summer learning

Using Summer to Prepare College Applications

Wading through college application season is a stressful task for even the brightest, best prepared students. So how can your student mitigate the pressures of applying to college? For starters, students should use the summer to get a valuable head start on college applications. With that in mind, here a few ways for students to use their summertime to maximum benefit before the time comes to complete the stack of applications that await.  

· Create a detailed game plan.

Students can avoid getting overwhelmed by creating an explicit road map for college application season. Creating a calendar of important dates and deadlines, along with a corresponding checklist for each college or university’s required documents are helpful ways to streamline the application process and remove some of the anxiety from the equation. The summer gap is also an excellent time for students to connect with those they’ll be asking for letters of recommendation, providing plenty of time to tailor their letters accordingly.

· Deepen your research.

The relaxed pace of summer gives students a chance to dive into the details of the universities to which they plan to apply. A student can improve his or her odds of admittance by getting to know admission statistics made public by potential universities, which can add an edge to the application process. For instance, applicants are often grouped by geography, and certain areas may require a higher GPA to stand apart from the pack. Likewise, students who plan ahead during the summer months can determine whether applying Early Action can increase their chances. Research can also relate to scholarships, too. Direct your student to spend a lazy summer afternoon digging around for scholarships or grants that can make a difference in your bottom line when it comes time to attend university. 

· Focus on the essay section. 

The essay portion of college applications often intimidates student, who are insecure about their writing skills, or apprehensive about which topics to tackle.  That’s why it is so important that students plan ahead when it comes to college essays. The first order of business should be to zero in on a specific topic. It’s well known that subject matter which a student cares about will be far easier to write about at length, than a subject they don’t like. Students should dig into their activities, personal history, or interests to uncover and write about a lesson learned, a goal fought for, or an opinion to argue. Colleges are in search for specifics, and students can start by focusing on the details, rather than writing about broad concepts or qualities that don’t demonstrate individuality. 

Making the most of summer can give students a hearty advantage in the application process—including greater preparedness, a longer window to edit personal essays, and plenty of time to secure a letter of recommendation ahead of time from a favorite teacher. As a full-service tutoring and test prep services company, we understand the ins and outs of the college application process and can offer students comprehensive help on all aspects of academic

preparedness, standardized test prep, and skill building. Contact us today to help your student can get the head start that he or she needs to stand out this application cycle. 

School Is Out for Summer: How to Prevent Summer Learning Loss

While some students look forward to spending the summer taking a break from homework, projects, papers and various assignments, the gap between school years poses a potential threat to long term academic success. Summer learning loss, is the blanket term for what can happen when students take a break from utilizing study skills or neglecting their educational pursuits during the summer. 

That’s why it’s so important that students continue learning year-round. Without opportunities to continue to practice vital skills including reading comprehension, math, and writing, students are at risk of experiencing a loss or dulling skills.  To put it in the simplest terms:  when you snooze, you lose. 

Studies dating back to the early 1900s show that young people lose approximately two months of grade level equivalency in math computation skills during the summer.  Reading achievement losses are not uncommon either.   Moreover, more recent studies have shown that the difference between various students’ summer learning experiences affects college graduation rates in the long term.

Summer affords an incredible, untapped opportunity for students to not only prevent summer learning loss, but to gain ground on the upcoming school year.  Because other school programs often cease during the summer, students have more time, and greater flexibility to sharpen existing learning skills, pursue their interests in subjects they particularly enjoy, or those in which they need additional practice.

Structured summer programs for students will prevent the loss of vital knowledge, all the while preparing students to excel in the coming year. As an added benefit, structured educational summer programs help parents to ensure that their children don’t remain idle or unproductive for weeks on end.

Our summer programs are available to students of all ages, and include one-on-one tutoring, small group classes and custom programs.   Our summer programs focus on:

·         Reinforcing Strong Study Habits

·         Enhancing Existing Knowledge

·         Sharpening Cognitive Skills

·         Expanding Subject Matter Comprehension

·         Strengthening Testing Skills

Please contact us today to help safeguard your student’s success not only for this summer but for the next school year and beyond.

 

A Summer for the Books: Why Summer Programs are the Key to Academic Success

As much as summer is a time to rest and recoup after a long school year, it is also an exceptional three-month window in which students can grow in myriad ways. By investing time and energy into worthwhile summer programs and projects, students can arrive in school this fall brimming with new experiences, a greater level of maturity, and more prepared than ever to take on new academic challenges.

According to the National Summer Learning Association, summer learning loss—the documented phenomenon of students losing academic ability over the summer months—is one of the leading factors contributing to the high school drop out rate. Furthermore, research by the National Summer Learning Association demonstrates that gaps in student achievement significantly widen during the intervening summer months. To combat the risks of summer learning loss, various civic leaders and organizations are teaming with the National Summer Learning Association to support Summer Learning Day, taking place this July 15th.

Summer Learning Day is championed by an impressive list of educational advocates, from First Lady Michelle Obama and the , to the Afterschool Alliance and Scholastic Books. Summer Learning Day’s primary objective is to support students from all backgrounds, in their quest to make this summer a meaningful one. To close the gap in academic achievement, communities around the country are joining the National Summer Learning Association and its various partners to host lively events for students of all ages. These community events suit an array of interests; they include: science fairs, museum visits, library resource tours, and much more.

Aside from taking part in these exciting community events, what can you and your family do to keep your student in top mental shape during the summer holiday? For starters, staying socially and academically involved is an assured way to set the stage for success come fall. Whether your goal is to prep for upcoming SAT or ACT exams, sure up math and reading skills, or even branch out into new skill sets—such as computer programming or essay writing—there is certainly a summer program to suit your aims and interests. One-on-one tutoring is an outstanding method to ensure that your student is being personally guided through new material. Likewise, small group summer classes provide the twofold benefits of both social and academic engagement.

Instead of falling for the potential pitfall of summer learning loss, why not use these months as a platform for future success? Whether your student is preparing for the upcoming college application season or is simply looking for an academic tune-up to keep his or her GPA in fighting form, Achieve Academics offers the best in one-on-one tutoring, summer intensives, small group classes, college test prep, and more. We encourage students of all backgrounds and learning styles to take advantage of this seasonal opportunity to target academic weak spots, sure up strengths, and cultivate new skills.

Whatever your student’s academic needs may be, Achieve Academics has a summer program that can help. Contact us today at 763-559-8378, or via email at info@achieveacademics.com.

6 Tips to Prevent Summer Learning Loss

There’s nothing quite like the start of summer vacation. For most students, it’s the perfect opportunity to kick back, relax, and enjoy a three-month stretch of school-free bliss. While there’s obvious merit to using the summer break for some much deserved rest and relaxation, it’s also important that students stay sharp for the upcoming school year.

Summer learning loss is that potentially treacherous holiday gap in which a student might become fuzzy on the lessons he or she learned during the school year, letting slide all the knowledge he or she spent hours of energy acquiring in the first place.

At Achieve Academics, we’ve discussed the summer learning loss phenomenon before, but here we’ve compiled a helpful list of tips that may aid students in avoiding summer learning loss this season.

1. Dive into a Good Book

Reading for pleasure is a relaxing, entertaining way to unwind this summer, whether poolside or from the comfort of your couch. Diving into a good book stretches the imagination, exercises valuable reading comprehension skills, and builds vocabulary—all of which are lessons usefully applied in the coming school year.

2. Take a Summertime Field Trip

There are plenty of historical and cultural sites in and around the Plymouth area that are sure to spark a student’s interest, while allowing him or her to brush up on his or civic knowledge. Likewise, museums provide an ideal venue in which to engage a student’s senses and encourage curiosity.

3. Brush Up On Personal Finances

There’s no better way to instill healthy habits at an early age than by introducing a student to practical financial planning. Budgets, cash flow, taxes, savings, the stock market—all yield important lessons that can be utilized for a lifetime. Plus, learning to use these tools encourages students to apply math and reasoning skills in a real-world capacity.

4. A Summer Camp for All Interests

If summer camp is in the budget this season, it can be the perfect venue to get back in touch with academia, or perhaps to further explore an existing interest or hobby. Not only does summer camp provide a much-welcome social venue for young students, it also encourages exploration of nearly any subject under the sun. Does your student love marine biology? Water polo? Computer programming? Theater? No matter the taste, a Savannah summer camp of interest is surely out there.

5. Take a Hike

Studies show that regular physical activity can boost mood, energy, and motivation. Even if exercise doesn’t directly target academics, it can surely help develop positive body image, self-discipline, and a healthy route for stress relief. Shooting for just a half-hour a day of physical activity this summer can make a world of difference by the time the next school year rolls around.

6. Give Back to Your Community

Community service is a rewarding activity that allows young students to practice empathy, expand his or her horizons, and potentially learn new skills. No matter where a student chooses to volunteer this summer, engaging with your community in a meaningful way builds character and maturity, which also positively impacts a student’s self-awareness and discipline for the long term.

Taking advantage of these tips may be the key to creating a memorable summer—so that your student arrives at school this fall full of meaningful experiences, healthy habits, and sharper than ever. Don’t forget, there are plenty of summer learning options here at Achieve Academics, from one-on-one tutoring, to ACT and SAT test prep, to small class learning experiences. No matter a student’s learning style, academic level, or goals, there’s room to grow this summer at Achieve Academics.

Whatever your student’s academic needs may be, Achieve Academics has a summer program that can help. Contact us today at 763-559-8378, or via email at info@achieveacademics.com.