The school year finally ends: you’re done with the stress, done with the studying, done with dealing with professors who take too long to respond. You’re finally free from the grind, so why would you deprive yourself of a work-free summer to take a summer course? Though you might want to have a completely laid-back summer, there are actually many benefits of taking summer classes that will save you stress in the long-run.
If there are any competitive classes during the school year that fill up really quickly, whether it be a popular elective or a class that has an excellent professor, taking a summer class will significantly increase your chances of getting that class. Class spots are not nearly as limited in the summer.
Textbooks are not necessarily sold cheaper just because it’s summer, but it is much easier to find used textbooks for low costs during the summer, since classes for the previous just ended and there is less competition for students searching for class material.
Since not all students enroll in summer courses, summer classes are much smaller than they are during the school year. This will allow you to know your professors more and receive more individualized help.
If you are only taking one or two summer courses, it will be much easier to focus on these classes and do well in them, since you are not stressed about other classes or activities that take place during the school year. That’s why it’s smart to take some of the more difficult courses that you’re dreading over the summer – you’ll have more time to focus on just that class!
Keep the School-Mindset
Several students spend their summers doing no work and not being productive, which causes them to lose their routine of waking up early, studying regularly, etc.. It can be very difficult to get back in the swing of things, but taking a summer class will allow you stay in the school-working mindset with less stress, making the transition from summer to school-year much easier.