Taking an Online Class over the Summer

Category: Academic Success

In a recent blog, we discussed the importance of students maximizing their summers through different avenues such as part-time jobs, internships, and taking classes. Today, we will focus on students taking summer classes.

Summer is the perfect time to either catch up or get ahead on school work. For any students who have changed their major at some point during their undergraduate career, taking a few classes to catch up can be a huge step in graduating in four years, if that is a priority for the student. For others, it can be a perfect opportunity to knock out an extra class or two and be able to have a lighter schedule in the fall and spring. Additionally, summer courses at Mizzou can be a great chance for a quick GPA boost, which is not available with courses through community colleges back home.

Students taking online classes through Mizzou have the same chance to knock out these extra credits without even having to go to campus. However, there are a couple of things to keep in mind when taking an online class, especially over the summer.

If taking summer classes at Mizzou, there are a few things to know to be successful. First, it’s important to check Canvas and student e-mail daily. Oftentimes teachers will reuse a syllabus from a previous term, and assignment due dates will be changed without much notice. However, if a student takes a proactive stance, they will be best prepared.

Also, having a calendar of when things are coming up with the class is essential. Tests will sneak up, especially around the time of the 4th of July and end of summer. For students to do well, they need to set themselves up for success.

Simply stated, not falling behind is key. There can be a lot going on with working and having more general free time during the summer, but as long as a student stays organized, a summer course should not be too much to handle. It may be a small extra chore during June and July, but students who take advantage of this opportunity will often be thanking themselves in the fall and spring months.