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Summer courses can take up a chunk of summer but they do give a lot of benefits over time.

Pros and Cons of taking summer courses

June 3, 2021

Taking summer courses has both advantages and disadvantages. Many students love summer courses and many don’t. Summer classes can add space to your schedule for classes that are more interesting but they do take time away from your summer.

Pros of Summer School

One of the many good sides to taking summer classes is that it can clear up extra space in your school schedule the next year. You can take an extra elective, a free space or anything that can help get rid of some of the stress of having a lot of hard classes at once.

Some people want to get as far ahead and take as many classes as they can in one area if they know what they want to do for college. Taking one of these classes over the summer can get you a year ahead in the school year next year in that subject.

Some hard classes can be easier to take over the summer than during the school year. If it is a class that you need credit for but it is not that important to you, summer school can give you the condensed version because it is only a few weeks long instead of an entire school year. There will also be less work that you will have to do in that class.

There are also many programs that can make the process of signing up and taking a class over the summer simple, easy and quick. All you have to do is sign up and select the course you want to take, and some websites are free to use as well.

Overall, there are more pros than cons to taking summer school, but you still have to consider both the advantages and disadvantages to taking these courses.


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Cons of Summer School

There are very few cons to taking a summer class, but they can be major. Some stray away from taking courses over the summer because they feel like their summer will be taken away. Summer courses do take time out of your summer and some courses can last up to six weeks. Students may have to go to campus for a few hours every day to partake in their class. Some students hate having a few hours a week taken out of their summer, so taking a summer course is not an option.

Some courses that are offered may cost money. Many will stray away from having to pay for a summer course. Some courses can cost up to 600 dollars. People won’t want to have to pay to take a six-week long course.

Certain courses this year are offering a hybrid course. With the hybrid, students will go to campus two days a week. The hybrid courses include in-person work and instruction as well as online. Some students who were looking into taking a course over the summer may be steered away from taking one if required to attend a hybrid course. Students may not want to go to campus for a few hours a week. Many may be wary of the idea this year due to COVID-19.




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