12 May

3 Reasons Your Student Should Consider Taking Summer Classes

Looking for ways to help your student stay productive this summer? Taking a college-level course or two at a community college could be the perfect fit. Here are three reasons your student should consider adding academics this summer:

1. Saving time.

For many students, summer hours are wasted away in front of the TV (or worse yet–sleeping well into the afternoon!); but taking a course at a community college could help your student get ahead of the game when fall rolls around. Earning college credits now can save time during the college years, and may even help your student graduate with a degree a semester early.

Another bonus of taking summer courses? Many community colleges offer accelerated classes, so with a little extra work your student could earn credit for a semester-long course in a matter of weeks instead of months.

2. Saving money.

Let’s face it–the college years are expensive. Community colleges, however, charge much less tuition per course than a 4-year college or university, so if your child can finish the same (or equivalent) class at a community college now, why pay more for him or her to take it at a 4-year college later? It can translate into getting a discount on those college credits!

3. Staying “fit” for the school year.

One of the hardest parts about the “back-to-school” season is that many students feel their study and writing skills–as well as their enthusiasm for and motivation to pursue schoolwork–have atrophied over the summer break. Too much play and no work makes the transition back to a class schedule and exams tough. Completing one or two classes over the long vacation may help your student remain focused and in the learning zone for the next school year.

If summer classes sound appealing, I encourage your to do more research. Talk to your student’s high school counselor or a college admissions officer and find out which courses offered at your local community college will transfer for credit at your child’s future (or current) college or university.

All the best,
Deborah Fox

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