I know we are all breathing a sigh of relief to finally get finished with the school year and into the blissful mood of summer ease and relaxation.
It’s so satisfying and empowering to accomplish some small academic goal by September. Just 10-20 minutes of studying every day (or at least four days per week) can mount up to noticeable results by fall.
Here are my favorite suggestions:
- Review those core math skills. Students struggle in higher-level math classes, not because the content is difficult but because they are shaky on the basics of fractions, decimals, percents and algebra I. Many schools give out summer review packets or assign review onwww.KhanAcademy.org, so by all means make sure your student actually does this work! Also, I recommend www.IXL.com, and the Summer Math Skills Sharpeners workbooks.
- Preview the content of challenging Fall courses. Will your student be taking chemistry, physics, calculus, or any APs or honors-level classes? A summer preview of the basic content and concepts establishes a knowledge base that then makes these challenging, fast-paces courses so much easier to understand and absorb. Find videos onwww.KhanAcademy.org and watch for 10 minutes per day, or purchase one of the Learning Express Success in 20 Minutes per Daybooks and work through the basics.
- Habit Building. Choose a habit, then choose a daily trigger. For example, create the daily reading habit by establishing a summer routine of “after breakfast we read for 15 minutes.”
- Get a Jump. Get going on those college essays, or do some advance test prep.
These are all things families can do on their own, or with help from a tutor or as part of a home school group.