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How Many Summer School Classes Should I Take?

pierre0913pierre0913 Posts: 7,563Registered User Senior Member
edited May 2010 in Parents Forum
I am taking summer school classes since I failed Calculus II last semester and I want to get my general education classes over with.

I'm thinking of taking:

Calculus II For Science And Engineers (4 credits)
American Literature II (3 credits)
World Regional Geography (3 Credits)

Is 10 credits too much? The classes range from 1-2 months long (June 1st to July 1st/26th). I had a 2.5 GPA freshman year (which is why I'm taking summer classes) and I don't know if that's too much to handle. I'm taking classes at my local community college which should be easier compared to classes at my college.
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Replies to: How Many Summer School Classes Should I Take?

  • eddieodessaeddieodessa Posts: 1,725Registered User Senior Member
    Will you be trying to hold down a job at the same time?
  • MD MomMD Mom Posts: 6,728Registered User Senior Member
    Summer classes are condensed and move very quickly. I would not take more than two at once. If a class is really only one month long, I would only take one class at a time. Taking summer classes will make next school year seem very long.
  • momofsongbirdmomofsongbird Posts: 1,236Registered User Senior Member
    What else do you have going on simultaneously? It sounds like a heavy load to me unless you intend to make school the main focus of your summer.
  • GeekMom63GeekMom63 Posts: 1,957Registered User Senior Member
    It sounds like a heavy load to me even if you DO make school the main focus of your summer! I think you should take two max. Good luck with whatever you decide.
  • pierre0913pierre0913 Posts: 7,563Registered User Senior Member
    I was thinking about doing a part-time job but if I do take 2-3 classes, I will probably not work this summer and make school the focus of my summer.
  • MD MomMD Mom Posts: 6,728Registered User Senior Member
    Look at the class schedule carefully. If you took any once a week classes this year, a summer class that meets three times a week for three hours a day--for example--would have three times as much work in a week as the once a week class did. You might also talk to a professor where you plan to take the classes and get an idea of workload.
  • college_querycollege_query Posts: 2,464Registered User Senior Member
    Summer classes can be very intense, depending on the schedule. At the university I work for, we have two 5 week sessions and also an 8 week session. I think 10 credits is way too much to handle.

    My daughter took a summer college algebra class a couple of years ago, and after spending two hours in class each day four days a week, she had at least 3 hours of homework each night. That's five hours - if you doubled that for two classes, you'd be spending around 10 hours a day if your workload was similar.
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