Taking freshman college courses during the summer before college can be a very good idea. Here are just a few reasons to consider it:
1) It’s a good way to reduce the stress of your freshman college year. If you can knock off only one of your required freshman college courses by taking a course online or at a local college, you can clear your schedule and your mind for freshman year.
2) You can use summer courses to prepare for freshman college courses that you will take in September. If you will have to take a writing course, for example, why not take one during the summer before college as a trial run? It’s a smart way increase your odds of success in September when the course will really “count.”
3) You can explore possible majors. If you’re thinking of majoring in business, accounting, pre-med or another specific subject area, taking courses in those areas can be a reduced-risk way to help you make up your mind. (And possibly avoid being one of those students who changes majors two or three times.)
4) You can prepare for placement exams once you arrive in college. If you take a summer course in math or a language, for example, you might be able to place out of freshman college courses and move ahead.
5) You can build yourself up in weak areas. Let’s face it – we all have them. Maybe you secretly know you are a slow reader, or that you have forgotten most of the algebra you learned when you were in ninth grade. If so, taking review classes can be a great way to build a foundation for success during your summer before college.
There are a lot of reasons to take freshman college courses the summer before college. Did I miss one? Please leave a comment.