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Is 2 Summer Classes in 6 Weeks Doable?

moistpotato123moistpotato123 1 replies7 threadsRegistered User New Member
I am an incoming Freshman and I plan on taking General Ed classes: English Comp and Calculus 1. I have taken AP English Lit and AP Calculus BC and have received a B and an A in the classes. I will be staying on the campus from about 7:35 to 5:40, and is a 20-minute commute. Will this be doable?
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  • skieuropeskieurope 39213 replies6997 threadsSuper Moderator Super Moderator
    edited June 1
    Two courses during summer session at most colleges is considered the normal full load. With your background, it should be no problem.

    Although, unless you totally bombed the AP exams, or your college does not use AP credit toward the writing requirement, I have to wonder why you are taking these courses.
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  • LilacSoulLilacSoul 191 replies4 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Doesn’t sound fun at all but I don’t see why it shouldn’t be doable. Neither class is particularly difficult.
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  • Savage101Savage101 135 replies6 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    If taking classes is all you're doing, then it is perfectly normal. However, if you are trying to combine your classes with a job or internship, I do not recommend that.

    also, if you can get the AP credit with your AP exams, idk why you are retaking classes you can already get credit for.
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  • bopperbopper 14067 replies100 threadsForum Champion CWRU Forum Champion
    Summer Courses

    1) If you took these AP classes, did you take the AP tests? Why not see what you got on the AP tests to see if you need to take it?

    2) Why start early? Is this a special program? if not, don't do this. There is no need to.

    3) Check with your college to see what courses would be accepted. Talk to your adviser.

    4) Do you have financial aid for college? If so, how do you pay for summer classes?

    5) Summer classes are condensed...You take 15 weeks of classes in 8 or 6 or 4 weeks. Remember that each "week" of a typical 3 credit class is 3 hours of the class + 2 to 3 hours of studying/reading/homework per class hour, so that means 9-12 hours of work per "week"...so if you are taking a 6 week summer course, you have to fit 15 x 10 hours (for ease) in 6 weeks, so that would be 25 hours per week per course. So two 6 week classes are 50 hours/week which is more than the equivalent of a full time job. Do nothing else but these courses.

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  • RichInPittRichInPitt 907 replies12 threadsRegistered User Member
    In theory, this workload is about the same as 5 courses over a full 15-week semester, which is fairly typical. So if it's all you're doing, it should be doable.
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  • joeytheduckjoeytheduck 10 replies5 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    if you already got college credit for those why take them again? move on to classes you need to take to finish
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  • bopperbopper 14067 replies100 threadsForum Champion CWRU Forum Champion
    The OP is an incoming freshman...I say take NO classes this summer! (unless it is a special "get started in college" program)
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  • momtogirls2momtogirls2 811 replies4 threadsRegistered User Member
    First if you have a merit scholarship from the school see if you can take summer classes before freshman year without losing aid. Secondly do you even need these two classes? If you want a refresher do a free online class. If it is a special school summer program that is different.
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  • zeusintosh67zeusintosh67 3 replies2 threadsRegistered User New Member
    I'm taking two upper-division courses (one online and one hybrid) this summer. One upper-div is to fulfill my university's upper-division elective requirement (not related to major). The other is a hybrid upper-division Econ class (I'm an economics major) that is only offered in the summer by a certain professor. It's to fulfill my Econ elective requirement.

    I took English 101 in the summer when I was filling my lower-division requirements. During basically every lecture, the professor told us we were "getting away with murder" by taking it in the summer, as, to quote him "I usually assign 5 extra essays and 2 more film analysis papers during the Fall and Spring semesters, so you people are getting away with highway robbery and robbing me blind."

    I would have loved to of taken a summer Statistics or Calculus (Business Calculus) course, but sadly my university doesn't offer Mathematics courses in the summer. Usually best to knock out the harder classes in the summer if you can.

    If you don't work and those are the only two classes you're taking, you'll be fine. Best of luck.
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