5 Tips to Survive Summer Classes

It feels like we were just talking about April showers and May flowers, but the increasingly warm weather outside means it’s officially summer in Houston.

But that doesn’t mean all Bauer students are on vacation.

Over the next few weeks, many students will brave the heat and humidity to come to campus for classes during the summer semesters.

If you’re one of the select few, you might feel like you’re going to miss out on all the fun summer has to offer. But the good news is there are several ways you can still make the most of the season.


Soak Up The Sun.

Just because you’re going to spend most of your summer preparing for quizzes and exams doesn’t mean you won’t have any time to enjoy the season. Find ways to incorporate summer activities into your daily routine so the summer semester will actually feel like summer. Studying at the beach or outside on a breezy day will help you soak up the sun and relax — while also keep you on track in your classes.


Plan for Success.

Because summer classes are significantly shorter than regular semester courses, the material is covered at a much faster pace, making it easier to fall behind. Procrastinating at any point throughout a summer course can sabotage your grade, so it’s important to keep up with your reading and homework. Devote time to each class daily and keep yourself accountable by scheduling your study sessions with a planner.


Treat Yourself.

It’s not always easy to stay focused during the summer, but you can keep yourself motivated by rewarding yourself with the many refreshing treats Houston has to offer. Treat yourself for an efficient study session with ice cream from one of the city’s popular dessert stops (here’s a list of 15 popular options), or pick up an iced coffee on the way to classes.


You’re Not Alone.

It can be easy to feel discouraged when most of your friends are enjoying their summer away from campus. But building a network of support while you’re taking classes will help the load feel lighter. Network with peers in your summer courses to keep yourself motivated and accountable for studying, and inform your friends and family about your schedule so they can plan social activities accordingly.


Keep the End in Mind.

Summer classes might not always be fun, but taking them can lead to many long-term benefits. Getting classes out of the way over the summer can help your fall coursework feel lighter, save you money and even set you up to graduate early. So when your motivation is feeling low, remember the struggle now will pay off in the long run.

By Priscilla Aceves


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