College Teaching Tip of the Week – Vol. 1 Issue 1

Teaching College Students During the Summer

Summer courses are compressed, but many of your students only think about them being shorter. Make sure your students understand that they will need to work harder. The old  Rule of Thumb says students should study 2 to 3 hours for each hour in class, but that applies for 16-week semesters. If you are teaching a 3 credit hour course in an 8-week summer session that translates to 12 to 18 hours. If you are teaching a 4-week section, that becomes 24 to 36 hours.

Keep in mind that you may have students who think like the one who criticized a summer college instructor with this written comment:  “He should realize that over the summer students have other priorities.”

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