Lightning-Fast Learning: The McGill Summer Student Experience

While many McGill students spend their summers working seasonal jobs or jet-setting around the world, for others this supposed gap of relaxation and recreation is an extension of their years of research to graduate.

For three periods throughout the summer season, McGill offers all kinds of summer season programs in all departments of the downtown and Macdonald campuses. These programs offer an intensive alternative to semester-long programs, allowing students to earn credit quickly but in a more intensive way.

As Clement Cai of U1 Arts points out, this can be very useful for graduate students who need comprehensive or foundational programs and electives.

“If you’re a senior who’s about to start out with poor credit, taking several summer programs can help pull you together. [credits]and give you time [focus on] start,” Cai said. McGill Stand.

In addition to a return to face-to-face study, summer programs also give McGillians the opportunity to increase their stay in Montreal and experience all that the city has to offer during the summer months. From patio season to working outdoors, Montreal’s summer season has tons of memories to make. For U1 Arts’ Melissa Carter, it was one of the biggest draws to taking a summer course this year.

“I noticed a different side of Montreal than normal,” Carter said. The weather is great in the spring and summer and there are tons of parks to explore.

The smaller class size of some summer programs compared to larger prerequisite programs allows students like Cai and Carter to bond one-on-one with their classmates — bonds that might be hard to forge. throughout the winter semester, which largely begins on -line.

“My sociology class had about 40 or 50 people, and after being online for so long, everyone tried to talk to each other and form review teams,” Carter said..

Nevertheless, these intensive programs should not be without their own challenges. The fast pace of summer programs means they need different learning and review strategies to keep up with the pace and assessments.

For Carter, mastering course content immediately after class was key to overcoming the shorter time intervals between assessments.

“What did I examine?” [I] I figured it out right after class and then put my notes into Quizlet to make it easier to check the exams,” Carter said. Grandstand.

Georgia Soumakis of U1 Arts reiterated the need for constant scrutiny for people who want to follow their summer studies.

“[Summer courses] It can be solid because if you fall behind in the year, you can just catch up,” Soumakis said.

In addition to summer season programs, college students engaged in work face different challenges in balancing job prospects with college – a crucial balancing act for the many McGill college students who depend on the summer season to earn a full-time income.