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Summer classes a hindrance or not

habeshama

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    Hi I am a sophomore and I am thinking of taking physiology and anatomy this summer before my Junior year....I will not take the courses at my home school ,but at a different 4 year university. ... I want to take these classes so that I could get prepared for the DAT which I plan on taking Spring of my senior year. During my junior year, I am planning to take Organic chemistry I and II. I did not want to take Organic chemistry with Physiology and Anatomy because I feel that I would not be able to get the grades I want. I also did not think I would learn much taking those classes together just because all those courses require so much time commitment. I feel that it would be wise to take physiology and anatomy over the summer.
    Do you think it will look bad if I do take these courses over the summer?
    I know that it wont look good on the transcript if you take plenty of perquisite courses during the summer but does this also apply to any science classes? How about taking classes at a different university other than your home school?
    Thank You in advance
     

    habeshama

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      The "summer classes are easier" idea is an urban legend in my experience. The one's I took covered the same amount of info as a regular class.

      I don’t feel that taking Physiology and Anatomy over the summer would be easier than taking it during the school year. I just feel that I will have more time to focus on just one Physiology and Anatomy just because I am only taking those classes over the summer. The school I am taking it at combines Physiology and Anatomy together and there is a part I and a part II.

      But do you think it will not look good on my transcript if I take these classes over the summer?
      Does it matter that I am not taking it at my home school?
       
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        Taking Physiology and Anatomy over the summer is like asking for trouble. It's just a lot of memorization over a shorter time. I personally wouldn't try it but that is just me. You'd be better take them with orgo next year. Taking summer courses won't make you look bad. If you insist on taking courses over the summer maybe just orgo will do.
         

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          It doesn't look bad. I called a couple dental schools I was interested in and asked them what they thought of summer classes, and they told me they don't care when you take it as long as you do well in it. However, my advisors tell me to avoid taking pre-req classes over the summer. Either way, it doesn't matter. You could do it if you wanted - it won't look bad, but it'll be intense.
           

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            I don't think you will have a problem taking summer classes. I went to summer school 3 out of my 4 years of undergrad. Never came up when I applied. I also took some at the dreaded community college. Just give it your best, you'll be fine. If the "other" institution is another 4 yr college, you're fine. If its community college, just know that some schools don't accept the credit. For example, Tufts.

            Good luck
             

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              I say if you can bust out an A on a difficult course over the summer then do it (as long as it is at a University) and get it out of the way! I don't believe it will look bad at all as long as you can prove that you can handle a heavy course load w/ prev. and future semesters.
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              habeshama

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                I think you have it backwards. Summer classes actually look better. If you get a good grade it shows your ability to assimilate a large amount of information very quickly.

                I assumed that schools did not like it because you are cramming a whole semester of work in just 4-6 weeks. They assume that you wont learn the material well thoroughly.

                What do you guys think?
                 

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                  I assumed that schools did not like it because you are cramming a whole semester of work in just 4-6 weeks. They assume that you wont learn the material well thoroughly.

                  What do you guys think?

                  As another poster has said, you DO learn the material thoroughly because it is the same material, just over a shorter period of time. It can be argued that you actually learn it better because of the shorter time period and because you usually don't take alot of other classes at the same time.
                   

                  justaddyogurt

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                    Summer classes don't necessarily look better or worse; it just depends how well you do in those courses. I'm a student at UOP, and taking summer courses is pretty much the norm here for pre-dents. It will be more intense though, just because you're covering the same amount of material in a shorter period of time.
                     

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                      I took some summer courses. They were no easier than regular semester courses.

                      Regarding pros and cons: On the one hand, as several people have pointed out, summer courses are more intense -- you will have multiple lab sessions and problem sets per week, you may find yourself studying for an exam before your last exam is even graded, and so on and so forth.

                      On the other hand, in some ways it is easier because you don't have to juggle the sometimes-competing demands of multiple courses. And at some schools (not all), the ratio of semester time to number of courses is actually higher over the summer. Four months divided by four courses = 1 month/course. Two months divided by one course = 2 months/course.
                       

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                        I took anatomy one summer - ended up dropping it like it was hot - in general though although my school is tr--semestered - i find courses in the summer more laid back and a bit easier in my oppinion.
                         
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