Posted by Christy Williams on August 25th, 2016
While summer is prime time for vacation and fun, it is also important for students to stay
on top of their academic skills. A number of study tips are available for helping them stay productive. Summer study tips for your students range from reviewing previous materials to joining study groups. Tips for your students’ productivity include:
Review previously learned material
Students should start their summer studies with the organization and review of previously learned materials. Remind your students to pay close attention to the content that came as a challenge to them throughout the other parts of the year. The challenge areas should be regularly studied and practiced. Similarly, students should be aware of their strengths and keep the concepts fresh in their minds.
Looking at the content and expectations of the courses ahead will allow students to identify gaps in their current knowledge. Prompt students to take notice of any concepts that are extensions of current challenges. In these cases, they should spend significant time addressing and strengthening the weaker areas. There may also be some concepts they are already familiar with. Students may want to take the opportunity to extend their knowledge in the areas of familiarity during their study time.
Set a schedule
Summer typically boasts a more relaxed schedule than other times of the year. Setting a schedule will allow your students to devote specific time to focus on their studies with limited distractions. The schedule should include time for multiple subjects as well as incorporate snack and other breaks. As the school year approaches, your students may choose to increase their study time or adjust it to a similar pacing that they will follow during the academic year. Schedules should take into account attention span and other responsibilities. As a general rule, your students should take a brief break between subjects.
Designate a study area
As with the school year, learners should have a dedicated study space during the summer. The area should be well lit and minimize distractions. The designated study space will also serve as a constant reminder of the separation between summer break and learning responsibilities.
Reading daily is an essential component of remaining productive during summer months. Students should read material from summer reading lists along with other choices.
Utilize online resources
Online resources are readily available for most areas of study. Your students should regularly access these resources for notes, tutorials, practice work and quizzes. Many interactive online resources provide immediate feedback on student progress. The feedback will help them identify areas where they need to apply more focus.
Join a study group
There are many study groups available throughout the year. Encourage your students to find and join a study group that meets regularly throughout the summer. The groups will be helpful particularly in areas in which students need more support. Finding a study partner can also work for your students that do not have access to a larger, more formalized group.
Many flexible options exist for keeping students productive during the summer months. Encourage them to look ahead and remind them to utilize the online resources at their disposal to equip them for summer study success. Designated study areas and daily reading are also components of maintaining key skills during summer breaks. Your students will benefit from employing these tips in their summer preparation for the year ahead.