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Quarter Vs. Semester

feifei Posts: 688. Member
edited September 2011 in College Life
I don't see how the quarter system is better than the semester system? quarter system is 10 weeks and semester system is 16. I would rather than more time to study and learn the subject rather than do everything at once in ten weeks. I heard that more and more colleges are converting from quarter to semester now.
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  • IcarusIcarus Posts: 4,336Registered User Senior Member
    not the UCs!! :)
    personally, I like the quarter system. The one bad thing is that midterms start up around third or fourth week (right now for us), and dont end until right before finals. But in the end, I like the shorter terms. I don't think I could stand some of these classes for 16 weeks.
  • protonproton Posts: 1,021Registered User Senior Member
    i've been on both the quarter and semester systems. the thing about semester systems is that if you drop a class it takes like a year to make it up... but for a quarter system you have like three different chances to make the class up within a period of one year... so with the quarter system its easier to play ketchup.
  • feifei Posts: 688. Member
    berkeley has the semester system..and I heard that other UCs are also talking about converting.
  • IcarusIcarus Posts: 4,336Registered User Senior Member
    I haven't heard anything about converting - and I really hope they don't. It would be a massive, gargantuan logistics task to switch over, I would think. Every single class would have to be restructured and assigned new units, etc. etc.
  • tenisghstenisghs Posts: 3,955Registered User Senior Member
    Yeah Icarus, with the quarters, you have more freedom in choosing your classes. If you need to drop or you're failing before the dropping deadline, you can make the class up before the year is over without hurting your gpa. I dropped a course in the Fall and plan to take it again in the Spring.
  • DeviantDeviant Posts: 122Registered User Junior Member
    My current high school runs on semester schedules, and I prefer it. Having never been to college yet (will be in Fall 2005), I'm not sure their semester schedules differ from high schools. From everything I've heard about the college academic system, it sounds a lot like my high school. Correct me if I'm wrong, but college freshmen are just taking academics and some prerequisites for future majors, and then chooses a major at the end of the year and is in that major for the next three years if they pursue a Bachelor's, with an option to drop/change majors and classes at the beginning of the year/semester.

    My high school is a vocational high school. High school freshmen experience each "major" (we call them shops) and apply to enter them at the end of the year. Then they study that major for the next three years and everything after that.

    Our semesters are like colleges too, or so I've heard. Some may take math one semester, and Science the next.

    Are there anymore advantages/disadvantages to the semester over quarter scheduling? How can a prospective student find out if their school runs on semester or quarter schedule?
  • tenisghstenisghs Posts: 3,955Registered User Senior Member
    Semesters in college IS TOTALLY DIFFERENT (well not 100% but they're not the same) than in high school.
  • DeviantDeviant Posts: 122Registered User Junior Member
    How so? How drastic would it be to adjust?
  • sybbie719sybbie719 Posts: 16,934Super Moderator Senior Member
    Deviant,

    College is an adjustment period and makes high school seem like a day on the beach on your worst day.

    Daughter attends a school that runs on a quarter system. The same amount of work that is covered in a 16 week period is covered in 10 (actually less than 10 when you back out time for 2 rounds of midterms and finals). The time frame which to get things done (drop a class, change a section, excercise a credit/o credit option) usually happens with in the first few days before you really get acclimated to the class.

    If you are sick (out with the flu) during a 10 week class it is a major chunk of work. I know my daughter has professors where 3 absences will result in an automatic drop in grades, because you don't have the luxury of those 6 extra weeks to make up work.. Took a history class where professor assigned 200 pages per night (600 pages a week) short essays each night and a quiz on the reading at the beginning of each class, whwile you are still balancing work for your other classes.

    What happens if you have a hhard science with labs (takes up a lot of your time).
  • tenisghstenisghs Posts: 3,955Registered User Senior Member
    Exactly, Sybbie. the best way to tackle quarter systems is to break everything apart into chunks. Don't wait til the day before it's due to do the work. Start once you get the assignment so that you don't feel overwhelm. This is critically important as upperclassmen face larger and longer assignments than freshmen.
  • feifei Posts: 688. Member
    I like semester system because it gives me more time to prepare for tests hehe..
  • toretore Posts: 1,341Registered User Member
    Semester: All my favorite schools.
  • tenisghstenisghs Posts: 3,955Registered User Senior Member
    Also, Sybbie, courses that cannot be reduced to one quarter divide themelves into two sequences. For example, my urban history course is two-quarters long.
  • exilioexilio Posts: 793Registered User Member
    Quarter system rules..especially if you get a lame professor...and most of them are lame.
  • sybbie719sybbie719 Posts: 16,934Super Moderator Senior Member
    courses that cannot be reduced to one quarter divide themelves into two sequences

    I hear you tenisghs, as it puts more pressure on because the situation becomes all or nothing. It can be a pain if you had an amazing experience in part one then the experience in part 2 is so bad that you literally count the days for it to be over.
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