear with me as I select Maria’s top 5 electives at SPC!

1. Computer Science –   CGS 1000 – Introduction to Computers and Programming

If you ever, like me, wondered how computers work and the magic behind these enchanted objects, then a computer science class is what you need. Coding is going to be the language of the future and programmers will be as essential as doctors or lawyers. As our lives become digitized more and more every day, we will need evolve and understand these systems beyond just knowing how to turn off and on. So be prepared and take a class on it.

2. Studio Art –   ART 1201C – Design I, ART 1300C – Drawing I, ART 1750C – Ceramics I, ART 2400C – Printmaking I, ART 2500C – Painting I

Before settling on my current major I was an art major. I took a bunch of art classes and believe me when I tell you that once you take a college level studio art class you will never see the world the same way again. Studio classes in particular are extremely beneficial. These classes will enhance your critical thinking skills, senses, time management skills, and your whole world view. You will walk out of the classroom and start noticing every little detail. Your appreciation for color and space will change, too. I did not choose one class in particular for I think it depends on your personality and which medium you might want to pursue. And just in case you were wondering, yes, aside from Ceramics, I took all the art classes listed above while at SPC.

3. Astronomy – AST 1002 –   Universe:  The Infinite Frontier 

I am not a scientist but I find all think outer space to be incredibly interesting. There is so much we do not know about what is out there. It is a real adventure. This course could be a great opportunity to learn about our universe. Also, prepare to feel insignificant when you discover the magnitude of the universe.

4. History – WOH 2040 – The Twentieth Century

I think someone famous once said that “if we don’t know our history, we are doomed to repeat it.” I truly believe in this statement and that is why whenever possible I try to catch up on history. Whether learning about world or American history, ancient or recent, the monarchs of Europe, or the amazing adventures of some famed historical figure, I love history because I love the fact that it happened and we can learn about it. I know it is not everyone’s cup of tea, but knowing history is like knowing every pun. Also, if you know some historical context on things everything in your other classes will start to make sense.

5. Writing – CRW 2001 – Creative Writing

There is nothing more important in the world we live in today than to be able to express ourselves in writing. I would even argue it goes beyond any other skill. If you are able to write down your thoughts then you can do anything. Unfortunately, it is a skill that, according to some of my professors, we are starting to lose. This is why I recommend taking a creative writing class as an elective. You will get the chance to express yourself in different ways, expand your vocabulary, and become eloquent in writing.

Hope this post helps your when deciding on your elective!

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Posted by on Nov 7, 2013 in Need to Know | 0 comments

Commuting Between Campuses

Commuting Between Campuses

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Would you suggest taking classes on multiple campuses in the same semester?

Dear Nicholas,

It is possible to take classes on different SPC campuses in the same semester. I would just make sure that you have enough commuting time to get between one campus to the next. Many SPC students do this commuting back and forth since some classes are exclusively offered in a specific campus. Such as art courses at the Clearwater campus or Education courses offered either at St. Pete/Gibbs or Tarpon campus. If you plan accordingly and reserve sufficient time, including possible traffic congestion, then you should be fine.

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