Although students deserve a much-needed break during their summer vacation, there’s no reason they can’t enjoy their summer and participate in activities that can benefit their school curriculum at the same time.
This is especially true for students who may have struggled in certain subjects, have general issues with the learning environment of a school or are looking to develop an interest in something that they want to pursue after graduating from high school.
The following are a few summer activities that can help students make the most of their summer in multiple ways:
Get a part-time job or internship
Students who are old enough should try to get a part-time job. First of all, the extra money will allow them to have some additional fun during the summer. Secondly, working will help them develop a number of skills that will translate to the classroom the following year.
For example, a part-time job requires a lot of responsibility, from getting to work on time to completing the tasks of the given job. This can make them more responsible in general, which may make it easier for them to keep track of their homework and put in the effort required to get good grades.
Additionally, working a job can help build confidence, especially in jobs where students will have to interact with customers on a regular basis. This can improve the social abilities of students who are more introverted.
Even better, if a student already has a career path planned, this is a great opportunity to get hands-on experience in that career. Part-time jobs can also provide a deeper understanding when it comes time to learn related lessons in school and allow students to test whether the career is right for them.
Volunteer within the community
Students can also consider volunteering at a charitable organization within their community. Not only will they develop a lot of the skills that are developed by working a job, but they will no doubt gain an appreciation for helping those in need.
Community service can instill a selfless attitude that other students and teachers will appreciate during the school year. For most students, there are plenty of volunteer opportunities available in the community that could supplement school curriculum. If you can’t find anything that’s relevant for you, consider tutoring younger students – teaching is a great way to hone your skills in a subject area.
Read throughout the summer
The more a student reads, the better their grasp will be of different subjects, lines of thought, and even the English language. Not to mention that reading enhances focus and attention, which means that reading for fun throughout the summer will translate to the classroom when they will be required to read through textbooks on a daily basis.
Students should set a goal for how many books they want to read through during the summer or create a list of specific books that they want to get through. They could even find a local book club to join.
To take it a step further, students can choose a set of books to read on a particular subject and then review them or write a paper on them at the end of the summer. This allows them to think back to the books they read in the beginning of the summer, plus forces them to think critically and apply their reading.
Enroll in a summer enrichment class
Students who are beginning to develop interests outside of school, such as acting, photography, politics, music or even engineering, may want to enroll in summer enrichment programs.
These types of programs are often offered by area colleges or local youth groups and are a great way for students to find and develop an interest that they may want to continue pursuing in their free time.
Go to summer camp
Summer camp can be useful for many different reasons, whether the student signs up as a camper or as a worker. Either way, they’ll create new memories that they can look back on for years to come.
As a camp counselor, they’ll develop leadership skills, which will help to build confidence. This can be great for anyone that’s a bit of an introvert. In fact, camp, in general, is great for students who are introverted, as it gives them a chance to be more social than usual. Depending on the camp, students can learn a wide range of new things – from solving complex math problems to learning how to safely shoot rifles.
Take summer classes
Summer classes aren’t just for students who are making up for failing grades. Students who have done poorly in certain subjects, but still managed to pass may want to take summer classes at their school. This way, they will be more prepared for the following school year.
Students can also take summer classes if they simply want to get ahead so that they can take more advanced classes once they return to school. And, again, another great way to learn is to teach others – students can consider “conducting their own” summer classes for peers or younger students or even asking if there are ways to participate in existing summer classes.
Making the Most of Summer Doesn’t Have to Be Challenging
Figuring out a way to make your child or student’s summer a productive one doesn’t have to be a major challenge. Consider one of the ideas above to provide a fun and engaging way to get your student ready for the next year of school.
For more information about summer learning opportunities, contact Brook Road Academy today at 804-553-3354.