Linfield’s short January Term can give students a lot of options. Here are a few tips for deciding whether or not this “mini-term” is the right time to start your online program.
One of the unique characteristics of Linfield’s academic programs is our one-month January Term (also referred to as Winter Term for online students.). This condensed term of just four weeks is nestled between Fall and Spring terms and starts right after the winter break. While it can provide a lot of flexibility and options to students when doing their academic planning, there are a few things that every student should understand about Winter Term.
You will only take one class
As we mentioned early, this term is only 4 weeks long so the course material is consolidated pretty densely to fit into this time frame. Students can expect to cover a week’s worth of material in one day’s lesson and to spend more hours reading and preparing assignments each night than they would normally for one class. For many students, this concentrated course option can be perfect if he or she really needs to focus on just this subject. This can definitely be advantageous if it is a subject area that may not be your strong suit. The option of focusing solely on that subject, with no distraction from other coursework, can often improve a student’s ability to absorb the material and perform better in the class.
It’s important to review the course listings for January Term
A quick glance at the 2016-17 Year Long Plan will reveal that there are only about 1/3 of the courses offered this term compared to the other terms. Degree programs like the RN to BSN major often offer elective courses that students can typically take at anytime through their program. Some degree and certificate programs may not be offering core or elective courses in January but may have prerequisite courses available that would be suitable for a newly enrolling student. This is one of the many reasons that it is important to talk with your advisor and discuss the courses that are offered each term throughout the year. Careful planning – and checking in with your advisor – ensures that you take advantage of opportunities like January term and how it may best fit into your academic plan.
January Term can be the best – or most challenging – time to start, depending on your program and personal preferences
While January Term can give students a lot of flexibility in their academic schedule, it can also be a difficult time for some students to start their Linfield education. The reality is that with a limited number of courses offered this term, students may not be able to find a course they need for their program in January and may have to wait until spring. Also, the accelerated pace of the coursework may be challenging if this is your first term and/or if you have not taken online classes in the past. While some students are ready to dive in with both feet and can keep pace with the coursework, some students prefer a more traditional academic term and time frame when starting their online courses.
Still not sure if this is the right term for you to start? Schedule an appointment with your admission counselor to discuss the right start term for you. Applications for the online Winter Term are being accepted through Friday, December 16. Classes start on Tuesday, January 3.