summer school

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Pros and Cons of Summer Classes: Are they Right for You?

With summer enrollment nearing its end, it’s now do or die. You’re asking yourself: Should I or shouldn’t I take a class this summer?

You may be still weighing the options. Do I want to have a relaxing break, or do I want to graduate sooner? Let’s ease the decision making and examine the pros and cons of summer classes.

Pro: You can lessen your fall and spring burden if you take a few credit hours during the break. Students often find it easier to spread out their heavy load to three semesters. If your traditional semesters are too hectic, this may be the option for you.

Con: The summer catalog is typically scarcer than your fall and spring ones. If you don’t have a flexible work schedule, it may be hard to find a class that you can attend.

Pro: Summer classes often have a more relaxed atmosphere, so some students still find that they have a stress-free summer. Read the rest of this entry »

Outdoor Summer School with the Adirondack Woodsmen’s School

When I think of summer school, thoughts of algebra, grammar, and chemistry spring to the front of my mind. I would never think of learning traditional lumberjack skills, such as carving a canoe, throwing an ax, or building a fire without using matches or a lighter. But if I went to Paul Smith’s College in the Adirondack Mountains, these skills are exactly what I would be learning this summer.hiking

Paul Smith’s College is a small private college in New York. The school is one of the very few schools in the U.S. that offers degree programs in Forestry Surveying, Fish & Wildlife Recreation, and Arboriculture.

This summer, the school began to offer a new long course called the Adirondack Woodsmen’s School. Two-dozen students signed up for the program and spent two weeks of their summer sleeping under the stars and living their own adventures, lumberjack style.

“They’re a very anachronistic group,” said Brett McLeod, an assistant professor at Paul Smith’s who now directs the summer program. “They should have been born in the 1800s. They really like working with, and learning with, their hands.” Read the rest of this entry »

Top Five Benefits of Summer School

summer schoolWhy in the world would anybody want to spend their summer attending summer school classes?

Actually, there are many reasons why attending summer school is not a bad thing, and is actually a very smart move.

Here are my top five reasons:

1.    Get a head start on the classes you will be taking next semester. Sometimes, classes move way too fast for students to really keep up with the material. Consider a high school math class: When I took calculus, I was extremely confused every single day, mostly because I had not understood what we did the day before. However, if I had pre-calculus during summer school, I would have had a better understanding of the subject when I took calculus during the school year. Summer school is a great way to prepare yourself for the difficult classes you have to take during the school year.

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How to Make the Most Out of Your Summer

Girl Reading In ParkIf you’re sleeping in until 1 p.m. or spending your evenings watching the television, you’re probably wasting away summer break. The first day of school will be here before you know it. So instead of staying home to watch your favorite daytime talk show, try to be productive, and do the things you didn’t have time to do during the school year.

Here’s a list of activities that will help you make the most out of your summer:

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Benefits of Taking Summer Classes

summer schoolMy favorite three things about being in school are:
1.    June
2.    July
3.    August

Summer break. It’s a great time to recover from the stresses of college classes, final exams, and maintaining your social life. It’s can be the perfect time to focus on your social life, getting a tan, and possibly getting a summer job or summer internship so you’ll have some spending money.

Or, you could do something beneficial for your education and take summer school.

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Avoid High Tuition Blues with Community College

moneyIf there is one thing college students know it’s the high price of an advanced education. Let’s face it… college is down right expensive. There are, however, ways in which to defer the high cost of a college education. Most conversations will lead into the realm of scholarships, but this is not one of them.

The topic of this conversation is this… utilizing community colleges to decrease the cost of your overall education. Now, you are probably wondering how community college will save you money on your education, but it really is simple.  Read the rest of this entry »


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