Aggie Insider: Guide to Summer School

By: Austin Williams
By: Austin Williams

College Station, Texas- Summer school is upon us!

Today marks the beginning of summer school at Texas A&M and I know many of you are dreading it. The idea of going to summer school seems horrible for most; because people usually think a student failed a class and has to retake it. However, it has become a lot more common for students to take summer school in order to get a class out of the way. Going to school during a time when you are supposed to have freedom seems like a pain but there are actually a few great things about it. The first time I enrolled for summer school, I thought it was the worst thing that could have happened to me. I soon found out that taking classes in the summer is abundantly easier than taking the class for a full semester. Yes the class occurs at a faster pace, but I found that learning at a rapid speed with fewer students around actually helps you learn more efficiently. For all those embarking on this summer school journey, I have a few tips for you in the hope that it eases the dread of spending your summer in class.

1. Know how to manage time

Knowing how to manage your time in college is crucial as I am sure many of you know. The ability to balance all the class work takes time to figure out in order to succeed. Depending on the amount of classes you will be taking for the summer, managing your time can vary. If you are only taking one class, then managing your time will be easy but there still is some challenge to it. Just taking one class at a different pace can throw you off so I suggest no matter how many classes you are taking that you take time to study every day.

2. Get to know your professor

This tip is ideal for any college career but I have found this is easier to do when taking summer school. Professors love it when students consult them for questions and help on work. When you do this it gives the professor the notion that you care to learn and they will be more inclined to make sure you succeed in class. A few summers ago, I took a class at A&M and I believe because I engaged in conversation with the professor every day, it helped me more so than if I had not

3. Lastly, enjoy your time

This is very important because what is summer if you can’t enjoy yourself in the process. Just because you will be sitting in class for a small portion of the day does not mean you have to focus on school 24/7. Take the time away from school to hang with friends or go see a movie. Any time away from your studies can help manage your stress level and keep you from being overwhelmed.

Although many of you wish to be anywhere but in school for the summer, I promise it will pay off in the end. If you look at summer school on the positive side, it will be over before you know it and maybe you will have just enough time to go on vacation before the new semester begins.

Good Luck!

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