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Five Ways to Cope with Summer School

Summer is here and students are out of school; they‘re excited to take a break from academics and enjoy exploring some fun extracurricular activities. However, many students need to attend a summer school program of some kind. Summer school used to be something students needed to do to catch up but, these days, many students attend summer school programs to get ahead or even help them apply to college. Most students will resist summer school to some extent but there are definitely some great ways to cope with the idea of spending more time indoors.

Mix it up
Many summer school programs offer students the chance to work on academics in the morning and sports or creative activities in the afternoon. This is a great way for students to work on math or English while still having the chance to play soccer, paint, or just have fun with friends. Most of these camps hold both portions of their program in the same building so parents don’t have to drive their kids from one place to another in the middle of the day.

Work with a tutor
Many students just need to focus on one or two aspects of their education over the summer. Perhaps their reading comprehension skills need improvement or maybe they are having difficulty working through step-by-step math problems. A private Orange County tutor can help students focus on the things they have the most trouble with and help determine why the student is struggling in the first place. Once these issues are identified students tend to do better in their summer school program and have an easier time with academics during the year.

College prep programs
Many students will sign up for a summer school session that helps them prepare for college in one way or another. Teens might be taking a class on the SAT or ACT or they might be working on a personal statement to add to their application. Although working on these activities over the summer can seem difficult at first, it’s actually a great idea to get all of this out of the way so that students are not overwhelmed during the school year. Students who are well prepared for their college entrance exams may only have to take the test once or twice before achieving the score they need and they are more likely to successfully apply to the college of their choice.

Balance
Students spending a lot of time in the classroom this summer will benefit from finding a healthy work/life balance that will allow them to focus on the academics required but also enjoy just being a kid and spending time outdoors with friends. They could attend a sports camp between summer school sessions or arrange play dates with nearby friends. Students who get a lot of exercise and rest their brains a little bit are more likely to be successful throughout the school year.

Group study
Another great way to make summer school assignments more fun is to work as part of a group. Students can get together with their summer session classmates at a coffee shop or café and work on their academics in a more social environment. Students may need the peace and quiet of a library or their own home while working on especially difficult topics but they may be able to finish a large portion of their assignments during group study sessions. Spending time with friends makes studying more fun and adds to an overall balance between work and play.

Robyn Scott is a private English tutor at TutorNerds. She attended the University of California, Irvine as an undergraduate and the University of Southampton in England as a graduate student. She has worked with students from the United States, Japan, South Korea, the European Union, and Africa.

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