How to: Prepare for 2015-2016 School Year

Summer is not only about freedom from school, but also time to practice everything you learned in school 

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Lillian Hui

Summer is not only about freedom from school, but also time to practice everything you learned in school (Image via

Lillian Hui, A&E Editor

We’re all just waiting for summer to begin. We’ve all been counting down the weeks and days, in weeks we have 6 and in days we have 27 school days left, and soon we’ll be free! Of course, when we’re free, though, we don’t want to think about school but of course we have to. Here are some things for you to do over the summer to improve your next school year.


  1. Do your summer packets! Teachers grade these packets like tests to prepare you for the things that you’ll be doing over the course of the following year. These actually help you, especially when you’re doing things like memorizing polyatomic ions and are going to be using them in chemistry, trust me, actually memorize them so you’re not scrambling around when the third marking period rolls around!
  2. Read! Reading has always been an important element in our lives and that is never going to change. It’s going to be with us every step of the way in our lives so there’s no way of getting around it. It’ll help you increase your vocabulary and even your writing. It’s a win-win situation which is always a plus.
  3. Write! Write anything that comes to mind, whether it’s a poem, a song, a letter, or even a story! There’s always going to be something for you to write about. You can improve your writing by doing these things and it’ll help you in English class for that huge essay you have to write on an analysis of a novel you read in class.
  4. Practice! Practice, practice, practice! Did I mention practice? Practice everything you’ve learned this year and get ready for the upcoming year. You know how sometimes teachers say, “You’ll cover more of this next year” ? Well, it’s true, a lot of the time the things you learn one year will be in the curriculum the following year so it’s always good to brush up on your knowledge. When you practice, you won’t forget everything you learned in school and your teacher won’t say you lost all of your knowledge from school in the pool.
  5. Study! Studying is going to follow you around forever, literally. You’ve studied since elementary school up until now and you’re going to need to in college, even when you go out into the real world. So get used to it, especially since you’re going to be tested on your reading that you read over the summer and most likely are going to forget anything that happened. And don’t rely on Sparknotes, because teachers know…


Keep these tips in mind over the summer and you’ll be ready for the next school year! So get ready for some summer fun and we’ll see you next year!