Finishing the School Year Strong & Planning for Summer Academics

Posted by Middle School Maze on 4/30/13, 7:00 AM

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As the end of the school year approaches, finals begin to loom on the horizon as well.

If you have been struggling in some subject, it may be a good idea to look to an academic tutor to help you brush up on the material for your classes and sharpen your study skills. Your tutor can help you catch up on any material that you have found challenging so that you finish the school year with a strong grasp on all your subjects.

If you have been working with a tutor already, you have already started on the path to success in these courses. Still, few tips might come in handy as you and your tutor gear up for the end of the year:

  • Obtain a list of topics to be tested from your teacher so you’ll have an idea of what you need to know.
  • Organize your notebook, folder, or binder of papers and notes from the course throughout the semester. Doing this will also give you a quick refresher of all the material you’ve covered in class.
  • Don’t slack off in the last few weeks of class! Keep learning with as much enthusiasm as you have been throughout the semester—you’re so close!

For some of you, the question of what to do this summer is also looming on the horizon.

Depending on your interests and what else you have planned, you may want to consider summer academics. Perhaps you want to explore a particular academic subject more deeply (individualized biology tutoring, perhaps?), or get a jump on learning a new language (French, Spanish, or German, anyone?). For some students, preparing for an SAT subject test or the SAT is an ideal summer project, since there is more time to devote to these subjects. Other students, particularly rising seniors, might like to use this time to get a head start on college admissions with application consulting services. There are endless options for you to make the most of your summer, so get to planning!

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