Online summer classes hold nothing to fear

March 23, 2010 at midnight
Updated March 26, 2010 at 10:27 p.m.


Q: I was thinking about taking a class online this summer at UHV, but I'm a bit nervous about the shorter class time. How much more intense will the workload be in an online summer course compared with one in the fall or spring semesters?

A: While online summer classes at the University of Houston-Victoria work on an accelerated schedule, they aren't as intense as you may think. In addition, summer classes offer a few advantages over fall and spring classes.

While every class schedule will have its own unique pace, a good rule of thumb is that for every credit hour you take, expect to spend another hour each week reading and studying, said Ashlee Wassick, an advising specialist with the UHV School of Arts & Sciences. That means in a standard three-credit-hour, 16-week fall or spring online class, you can expect to spend about six hours a week working on the class, or about an hour a night.

During the summer, most online classes run for 10 weeks. This means assignment deadlines and tests will be closer together. Students can expect a weekly workload of about 50 percent more than during a regular semester, Wassick said. Based on our rule of thumb, that means you can expect to spend about nine hours a week on class work, or about an extra half hour a night.

Don't forget that summer means even smaller class sizes at UHV. Because of this, your professor will have more time to give you and your fellow students even more individual attention. Summer classes offer you a great opportunity to finish your degree faster or just take a few classes for personal enrichment while life slows.

The summer class schedule will be posted to our Web site,, on April 1. Registration for summer classes opens April 19.

Do you have a question about the University of Houston-Victoria? Contact Thomas Doyle, UHV communications specialist, at 361- 570-4296 or at



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