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