Grades in summer sessions are higher because the classes are small, productive and consistently on students’ minds.
According to an April 24 University Star article, 34.2 percent of students received A’s in the fall. In the spring, 34.5 percent of students made A’s, and 42.9 percent received the same letter grade for summer session I. In summer session II, the student grade percentage of A’s was 39.6. Summer grades are not higher because the classes are easier. The grades are higher because the classes are more efficient and more personable.
The summer sessions are typically half as full as the fall or spring semesters. The smaller class sizes allow for a more personable atmosphere between other students and teachers. Having smaller groups of students in every class makes it easier for students to focus and learn. The teachers have a better understanding of their students’ needs because they interact with them on a daily basis. This interaction provides students with more incentive to learn and do well, producing better grades.
The overall productivity of the summer sessions also contributes to higher grades. While some students find it difficult to work at such a rapid pace, others find the pace helpful. This is because most of the classes are on a daily basis, and the material is easier to learn. There is generally more outside work that has to be done for a class, but this also contributes to a better learning of the material. The teachers are dedicated to providing students with the appropriate amount of material in a short amount of time. The students participating in summer classes are generally more dedicated to their coursework because summer classes are more of an option for students, unlike regular classes in the fall or spring.
Since the classes are every day, it is easier for students to remember to study or do their homework. There are no days or classes in-between for students to forget to keep up with their studies. Attending class every day may be a hassle, but missing a lecture is more of a challenge because a large chunk of material is covered in a single day. Attending class and taking good notes are essential to succeeding in summer classes. Summer courses are a wise choice for students who want to work toward completing their degrees outside of the traditional school year.
According to the same article, summer grades are proven to be higher than the grades in both the fall and spring semesters. The overall environment of summer courses is what contributes to higher grade point averages. Summer classes provide students with a wonderful opportunity to choose how fast or how slow they want to finish their degrees.