‘Couple’ classes: Should you study with your significant other?


Dakota Williams and Dakota Williams

If you ever thought of what it would be like to take some classes with a friend or spouse, you may be surprised by what may come of it. With another person in the equation, you’ll see how your problems are now solved, making the old saying true; two heads are better than one. Charlene Rodrigues and her husband Eugene Rodrigues were also curious about taking a class together. They tried it and did quite well.

She said, “We both came out the class with A+s”.

They decided to take math 110 together, hoping it would help both of them do better in the class. “We wanted to try taking a class together and see if we do better academically,” Charlene Rodrigues said.

What made their experience pleasant was the fact that they were both two different types of students. Charlene Rodrigues being the type that does all her homework, and Eugene Rodrigues being the type that focuses less on homework because his excellent test taking abilities would make up for it.

Separately, the two would probably do all right in the class, but wouldn’t reach their full potential. Working together, Charlene Rodrigues could ensure that Eugene Rodrigues would be getting his homework done, and with Eugene Rodrigues’ help, Charlene Rodrigues would be scoring higher on her tests.

The problem here would be that there’s a good chance that one person wouldn’t be pulling as much weight as their partner. She said, “Yeah, I did most of the work.”

The only hiccup they would experience would be the occasional fight that would cause Eugene Rodrigues to miss class. “Whenever we got in a fight, I would be the one to go to class,” says Charlene

Rodrigues. With Charlene Rodrigues, there would never be a time when she would miss anything important.

A work schedule colliding with a class schedule can spell disaster when taking a class alone, but with a good partner you can guarantee you won’t miss a thing.

Best friends Samantha Wilder and Richard Perry are taking a psychology class together. “I wish we had the same major so we could take all our classes together,” said Perry.

Sophomores at American River College know that some classes can be very difficult. “I’m doing better in this class than all my other classes,” says Wilder.

Charles Ramsey enrolled into English and history classes with his then-girlfriend for this fall semester.

“Everything was great until we broke up, now I have to see her almost every day of the week,” said Ramsey.