With less than a week left in the semester it is time to start thinking about summer plans. Have you considered enrolling in Summer School at UC?
UC offers a wide range of undergraduate, postgraduate and preparatory courses in many different subjects so no matter what you are studying there will be a course for you!
I’ve done Summer School twice. My perception of Summer School before I did it was that it was only for people to catch up by the next year if they had failed a course. This however is a myth. UC Summer School actually offers many more benefits and students are enrolled in classes for many different reasons.
I myself decided to do papers during the summer so I could complete my degree in two and a half years rather than three. Other people wanted to take summer papers so they did not have to take as many papers during the year. Spreading out the workload like this means the semester is not so stressful and students can focus more time on their papers or even work more.
It is important to relax and recharge over the summer to get ready for the next academic year but Summer School offers a good study and holiday balance. Courses start in either November or January. Longer courses break over Christmas and New Year but many courses only run for a few weeks either before or after Christmas. This means you can have a break, work and save some money, and take an extra course or two.
For my summer school courses there was not too much class time and students were encouraged to prepare at home. Because I only had class two or three mornings a week I was still able to work more hours than during semester. A bonus which I hadn’t considered was because I was studying my student allowance carried on over the summer. This meant I actually saved more money than I would have if I had just been working full time!
Summer school also allowed me to focus solely on papers I knew I would find challenging. I chose to do the dreaded STAT101 in summer. I know I got a much higher grade than I would have during the semester if I also had to study for three other papers.
To find out more about Summer School or to view the courses on offer visit https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/get-started/summer-school/.
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Here at the University of Canterbury, Summer School is offered in two sessions: a November session and a January session. This means that you can still catch up on uni work without sacrificing your entire summer. Summer School does not need to run continuously. You can do two papers in any one of these sessions. Last summer, I completed two classes by distance in both November and January. This was to catch up on points I’d missed out on the previous year and doing it by distance was appealing so I could work at the same time without worrying about making it to a lecture at a specific time. I ended up taking Introduction to New Zealand Treaty Society in November and How and Why People Learn in January. Both were very interesting, easy to follow papers. Throughout summer I didn’t worry about having to get back into studying once the uni year started again but also didn’t feel as though I had sacrificed my entire summer. It really was a best of both worlds situation for me.
I’m still undecided as to whether I’ll do Summer School again this year but I wouldn’t rule it out. It was a good experience for me last summer and lightening up my course load for 2021 is a tempting idea. UC has introduced a greater number of distance study options for summer 2020/2021 so it’s more tempting than ever to get ahead.
There are papers offered for most degrees, and there’s always the option of signing up for a PACE internship. This allows to you complete 15 or 30 points over the summer whilst gaining work experience. This can be very helpful in searching for jobs and can help you stand out from the crowd.
Summer School can be covered by study link and you may be eligible for living costs throughout this time also. You can complete up to 30 points per summer. It’s a great opportunity and worth it if you’re willing to put in that extra bit of effort. Don’t think that you can’t work or go on holiday just because of Summer School. When I completed 30 points over summer I was working at least 30 hours a week and managed to squeeze in a two week holiday too. Summer School is absolutely worth it and I strongly encourage you to look at the course catalogue to see if any papers are appealing to you. You might just discover a new passion or interest. I know I did.
Want to get ahead in your studies? Enrolments are now open for all UC’s Summer School courses, including the courses starting in January 2021.
This year UC has more undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses in a range of subjects for you to choose from over summer, including 28 courses you can complete by distance and 87 on campus courses.
Summer study is a great way to shorten the time it takes to complete your degree, retake a course you failed during the year, spread your workload or pick up a prerequisite course.
Check out the range of courses available and enrol today.