4 Quick Tips for Getting Through Summer School Without Missing Out on Summer Fun
In order to complete the MBA degree on time, students often need to take summertime classes. Some students worry about missing out on weekends at the cabin, time at the lake, evenings out with friends and other rituals that make summer in Minnesota the most enjoyable time of year. In this part of the country, summer always seem too short. Three months fly by in a blink.
If you find yourself in summer school this year, here are a few tips to help you get through your coursework without missing out on the best season of the year.
First, get organized. Summer courses pack a lot of material into a short period of time and organization is key. Look at the syllabus and fill out a daily calendar of what you want to get done by when. This will allow you to see which weeks require extra time and which ones offer a lighter load. Plan your trip up north around these milestones and you won’t need to miss out on the fun.
Second, take advantage of daylight savings time. Minnesota summers offer some of the longest daylight hours in the country. While we can’t lay claim as the land of the midnight sun, daylight here stretches for more than 15 hours. With sunrise before 5:30AM, the sun streams through the bedroom window early enough to make getting out of bed easier. Set your alarm for an hour earlier than usual and use the extra hour to motor through a bit of schoolwork before the day’s distractions begin.
Third, try the divide and conquer method. Work with another student whose study habits and work style match yours. If you belong to a cohort, this should come easily. Go through the syllabus with your study buddy and figure out ways to divvy up the reading or other work to lighten the load.
Last, get creative. Perhaps you can rent your textbook in audio format and listen to the course readings when commuting to work or on the trip up to the lake. Seek out the advice of a former student who has taken the course and ask for tips to make the workload more manageable in summer. Search for online study guides and other aides to help you digest difficult subject matter and make better use of your time.
Don’t miss out on summer just because you are in the throes of finishing your MBA. With a little pre-planning and creative problem solving, you can get your degree and enjoy summer without missing a beat.
Written by Diane Fittipaldi, MBA Professor
“I consider myself a recovering ad exec. I’m a scholar. A researcher. A professor. I believe personal stories inspire change. I spend my time investigating issues of age and gender equality in the workplace, hoping to discover structural solutions to systemic problems. I enjoy my home at St. Kate’s – an organization on that wholeheartedly supports me in these endeavors giving me a platform to affect change.”