Did you know that students LOSE performance over the summer?
Yes, that knowledge and understanding which you worked so hard to learn, starts to DISAPPEAR the moment you put down your pen and paper and pack up for the Summer!
Studies in the US have shown how students tested after the summer vacation did measurably WORSE on the same tests as they’d studied for in the Spring. *sad face*
Today, I’m going to be answering a question that a lot of my students have been asking me recently and that is 'Should you study over the University summer vacation and if so what should you study and how?'
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Well, if you want to excel at University and you don’t want to lose any performance then the answer is YES, you must study over the summer. And because you’re here I KNOW you want to excel!
But it doesn’t mean that it’s all work and no play!
Over the summer there are some key activities that you can engage in which mean you’ll go into the next year even stronger. Three things, in particular, can help you.
The first task is to take a look back over your notes from last year. This is your opportunity to really consolidate information in your memory and also to address any gaps you may have. Anything you weren’t particularly familiar with, anything you want a more solid knowledge of, then this is the opportunity to learn it, particularly if you’re going into your second year or final year and it’s really important to get that foundational knowledge into your mind.
The second thing is to start looking forward to next year. Have a look at the modules you’ve got coming up in the Autumn, have a look at the curriculum, see if there’s a reading list available and start to read the material. This will give you a huge advantage in the autumn when you’ll have no end of reading material you need to look at and not enough time to read it all! And if you can get a copy of the reading list now you may even be able to get hold of copies of second-hand textbooks at a reduced price instead of having to queue up in the University bookstore in the Autumn. Win-win!
The final activity is to look at your performance and take stock of what you have achieved over the previous year. Take a look back at your essay and assignment feedback, especially now a little time has passed since you got the feedback. At the time you may have put it to one side if it was critical and you were upset, but try and look at it objectively and identify your strengths and weaknesses and how you can improve. This is really important as Summer is a great time to be setting goals. If you know where you are at the moment, you can look ahead to what you want to achieve in the following year.
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If you want to go into the Autumn stronger than ever, it's as easy as 1,2,3.
- Review what you have already done and consolidate your knowledge.
- Prepare for the next semester and get ahead with your reading.
- Assess your strengths and weaknesses and set your goals for the year to come.
I hope you found that useful and I’ll see you soon,