Students look forward to summer as a time to work and save money for the upcoming school year or to not have any homework and take big trips. Some students, however, will be staying around campus and filling their summer with more classes and schoolwork.
Taking classes during the summer break can ease the workload in future semesters and allow for even more one on one time with professors.
Professor Bodrero, math professor at Snow College, states that summer classes are not for the faint in heart. When asked about the work load, he said, “Regular summer classes typically go at twice the pace because there are 7 – 8 weeks instead of 15. Maymester goes at 4-5 times the pace because the same work is done in about 3 – 4 weeks.
Note that 6 credits in the summer is considered full-time while it is 12 credits in the regular semester. For math and science (and many other classes) the rule of thumb of two hours outside of class for every hour in class still applies.
That means students will be spending twice as much time each day on work for each class, again because there is half the time (or even less in Maymester). If a student takes a 3-credit Maymester class, I recommend that they focus only on that class and do not take other classes or try to work as well. Students who do work during Maymester spread themselves too thin and generally don’t do as well in the course because they can’t put in all the time required.”
The average number of students varies with the subject and difficulty of class, however many classes average around 12-15 students in summer/Maymester classes.
The classes may be smaller and might seem more relaxed with people wearing flip-flops and shorts, however the professors still hold students to the same expectations as they would during the normal academic semesters. Students are expected to complete the same homework and the tests are the same difficulty as a regular semester class. Although it may seem more casual, the same work needs to be accomplished.
For students considering taking a Maymester or summer class, Professor Bodrero suggests, “To prepare for summer, contact the instructor and get your text information ahead of time. Waiting three days for a book to arrive in summer or Maymester is like waiting 6 days to 12 days in a regular semester. As with a regular semester, plan out a schedule and stick to it. Do NOT get behind because at the accelerated rate, it is much harder to get caught back up.”
Students can now register for Maymester and summer classes on badgerweb.snow.edu