A part-time student is classified as a student carrying less than 12 hours for a fall or spring semester. There are many benefits to being a part-timer that carry equal success as full-time student. Yet, it’s not the amount of hours a student carries that ensures success, it’s the student that guarantees the victory.
A student should really look at the reason they want to go part-time as opposed to full-time. Does the student have a demanding job? Do they have family obligations? Is the stress of full-time work just too much? Are there going to be too many hard classes in one semester? These are all valid reasons part-time students should be classified as part-time students.
A great deal of organization is essential to the success of the part-time student. Making sure the student’s books and class information is put in the proper place cuts down on less hectic days. The more stress a student is under, the less likely they are to succeed.
Since colleges require basics to be taken, some elder generation students have not had the luxury of the newer math like the younger generation has had to suffer. Taking a couple of easy elective classes while taking this class (or even by itself) can benefit the student in the long run. This allows more focus on the harder subject while not jeopardizing their grade point average. This is especially true if the scholar has a scholarship.
Students will be able to get tutoring easier if they don’t carry a full course load. They can talk with the professor after class (provided the teacher is able) without rushing off to their next class, feeling like they are lost in the wind from the lecture of the last period.
The student should also utilize any computer lab time much easier than most others. If a student carries a full-course load (12 hours or more), it’s best for them to have a computer in their dorm room, apartment or house. However, for a part-time student, computer labs are easily accessible and the student can stay on campus to finish any projects.
Part-time students typically have full-time jobs so scheduling a class around workdays can be extremely demanding especially if the class is only offered once during a semester. Most times, employers don’t mind if employees take classes to better themselves so long as the work is done. However, this may not always be the case and only the employer and employee (student) can agree on an arrangement that works for them.
Another essential piece to the part-timer is family cooperation. While most would agree, full-time students have it harder, part-time students who have families, have it even harder. A sick child can make for a stressful situation especially the student only has one class in the semester. Introducing yourself to your teacher and explaining a bit about your background is always best because professors like to see their students succeed.
While it’s not always best to remain part-time especially since most degrees require 120 hours or more for graduation, being a part-time student is beneficial for those who feel the world is going to collapse in on them, with no hope of digging out. It’s the burrowing out that pushes most college scholars to drop out.
Planning out your classes ahead of time and getting together with your family and jobs can ensure the success of the part-time student, perhaps even putting them on a scholar list.