Many students choose to take classes in the summer. The eight-week-long summer quarter has many differences from the normal school year. Rumors circulate about the content and difficulty of the classes. The Post has endeavored to answer some of those questions.
Pierce College Puyallup student Genelyn Fattamag was able to simply encompass the central differences between summer quarter and the other quarters.
“It’s faster and there are less students,” Fattamag said.
Piercesummer.com boasts that Pierce College summer quarter offers 20 percent more core classes, a faster learning experience of only eight weeks, and smaller classes that meet as little as twice a week.
While a shorter quarter sounds nice, is it really a good thing? Some accuse summer quarter of being easier because the shorter time allows for less material covered. Pierce College Puyallup student Katie Wilson disagrees.
“[Summer Quarter Classes] were harder because there’s more info in a shorter amount of time,” Wilson said.
Chemistry professor Ralph Morasch explained that the science department doesn’t remove parts of the curriculum to account for the shorter quarter.
“In science classes we still have to cover the same material,” Morasch said, “which means we do not get to cut sections/chapters out of our lectures. It just means the student has to work harder to get through the same amount of information in the lesser weeks.”
Fattamag agreed that teachers don’t cut anything out of their original curriculum; instead, they just push it all into a shorter time span.
“It was rushed because there was a lot of stuff packed into a short time,” Fattamag said.
The loss of two weeks means there is no finals week. Morasch says the change lies on the professors’ shoulders, and they are responsible for adjusting their curriculum to fit the eight-week schedule.
“Like all teaching, it is a balancing act where you have to keep track of the schedule and do your best to stick to it and cover the information in a timely manner,” Morasch said.
Morasch’s best advice for summer quarter students is to miss as few classes as possible.
“Missing a week in a 10-week quarter is missing less than a week in a summer quarter,” Morasch said. “You, the student, have to commit to the class or classes for the summer and put forth the effort needed to learn the material.”
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