Category Archives: scheduling

Audits

Audits

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Another Test Drive

Lastly, colleges often offer free or highly discounted classes via the academic audit*. In an audit arrangement students must get permission from the registrar to sit in on a class. The student can then attend the class and have access to all the related materials but will not take part in testing nor receive a formal grade. Continue reading Audits

Go Against the Flow

Go Against the Flow

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In a previous post I encouraged summer school attendance as a key way to save both time and money in college. But any time the topic of summer school comes up so do objections such as, “But I need to work in the summer,” and, “But by the time summer comes I’m ready for a break.” However, both these concerns can be addressed if students can think about attendance in an even more contrarian fashion. Continue reading Go Against the Flow

Credit Hours and Cost

Credit Hours and Cost

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It not only matters in college which classes you take, but also how you schedule said classes. As such, let’s take a look at credit hour enrollment in light of affordability. But first it helps to know how your college charges for tuition, with the two basic flavors being per-hour and block rate. Figure out the specifics of your particular school’s billing metrics and you can save some serious coin. Continue reading Credit Hours and Cost

Efficient Scheduling

Efficient Scheduling

Typical Schedule=Typical Results

Let’s take a look at how the typical student thinks about the scheduling of his academic career. Most expect to attend for approximately four years. These years consist of attendance during two semesters: fall and spring, with breaks in the winter and the summer months. During the semesters, a student will take a course load of typically 12 to 18 credit hours. Eight semesters later they have attained enough credit to graduate and they will now pursue careers or further education. Continue reading Efficient Scheduling

Experience Counts

Experience Counts

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Ad Hoc Test-Outs

At times certain professors or departments would be willing to sign off that certain students need not take their courses, contingent upon the results of an ad hoc test of some sort, whether it be to pass that class’s final exam or to have a more informal interview. Continue reading Experience Counts

Mix & Match

Mix & Match

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Even if you are averse to one or all of the suggestions above, or if you like any but not enough to otherwise derail your hopes for a more typical course of action, nothing says you have to think about college in all-or-nothing terms. While we tend to pursue higher education as though we had to pick a single entrée off the menu, students may want to shift the paradigm and consider earning their degree from a buffet of choices, taking a little bit here, a little bit there until they have a meal on their plate. Continue reading Mix & Match