What are Fluff Classes?
If you’ve spent any time browsing My College Guide and all of our articles cluing you in to college classes, you’ve probably seen us throw around the term “fluff classes.”
Not only will we tell you what fluff classes are, but we’ll also fill you in on how they can help boost your grade in high school and beyond. You won’t want to miss this sneaky way to stay on top of your grades! Read on!
What are Fluff Classes?
Some courses really make you think. They pile on the homework and the projects and all sorts of extra stuff. In other words? They take up a lot of your time!
Then there are fluff classes. These courses are easier classes all around. There might be less reading and writing and maybe even fewer after-school assignments. They less demanding on your time, but they still count toward your course requirements.
For high school and college students, this is a very important fact to keep in mind!
Why are Fluff Classes Beneficial?
Let’s pretend that you are a high school student with a pretty heavy course load. AP classes, an honor class or two, and another class or two that you have to take but the subjects aren’t your strong point.
One way to keep your grades in line is to schedule in a class each semester that isn’t all that difficult. You know, courses that don’t assign book reports or research papers or large projects. Instead, look for a class that may help you develop a skill or perhaps something that has a built-in extracurricular activity like band or choir.
Having a class in your schedule that is less demanding on your time frees up your schedule to concentrate on all the other things you have to get done! Think about it: between juggling your high-level courses and extracurricular activities on top of applying to colleges and universities, you already have a lot on your plate!
Don’t think that you have to have a packed class schedule, especially if it is something that you cannot keep up with! No matter what grade you are in, high school or college, fluff classes can help keep your grades steady (and show that you have numerous interests) while you focus on everything else.
Just don’t go overboard. If the dreaded Senioritis kicks in, having too many fluff classes will not make you an appealing applicant to college admissions.
Keep a fluff class, just make sure you are still pushing yourself–and reaching high! College admissions is going to look over your course schedule and you want to make sure that they see a student with a varied, challenging course load.