Students struggle with summer
By Ashley Spahn
Is it possible to cram a 16-week session into an
intensive six-week session?
This is a question many Cleveland State University students ask themselves
half way into the class this summer. The university offers two six-week
sessions in the summer.
Based on an informal survey done with 50 students, 80 percent of them
said its extremely hard and overwhelming when taking courses in
the 300 and 400 levels.
Fifteen percent of the students say they are willing to settle for a
lower grade because theyre taking three or more courses. In the
300- and 400-level courses, 90 percent of the students say they spend
twice as many hours studying in the summer.
The same question posed to 20 professors who revealed their mixed feelings
about the summer session. When asked if the classes are equivalent to
the 16-week sessions, 60 percent of the professors said it is equivalent
and that it also depends on the students attitude.
Ninety percent of the professors said they enjoy teaching in the 16-week
session instead of the six-week session. They claim there is a better
student-teacher relationship in the regular 16-week session.
These students and professors interviewed agree that the six-week session
is much more intense. Also, students need a positive work ethic to succeed
and learn from the course in the short session, they said.