When you think of how you want to spend your summer vacation, sitting in a classroom is probably not the first thing that comes to mind. However, Summer school can be a great way for you to get ahead in high school. These days’ students of All Grades from Grade 8 onwards all the way till Grade 12 attend summer school at Xyna International High School. You might take Summer School to understand a particular subject better or to Reduce Stress for Tough Courses & free up more time in your schedule during the school year.
Q: What is Summer School?
A: You probably know that summer school refers to classes that students take during the summer, outside of the regular academic school year. However, more specifically, summer school for high school students can be a lot of different things: It can be a way for you to retake a class you found difficult, take specialized courses in areas that interest you, get a head-start on prerequisites for the Next Grades.
Q: Why is a Summer School a good option for students who are already in High School or going to High School?
A: There are many great reasons for students at all grade levels to take a summer school course at Xyna. Summer School Programs are valuable experiences because they can help expose students to the high school experience as a “test run” while they are still in transition from Middle school to High School. We at Xyna International High School found that these programs are always motivating for students to do well in their in high school. Summer School at Xyna International High School also provides a challenge for the best prepared students to get a head start on their high school education, and potentially help shortening their time needed to complete their High School Diploma. It allows them to reach ahead and challenge themselves.
Q: Should You Take Summer School?
A: If you’re wondering whether or not to take summer school, ask yourself the following two questions. If any of the scenarios apply to you, then you may want to consider summer classes.
Question 1: Do You Want, or Need, to Improve Your Grades?
Is there an especially low grade on your transcript that you wish you could erase? If you did poorly in a certain class, summer school is a great way to redeem yourself and retake the class for (hopefully!) a better grade. Even just one especially low grade, can really bring down your Percentage and hurt your chances of getting into competitive Universities & colleges.
Question 2: Do You Want to Get Ahead on Classes?
Are you trying to get prerequisites out of the way or want to take advanced classes to improve your chances of getting into a competitive University or college?
Q: Should You Do Online Summer School?
A: Online summer school, where students take classes primarily on a computer at home, is becoming more popular. Many of these classes require students to visit the school once or twice to take exams or turn in final projects, but some classes are also offered completely online. Online classes often allow you to do schoolwork on your own schedule and reduce the time and hassle of traveling to class. However, is online summer school a good idea for everyone?
Online classes can have several drawbacks including the following:
Less direct interaction with the instructor
Requires more self-motivation
Can be more challenging to understand
If you’re trying to decide whether or not to take summer school online, you should talk to people who know your study habits, such as teachers and parents, to help make the best decision. However, in general, you shouldn’t take online summer school classes if you struggle to motivate yourself to study and complete work on time, or if you struggled with the class before and want more guidance from and interaction with the instructor. Both of these issues can be exacerbated with online classes.
Q: How Can You Do Well in Summer School?
A: Whatever the reason you’re taking summer school classes, it’s important that you do well in them. They’re using up some of your important summer time, and you want to make sure you don’t waste that time by doing poorly in the classes. Summer school classes are a bit different from classes taken during the school year, and there are a few strategies you can use to maximize your chances of success.
Tip 1: Take Fewer Classes at a Time
It’s a good idea to only take 1 Course at a time during summer school. Summer school classes are often shorter than regular classes often 4 weeks long, compared to a whole semester, so they are usually more intensive and require a greater time commitment.
Tip 2: Create a Study Schedule
Taking summer classes can be hard. Either before or right after you start summer school, create a study schedule that lets you plan when you will put aside time to study and do homework. If you can set aside the same time every day, like 4:00-5:30 pm every afternoon, that can make it easier to stick to your study schedule and plan other activities. Set goals for what you want to accomplish each day or week, whether it’s a project you need to complete, papers to read, or just general studying and homework.
On the other hand, make sure you are giving yourself enough time to take a break and relax. Summer school can be demanding, and if you overtax yourself, you may end up burned out by the time the school year starts, which you don’t want to do because it could cause your other grades to suffer. If you need help creating your study schedule, ask a parent or teacher for some guidance.
Tip 3: Ask For Help Early
Classes at Xyna are often smaller than regular classes, and this means you’ll have more interaction with the teacher. Use this to your advantage by asking for help early if something confuses you or doesn’t make sense. Particularly if you are retaking a class you struggled in before, you want to make sure you don’t repeat the same mistakes you did the first time. Teachers ar e happy to help students who ask, so don’t be afraid to let them know you need something explained more or in a different way.
Final Words We often find that high school students who take part in summer school programs demonstrate strong motivation and are interested in learning and this experience supplements the other activities and courses that a student takes, demonstrating a willingness to try new things. Students can benefit the most by choosing a High School Credit Course that best fits their interests. Students should be willing to engage and make the most out of Summer School. They should get to know the other students and the teacher. Finally, remember that this is high school credit and the grades can impact a student’s University / College Admissions – so do your best!