Salem International University offers a non-traditional coursework schedule for students that may have struggled elsewhere.
Instead of taking four to five classes at a time, students at SIU take one class for a month at a time. The students still complete four courses a semester and graduate in four years.
"An individual that would come in and take a class from us might come in on May 1 to begin their course and on May 31 finish it," said Dr. Marc Getty, Dean of Business at Salem International University.
Tiffany Kerr tried the traditional semester style at Fairmont State University.
"Once I got into my harder courses whenever it was the three hours a night studying, that's what ended up causing me to go down in a semester because I was overwhelmed with all the courses I had," Kerr said.
She decided to try out the Salem approach and tackle just one thing at a time.
"It's Monday through Thursday nine to 12. I love it because I'm not focusing on chemistry, and biology and math at once. I have one class and it's my main focus for that month," Kerr said.
She said it's also a big plus for students like herself who don't live on campus and drive to class.
"You're here when you're here. After your class, that's it. You don't have to waste time, six hours or so. You make one trip and you're done," Kerr said.
As with most things, there are flaws to the system.
"It is true, in the real world we have to multi-task. The ability to do that is not really emphasized in the program but I would say again that the benefits outweigh the negatives," Getty said.
He said this approach is especially worth considering for people who may be overwhelmed at the thought of going back to school.
"A lot of parents say, 'I wish I had that opportunity,'" Getty said.
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