The Summer School Myth

Please. I've heard enough. I have been told by many, many students about penalties related to taking courses (especially ENG4U) in summer school. This is a myth. It angers me to see students trying to put down other students from taking courses in summer school. Listen, if you don't want to "waste" your summer, thats fine. However, don't go telling others lies about how universities deduct marks because of summer school. Why should they penalize students that want to learn more? Why should they deduct marks because students go out of their way for their education? Please, don't take my word for it. Here is an excerpt from a Waterloo professor's blog on taking courses in summer school:

"When asked, I rarely advocate doing summer school unless it’s necessary for some specific reasons.  I would rather see our applicants get some “real world” work, volunteer, or other experiences that will look good on their AIF and their resume when applying for that first co-op employment experience in our engineering programs.  Employers are not impressed by summer school.

So, back to the original question.  Should we penalize applicants who take summer school courses?  No, this (and other data we have reviewed) doesn’t seem to suggest there is a strong reason to implement any penalties.  Any advantage is pretty minor, especially considering all the other variables that could be involved. "

Hopefully everything has been cleared up. Please follow the link to learn more about the other summer school myth: "Boosting grades."

See you soon,


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