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Taking summer classes has tons of benefits. Summer school is a great way to get pesky requirements out of the way, lighten your course load for the upcoming fall semester, or to concentrate all your energies in a particularly difficult class. However, it can be challenging to focus in class knowing that you could be outside enjoying summer.

Summer classes are typically shorter (four to eight weeks long approximately) which means you’ll have to learn a semester worth of material in a considerably shorter amount of time, and you’ll probably have to attend class every day for longer hours. But, don’t worry. With the right mindset and following these tips, summer classes will be over in no time!

1. Stay organized

It’s hard enough to keep track of all the assignments, projects, and tests during the regular semester. During the summer, you’ll have to get everything done in half the time, so make sure you write down all important deadlines in your trusty planner. Remember to schedule time for yourself and with your friends so you don’t burn yourself out.

2. Remember it’s still summer!

Yes, you should go to all of your classes and study hard, but you don’t have to miss out on all the stuff going on around you. Take a weekend trip to the beach or to a music festival, or tag along with your friends and have a fun summer adventure. Of course, without compromising your studies. Enjoy the nice weather while you can, even if that just means studying outside.

3. Don’t skip class

I’m sure your bed is super comfy and I know there are so many things you’d rather be doing, but don’t skip class. Instead of 50 minute lectures, summer classes are usually around an hour and a half long, so, if you skip class, you’ll be missing out on a lot more material and it’ll be harder to catch on later. And, because it’s summer, professors will be going over material quicker than in the fall, and you don’t want to fall behind.

4. Don’t procrastinate

Of course this is easier said than done, but it’s still equally important. The sooner you get your assignments and readings done, the sooner you’ll be free to hang out with friends and enjoy your summer. If necessary, consider going to the library right before or after class so you won’t get distracted. Remember that since classes are condensed, you’ll have more homework to complete every night, so it’s best to get it out of the way as soon as possible.

5. Keep in touch with your friends

The hardest part about summer is not seeing our best friends on a daily basis anymore. It can even be a little depressing if, for example, your roommate’s home for the summer and you’re coming home to an empty apartment. Thankfully, in this day and age all of our friends are just a text message away. I may not talk to my best friends every single day, but we do Snapchat each other at least once a day, even if it’s just to say we’re bored. See if it’s possible to visit some of your friends if you’re not too far away. Before you know it, you’ll be reunited once again.

6. Maintain perspective

Yes, it’s awful that you’re stuck inside studying and it’s such a beautiful day outside. But, if you think about it, eight weeks (or four, or six) is really not a long time. You’ll be done before you even know it, so, for now, buckle up and get the work done. Since classes are moving at an accelerated pace, you’re probably doing a lot more reading and completing longer assignments than in the regular semester, but, at the same time, you’re probably taking one to three classes (and that’s what you should do if you don’t want to overwork yourself) so you have more time to devote to a particular subject without having to worry about anything else.

Best of luck, prospies!



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Clarissa Gallardo is a sophomore at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Originally from Panama City, Panama (only place in the world where you can see the sun rise in the Pacific and set on the Atlantic!), she is majoring in Mechanical Engineering and minoring in Mathematics and Ballet. A member of the Honors Program and dancer at heart, you can find her studying at the library, scrolling through her Tumblr feed , dancing, or reading. Clarissa has a really bad case of wanderlust and is obsessed with white chocolate mochas, The Big Bang Theory, and Doctor Reid from Criminal Minds. You can follow her on Twitter and on Tumblr.

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