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Do you prefer the quarter system or the semester system?

AnnoyinggirlAnnoyinggirl - Posts: 215 Junior Member
edited April 2011 in California Colleges
Except for getting to graduate earlier, I really can't think of anything else that's positive about the quarter system. I think schools should give students to choose which one they want , if they don't want to get rid of the quarter system. i mean, most high schools and grad schools run on a quarter system! So why would you put students on a quarter system just to mess with them?

Yes I understand many people want to graduate early so they prefer the quarter system, but what's the point of graduating early if you can't get good grades, which might prevent you from getting your degree?

And there's the point some people make about having the pain in the classes you don't like over with quicker. Well, smart people take classes they don't find painful. Plus, it's more painful if you have to cram everything and fail because the class doesn't give you enough time for it, and before you know you have a final! And then BAM! You failed! And then you have to retake the course, which makes the "pain" even longer than semester system!

So what's your take?Quarter system or semester?
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Replies to: Do you prefer the quarter system or the semester system?

  • hesdjjimhesdjjim Registered User Posts: 561 Member
    I'm fine either way.

    The classes on the quarter system are modified to fit the quarter system. I've found that as long as you show up to class, and you do not fall behind, you should be fine on the quarter system. On some of the more complicated courses, they may introduce another quarter of it. For example, on the semester system, a full Calculus curriculum takes three semesters. On the quarter system, it takes four quarters. It's just a different way of time management.

    Most students who fail on the quarter system, probably would have failed just as bad on the semester system.
  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus Registered User Posts: 63,002 Senior Member
    Interestingly, each has minor advantages in terms of jobs and careers.

    a. Semester system schools end the academic year a month earlier than quarter system schools, giving students small head start on seeking summer jobs or jobs after graduation.

    b. At quarter system schools, taking a term off to do a co-op job sets your graduation back only 1/3 of a year instead of 1/2 of a year.
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