Youth of El Dorado: Ending your academic year right

By From page B3 | May 14, 2014

Sara WeimerAs we approach the last few weeks of the school year, there are many important things you have to consider. Among these are your grades and your summer plans.

Tying up loose ends before the last day of school means you can enjoy your summer more.

At school, it is important that you complete all of your missing work and study for your finals.

A tip for effectively studying for finals is to take your time and study a small amount every night. This prevents you from overwhelming yourself and ensuring that you will retain the information.

Ask your teachers for any other last-minute opportunities to improve your grade as well; this could include extra credit or supplemental work that could be useful to you when recovering your grades.

Summer is a great time to get ahead on the following school year’s courses. During the summer, consider taking online classes, getting a tutor or enrolling in summer classes at a local community college on transitional subjects or classes that interest you.

This is where you can experiment on different college majors for the future or help you get ahead in school. Doing this will also help you feel more relaxed and confident in the fall when the new school year begins.


More summer options

If continuing your education through the summer does not seem like your cup of tea, you could look into summer jobs, camps or new hobbies.

Summer jobs are a great way to earn some extra cash, get work experience and help maintain a productive schedule throughout the summer. To look for a summer job, check your school’s job board or ask your family and friends if they know of any opportunities.

Summer camps are also a great way to utilize your free time in the summer but with less commitment than a job. Summer camps can be one day to multiple weeks and can range from art camps to math and science camps. Look for summer camps that include subjects you are interested in and see if there is still a possibility for you to join.

If you are looking to pick up a new hobby, search for different classes that are offered around you. These classes could include pottery, yoga, kayaking, rock climbing, bird watching, dancing, sports and more. By searching the internet, newspapers, flyers or activity books, you are sure to find something that interests you.

No matter what you decide to do with your free time this summer, remember to remain focused on completing this school year and enjoy yourself.

Sara Weimer

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