When school's out for summer, there's a lot of celebrating. But when summer means more school for your college student, there can be a lot of complaining and a loss of motivation. Help your student think positively and get the most out of summer school by keeping these things in mind:
By taking classes during the summer, your student can knock out some required courses, so he's ready to jump into his major come the fall semester. For classes he's less than thrilled to take but needs, getting them out of the way during a summer semester can help. Those classes can be more laid back and feel less demanding than during a full-blown semester.
By not taking any breaks in schooling - even in summer - your student will save money. While he'll pay either way for the class and textbooks during the regular semester or summer school, he'll save money in the long run. Racking up the credit hours will help him reach his graduation requirements faster, thereby shaving off a semester or two of college and saving all the money that goes along with that - living expenses, spending money, etc.
Many campuses clear out for summer and classes have fewer students, which presents a unique opportunity to build community with peers and professors. By jumping into the summer school camaraderie, your student will build friendships and establish relationships with classmates and professors for future networking.
If your student has failed a class - or his GPA is lagging - summer school is the best time to retake a class or bulk up on classes that will boost the GPA. After a summer of studying and going over material, your student will start the next semester off with higher confidence and a better foundation for more advanced classes.
In order to still have some benefits of summer, like living at home and seeing old friends, your student might be able to take classes at a nearby community college. If the credits transfer, you can save money on tuition and living expenses while still furthering your student's education.