Posts Tagged 'summer'

Turning Skimmers into Scholars: Fundamentals for Strong Writers and Critical Readers

You’ve heard the clarion calls before: ensure reading is a daily habit. But just how important is becoming a voracious reader? Are good reading habits really so closely linked with success?

You bet! The stories are true: everyone should be reading constantly—and yes, especially over the summer. Continue reading ‘Turning Skimmers into Scholars: Fundamentals for Strong Writers and Critical Readers’

Which Summer Classes Should You Take?

So you’ve taken the plunge! You’re officially enrolled in the summer semester at your local college: now which courses should you take? Continue reading ‘Which Summer Classes Should You Take?’

The School Year is Almost Over. Should You Take Summer Classes?

Though you might not be itching to run back into a classroom, enrolling in a summer class at a local college might just be the best way to spend a healthy chunk of your summer. Over 1.3 million high school students in the U.S. enrolled in college courses last year, and it’s no surprise: immersing yourself in a brand-new environment — college! — will prepare you for the moment you head off on your own journey into higher education. Plus, you’ll end up learning not just the course material but also much about yourself and the world beyond high school. Continue reading ‘The School Year is Almost Over. Should You Take Summer Classes?’

How to Avoid Summer Knowledge Loss

As the end of summer approaches, students get more and more nervous for the start of school. However, few think about the knowledge they have lost over the past weeks of sunbathing, pool parties, and trips to the mall. According to the National Summer Learning Association, “most students lose about two months of grade level equivalency in mathematical computation skills over the summer months.” In addition, students are also prone to doing worse on standardized tests when they come back from summer break. Here are several ways to combat the knowledge backslide associated with summer vacation and start the school year with a bang! Continue reading ‘How to Avoid Summer Knowledge Loss’

How to Manage Summer Reading and Homework

During the summer no kid wants to hear the word “homework.” Unfortunately, it is becoming more and more common for teachers to assign summer work, putting pressure on kids to manage their time and get down to business during their two months of freedom. Here are some tips to make summer homework painless. Continue reading ‘How to Manage Summer Reading and Homework’

I Know What You Did Last Summer: How 5 Amazing Kids Spent Their Free Time

At the end of spring semester, students get ready to relax and have fun in the summer. Many students believe they have worked hard all year and deserve a break, a time to do nothing. While everyone deserves a break once in a while, some teens have found ways to enjoy themselves and continue learning. The following five teenagers set out to do more than just getting a driver’s license. Continue reading ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer: How 5 Amazing Kids Spent Their Free Time’

Planning Summer Break: Activities that Look Best on College Applications

It’s February, and school work, clubs, and winter sports probably dominate your freshman, sophomore, or junior’s daily thoughts and routine.  Consequently, summer break may seem like a long way off.  The fact is, however, summer activity opportunities are currently becoming available, and the rosters for these activities are already filling up.  In other words, now is the time to plan ahead while summer prospects that expand your student’s passions and look great on college applications are still available.  What activities do both?  Read on for specific advice about the best summer activities for your high school student from a college admissions perspective. Continue reading ‘Planning Summer Break: Activities that Look Best on College Applications’