Many students consider taking summer school classes for a variety of reasons but can't be sure if the benefits outweigh the cons. Here are the top ten reasons why summer school is an excellent option for many students:
1. More time to learn. Many classes, especially math and chemistry, can be difficult for students to keep up with. Missing just one basic concept can put a student behind for the remainder of the semester. Taking summer classes will give students the opportunity for more time to learn and master a subject before moving on the following year.
2. A different approach. Summer school also provides a different approach to learning than classes in the regular school year. Summer classes are generally smaller and more relaxed, allowing for more one on one time between teachers and students. This gives students time for more questions to be answered and a better understanding to be gained.
3. Second chances. Failing a class during the regular school year is not only embarrassing for students, but it also puts them behind. Rather than taking failed classes again in the fall semester, summer school gives students a second chance to take the class while the subject matter is still fresh on their minds and without putting the students behind their classmates.
4. Sole concentration. Another great reason to take summer classes is because they can be the student’s sole concentration. If a student is required to take a class he knows will be difficult, choosing summer school will give him the opportunity to make the class his only focus, thus increasing his chance for success.
5. Raise GPA. College scholarships often depend on earning and maintaining a certain grade point average. If core classes throughout the school year cause a student’s GPA to drop, taking easy classes during the summer can help raise the student’s GPA without causing her to fall behind schedule.
6. Extra credit hours. Summer classes are excellent for providing student’s the opportunity to earn extra credit hours. This allows students who are behind to graduate on time. It also allows for extra classes to be taken towards earning minor or a second major.
7. Finish school more quickly. Along the same lines as above, summer school will allow students who are on schedule to graduate early. This is especially helpful for students who have long-term plans for graduate school or professional programs.
8. Meet new people. One benefit of summer classes that is often overlooked is the opportunity to meet new people. Summer school is available to students from all areas, including those who may only be in town for the summer. This gives students the opportunity to meet like minded peers and possibly even make some new friends.
9. Networking. In addition to meeting peers, the one on one time students often have with teachers in summer classes provides the opportunity to network with well respected members of the community. Developing professional relationships with summer school teachers will increase potential references, connections, and job opportunities in the future.
10. Flexibility. It can be difficult for working students to balance work, school, and extra-curricular activities. Taking summer school gives students the flexibility they need to work around their school schedules. Summer classes are often scheduled later or earlier than regular classes and give students the flexibility necessary for any part-time or full-time job.