The loss of achievement gains students make during the
previous school year when they do not engage in educational activities during
the summer months is known as summer learning loss. Also called the summer
slide, 25 percent of academic learning is lost during summer break according to
the US Department of Education
. While traditionally a concern
in young children, it is important for students of all ages to keep their
brains active during the summer to be ready to take on a new school year at
full speed. Here are some tips on how you can avoid learning loss this summer and
be ready to start your college career on the right path:
1. Learn a new skill. Summer is great time to learn something
new because you may have a significant amount of free time. Try picking up an
important life skill, such as cooking. This can be fun and rewarding, while
integrating math, science and reading skills. Or, take some time to learn a new
language. This is a great way to keep your brain active, but it will also make
you more marketable and prepared for the future.
2. Create and get through a summer reading list. Studies have
shown that just reading five to eight books over the summer is enough to stay
on top of reading skills and avoid the summer slide. Get some suggestions from
the librarian in your area or from the college you will be attending. Set goals
for yourself, and track your accomplishments.
3. Get an internship. It is never too early to get ahead in
your career. Contact businesses in your area to see if you can get a part-time
job or internship in their office. Even if it is not paid, it will be a valuable
experience that could keep your mind sharp.
4. Take summer classes. Though the idea of spending your summer
in the classroom might not sound ideal, there are many benefits to taking
summer classes. Consider taking an online or hybrid course so you won’t miss
out on the sunshine. The more you can do during the summer to lighten your
course load during the academic year, the better.
These are just a few suggestions on how to keep busy this
summer and prevent summer learning loss. Anything you do to keep your brain
active will help you start college strong.