Study Tips: Pros and Cons of Summer Classes

Summer classes require balancing relaxed mood with intense pace

LBJ Statue with two students in background

Summer on campus: There’s more room to walk but more need for focus.

By Texas State SLAC

It’s summer at Texas State. Parking’s closer. Traffic’s lighter. The river and its banks are less crowded. On campus, you can walk without dodging skateboards and bikes. Classrooms seem bigger — you don’t trip over backpacks as you squeeze between desks. If professors don’t mind, you can even prop up your flip-flops.

Only one problem: The seemingly relaxed pace doesn’t extend to studying for summer classes. If you don’t get your textbooks and the syllabus early, you may saunter unprepared into a lecture on two chapters — or an entire book! 

During summer sessions, it’s important to prepare before classes and keep up with assignments. Expect papers each week or two, tests on Mondays, and homework every night. Remember, you’ve signed up to complete 14 weeks worth of work in just 4 1/2 weeks!

Intensity has pluses. You’ll be working with focused students who are broader in age range and experiences. Some will be seasoned professionals honing skills or redirecting their careers. Also, motivated students in small classes can mean accessible, involved professors. As a result, in-class discussions can be more interesting and study groups can draw from the variety of students’ experiences. Take advantage of this mix and use the strengths of your classmates.

On-campus study resources are still available throughout the summer: The Student Learning Assistance Center (SLAC), the Writing Center, the Math Lab and many other tutoring labs open as soon as the summer semester begins. In addition, the Alkek Library, the LBJ Student Center and the Student Recreation Center are open and far less crowded than during the fall and spring semesters.

Summer school equals work, but it offers a refreshing change of pace and can be one of college’s best experiences!

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