Tips for summer assignments


Don’t procrastinate:

This is the most common thing that is told to students by teachers and upperclassmen alike. It is very important to try to limit the time that you spend idly. Although you do not have to start on your summer homework right away, it is important that you do not put of the work until the night before school starts. This will add a lot of stress and anxiety, which won’t help during the school year. You want to start early on and give yourself as much time as you need to start on and complete the assignments that you are given.



Set a plan/make a schedule:

It is best to create a schedule or plan before you start working on your summer homework, so you can keep track of your progress, whether that is daily or weekly, and reward yourself for a completion of a task, as you see fit. This will help you look forward to finishing off the next task, and bask in the magnificence of awesomeness. Take the opportunity to train yourself to work with a schedule. By doing this, you will be able to work efficiently at a longer pace, without much effort or complaining, which will help you tremendously in the long-run.



Don’t blow it off:

When working on your assignments, try to actually focus and put your full attention into understanding the project. There is no point in leisurely doing work, whilst watching television and listening to music. This also helps increases the likelihood of receiving a better grade on your assignment when you take the time to think it out, as opposed to doing work incorrectly and rushing through it because of the distractions around you. Make sure to put away things that may distract you from doing your work, just as you do during the school year.



Stay Organized:

At all costs, do what it takes to keep your IB English homework away from your AP Psychology assignment, so as to not mix up the two different prompts and end up turning in one assignment for the other class. Remember, summer is the time that you should use to put everything together and start anew. Throw away old habits of stuffing random papers in folders, and actually make an effort to create tabs in binders, marking the different lessons you learn in class, and organizing where the homework, tests and quizzes are in your folder or binder.



Take breaks:

Breaks are a crucial part to your studying routine and help you refresh your mind after a long period of studying or working on a particular assignment. Set up a certain amount of time for yourself in-between your studying blocks in the summer schedule that you’ve created.


Talk to people:

If you don’t understand or have questions on what you are supposed to do for the assignment over the summer, get in touch with the course teacher. Tacher’s emails are listed on the assignment sheets given at the end of the year. If not, they are also available on the school website’s staff directory. Don’t be paranoid of asking a teacher during break, its part of their job. Make sure to get your questions answered so you know what you’re expected of when you show up on the first day of school in the fall. You can also reach out to your friends and classmates with the same assignments to get a better idea of what kind of work you should do, and to bounce ideas off each other in case you are stuck on what to do.