Instead of the typical 4 classes every 10 weeks, why not 2 classes every 5 weeks?
Condensed courses usually means:
- Taking less courses at the same time which makes compartmentalization for memorization easier.
- You (typically) take the same course every day, thus actively refreshing the neurons on that topic.
- Taking the same course every day over a shorter time makes cumulative exams much less intimidating.
- You see the same students everyday. This encourages a more natural stimulation of getting to know your classmates and seems to result in more collaboration outside of class.
- If you're doing poorly in a class, for whatever reason, only the last 5 weeks of your academic life are wasted (as opposed to 10).
Overall, the same material is taught to students whether it's in 5 weeks or 10. The difference in that in the 5 week plan, students take half the classes they normally would per 5-week term, and the lecture for that class is everyday of the week.
An example being instead of taking intro to biology, chemistry, calculus, and psychology over 10 weeks, you take biology and psychology during the first 5 weeks and then calculus and chem the second 5 weeks.