Student loans: Responsible borrowing for painless repayment
Summer school attendance is a growing trend among students south of the border. In New York, the largest school district in the U.S., it is expected that 32 percent of public school students will attend summer school, equating to more than 300,000 students. While similar data isn’t available to show how many Canadian public school students are hitting the books in the summer, our trends are often very close to our southern neighbour’s. Many university students are choosing to get a jump on their studies during the summer, too. In fact, a report indicates that more than 35 percent of respondents were taking at least one course during the summer months.School administrators suggest a number of possibilities for this jump in enrolment: the economy, increased competition among students, the threat of repeating a grade, tuition costs…the list goes on. Regardless of the reason, there are pros and cons to attending summer school, which should be discussed with students to ensure a decision that leads to success. Below are some pros and cons to summer school to share with students during summer enrolment.Pros
There are many benefits to summer school that can help students forge ahead. These include:

  • Smaller class sizes: Summer school classes tend to have fewer students. This allows for more individualized attention and the opportunity for teacher/student interaction. If you are aware that a student struggles in a certain subject or area, you may want to suggest summer school to provide the one-on-one focus they may need for success. Promote this valuable offering with flyers and banners in guidance counsellors’ offices, at after-school tutoring programs and in study halls.
  • Complete general coursework: Summer can be a great time to knock out prerequisites and general education requirements. Getting these courses out of the way during summer school frees up time for students to focus on core curriculum or major-related courses during the school year. Promote these basic classes and prerequisites as summer course options at registration events and orientations with giveaways, such as a Swanky Pen and lip balm. Don’t forget to imprint them with the URL for your summer class offerings.
  • Decreased class loads: Taking courses during the summer can also lessen class loads during the regular school year, affording students free time to study, add an internship or catch up on R&R. Imprint the message “Forge ahead with summer school” on a sports backpack and load it with class literature, a Soda Can Travel Tumbler, some microwave popcorn and a pack of gum. These summer-school survival kits can be given out to anyone enquiring about summer classes.

Cons
Of course, with the pros come the cons. Summer school isn’t for everyone. Here are some reasons why:

  • Accelerated pace: The condensed, accelerated pace that many summer courses follow can prove difficult for some students. To be successful, students should be aware that summer courses generally meet multiple hours a day, five days a week, and that they have daily homework.
  • Less variety: During the regular school year, students may have a larger variety of class options to fulfill particular requirements. In summer school, this isn’t always the case—students will likely be limited to a few class choices.
  • No summer break: Some may say that summer school keeps students in the rhythm of going to class, studying and learning. Others would argue that summer is the perfect time for a break. If you have students who are feeling the burn, summer school may not be for them.

The benefits of summer school can be great, but it is important to discuss all angles with students as they contemplate their course schedules. Providing a balanced view of both the pros and cons can help students make decisions that lead them to success, regardless of the season.

Durand, Maria F. “More Students Forced to Take Summer School.” ABC News. ABC News Network, n.d. Web. Retrieved 14 Jan. 2014.

Lambert, J., and Usher, A.  “Making the Most of It: Canadian Student Employment in Summer 2012.” Higher Education Strategy Associates. Web. Retrieved 24 Jan. 2014.

Thinking About Summer School? Pros and Cons.” U.S. News University Directory. N.p., n.d. Web. Retrieved 14 Jan. 2014.

Allan, Laura. “The Pros and Cons of Taking Summer Classes.” Education-Portal.com. N.p., n.d. Web. Retrieved 14 Jan. 2014.

January
Monthly
Children’s Wish Month
Easter Seals Month
Fraud Prevention Month
Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month
Kidney Month
Liver Health Month
National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
National Epilepsy Month
International Expect Success Month
International Ideas Month
International Listening Awareness Month
International Mirth Month
International Women’s Month
National Nutrition Month
National Social Work Month
Optimism Month
Red Cross Month
Youth Science Festival Month
Spiritual Wellness Month
Weekly
Iditarod Race: 2-16
Universal Human Beings Week: 1-7
National Pharmacy Awareness Week: 2-7
World Glaucoma Awareness Week: 2-7
World Orphan Week: 2-7
Universal Women’s Week: 8-14
Canadian Agricultural Safety Week: 8-14
International Brain Awareness Week: 10-16
Act Happy Week: 17-23
National Francophonie Week: 17-23
International Listening Weekend:29-30
Daily
1: Self-Injury Awareness Day
2: Dr. Seuss Day:
2: Iditarod Begins
3: World Wildlife Day
4: Fasching
4: Mardi Gras
4: Pancake Day
4: Paczki Day
4: Shrovetide
8: Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace
8: Genealogy Day
8: Girls Write Now Day
8: International Women’s Day
8: International Working Women’s Day
10: International Day of Awesomeness
10: Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
11: World Plumbing Day
12: Girl Scout Birthday Day
12: Registered Dietitian Day
12: World Maths Day
13: Ta’Anit Esther
13: World Kidney Day
14: International Ask A Question Day
14: MOTH-ER Day
14: Potato Chip Day
14: Pi Day
14: World Sleep Day
15: Ides of March
15: International Sports Car Racing Day
15: International Day of Action Against Canadian Seal Slaughter
15: World Consumer Rights Day
16: Freedom of Information Day
16: Purim
16: St. Urho’s Day
17: Campfire Girls Day
17: St. Patrick’s Day
19: World Social Work Day
20: International Astrology Day (Spring Equinox)
20: International Day of Happiness 
20: French Language Day
20: Vernal Equinox (Spring)12:57 pm EDT
20: World Day of Theatre for Children and  Young People
21: International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
21: International Day of Forests and The Tree
21: International Day of Nowruz
22: International Day of The Seal
22: International Goof-off Day
22: World Day for Water
22: World Day of Metta
23: World Meteorological Day
24: International Day for the Right to the Truth Concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for Dignity of Victims
24: World Tuberculosis Day
25: International Day of Remembrance of The Victims of Slavery and The Transatlantic
25: Tolkien Reading Day
25: International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members
26: Purple Day (Epilepsy)
26-28: International Sister Cities Day
27: World Theatre Day
27-29: National 30-hour Famine
29: Niagara Falls Runs Dry Day
Submit your review
1
2
3
4
5
Submit
     
Cancel

Create your own review

Average rating:  
 0 reviews

Hot Products

Shop 4imprint's Hottest Products!

Shop Now

Sale Products

Shop 4imprint's Sale Products!

Shop Now

New Products

Shop 4imprint's Newest Products!

Shop Now

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *