Category: Summer Planning

Balancing Athletic and Academic Commitments

Friday, April 23, 2021
How Can You Balance Athletic and Academic Work During the Summer?

Many student-athletes are well aware of the importance of balancing classes and practices throughout the school year, but what about during the summer? While some athletes may be tempted to focus solely on their sport, it’s important to stay academically engaged during your break. 

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Planning the Summer Before Your First Year of College

Monday, April 12, 2021
Making the Most of the Summer Before Your First Year of College

Many high school students understand the importance of a meaningful summer break while they’re getting ready to apply to college, but what happens after you’re accepted? The summer between high school and your first year of college is an important transition period that should be planned with care. 

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4 Ideas for a Productive Summer Break

Monday, February 22, 2021
Learn How to Make This Upcoming Summer Break Your Most Productive One Yet

With many traditional summer activities temporarily on hold due to the ongoing pandemic, some students might be wondering what they should do this year to make the most of their vacation. Although it may be tempting, it’s not a good idea to enter full relaxation mode for the entire two to three months that you’re off from school.

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5 Must-Read Books for Your Summer Reading List

Friday, July 10, 2020

Great Books for Students Looking to Expand Their Outside Reading Lists

Whether it’s bringing your books to the beach or curling up with your Kindle at home, every student should include independent reading on their agenda this summer. In addition to getting lost in a good story, reading can help students stay academically engaged and better prepared for coursework in the fall. 

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5 Tips for Making the Most of a Remote Internship

Thursday, June 18, 2020

International Study TipsRemote Internships are a Valuable Opportunity for Students Looking to Get Ahead

Internships are a valuable opportunity for students to gain hands-on experience during the summer months. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of these positions have shifted to virtual experiences in order to adhere to social distancing and safer at home orders.

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Staying Motivated While Social Distancing This Summer

Monday, June 8, 2020

How to Stay Academically Motivated During Summer BreakKeep Motivation Levels High All Summer Long 

It can always be a challenge to maintain motivation during the summer months, some students may find it particularly difficult to stay engaged and on top of their to-do lists as they continue to socially distance.

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How to Create Summer College Prep Goals

Monday, June 1, 2020

summer_activities_for_high_school_students.jpgMake the Most of The Summer By Creating New Goals

Whether you’re working towards a target score for the ACT or SAT or putting the finishing touches on your list of best-fit schools, every student needs concrete goals to work towards throughout the college admissions process. Nailing down objectives is particularly important during the summer months while students have time away from schools and activities that might make it difficult to get ahead.

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2020 Summer Program Cancellations and Updates

Monday, April 27, 2020

AdobeStock_199020788Learn the Status of 2020 Summer Programs

Many high school students opt to attend summer programs hosted by various colleges to expand their horizons and deepen their knowledge while getting a taste of campus life. However, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, a multitude of universities are either cancelling their courses or shifting them online.

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IvyWise Live Q&A: Coronavirus and College Admissions

Friday, April 10, 2020

ivywise live counsellorsJoin Our Facebook Live Webinars April 15 & 17 to Learn More About How To Prep for College Admissions Process This Fall

Tune in to IvyWise Live on our Facebook page next week, where College Admissions Experts Christine, Scott, Nat, Zach, and Rachel will discuss how students can prepare for the college admissions process this fall and answer your most pressing college prep questions.

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Summer Planning 101: How to Get Started

Friday, January 31, 2020

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Step-By-Step Guide to Help You Start Planning Your Summer Now

Although the summer season is months away, it’s important for students to get a head start on planning for the break. There are a multitude of different opportunities to consider and the sooner students get started, the more time they will have to pinpoint activities that are truly meaningful to them.

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How to End the Summer on a Positive Note

Friday, August 9, 2019

Preparing for Back to School SeasonMake the Most of Your Final Days of Summer and Get Motivated for the Year Ahead

For many students, the final weeks of summer break are either here or fast approaching. Although it’s important to shift gears and prepare for the back to school season, students should also focus on making the most of their summer opportunities.

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4 Ways to Give Back to Your Community This Summer

Friday, July 26, 2019

4 Ways to Give Back to Your Community This SummerMake a Difference in Your Community By Volunteering This Summer

Volunteer work can be a valuable opportunity for high school students to gain hands-on skills, expand their horizons, and make an impact. Between test prep and summer activities, it may feel challenging to find time in your summer schedule for community service, but most students would agree that it’s well worth the effort.

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How to Feel Confident About Your Academic Choices

Friday, July 19, 2019

Summer FOMOStop Comparing Yourself to Others and Get Excited About Your Summer Plans and Goals

Although the phrase “FOMO” may be relatively new, the idea of comparing yourself and your plans to those around you and worrying about falling short definitely isn’t. It’s human nature to want to join in and follow the group, but when it comes to preparing for college, students can’t be afraid to follow their own paths.

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How to Stay Academically Motivated During Summer Break

Thursday, June 27, 2019

How to Stay Academically Motivated During Summer BreakDon’t Let Summer Brain Drain Take Over Your Time Off

For students across the US, it’s summer break time! Many are using this time to take a break from the rigors of the school year, but the lack of classroom time can lead to “summer brain drain” or the “summer slide,” where students lose some of the academic progress they’ve made over the previous school year. Staying motivated to continue learning, have a productive summer, and prepare for the next school year can be hard, but we’re here to help!

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How to Have the Best First Day at Your Internship or Job

Friday, June 21, 2019

Best First Day at a Job or InternshipPut Your Best Foot Forward With These First Impression Musts

Whether it’s the first day of school or the start date at your internship or job, there’s no doubt that the beginning of something new can be intimidating. For students who are new to internships or just entering the workforce, the sense of anxiety can increase tenfold.

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These Thought-Provoking Podcasts Will Fight Summer Brain Drain

Monday, June 10, 2019

Fotolia_193683179_Subscription_Monthly_M-1Stay Academically Sharp By Tuning into These Fun Podcasts

Once school is out for the summer it can be all too easy to go on autopilot. Even if you’ve planned a jam-packed summer break filled with internships, test preparation, or maybe working a part-time job, it is important to explore new learning opportunities, including podcasts.

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Exploring Your Interests Through Reading and Research This Summer

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

AdobeStock_39655717Use Your Summer to Pursue an Easy College Prep Task

Summer break is a great time for students to relax, but summer shouldn’t be spent just lounging around! Students should use this break in their academic schedule to pursue their interests and one way to do that is through reading and research.

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7 Must-Read Books Students Should Pick Up This Summer

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Summer Reading for StudentsRevamp Your Summer Reading List with These University-Approved Picks

Whether you’re graduating or simply transitioning to the next grade or class year, it’s essential for students to stay academically sharp throughout the summer break. Reading is one of the most impactful ways to fight summer brain drain and it can also be one of the most fun, as long as you choose the right books!

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5 Last-Minute Summer Activity Ideas

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

5 Last Minute Summer Activity IdeasCreative Ideas for Summer Learning Experiences 

For students preparing for the college application process, summer break is an exciting opportunity to pursue new ways to learn outside of the classroom. Whether you get a job, focus on test preparation, enroll in an academic program, or start an internship, there are plenty of ways to broaden your skill set when school is out of session.

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How to Make the Most of Spring Break

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

How to Make the Most of Spring BreakPlanning In Advance Is Key To Using Vacation Time to Your Advantage

For many students, spring break is right around the corner. Instead of hitting snooze and Netflixing all week, make strategic decisions to ensure your vacation is simultaneously productive and relaxing.

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How to Apply for Summer Internships

Friday, March 1, 2019

How to Apply to Summer InternshipsFind an Internship That Aligns With Your Interests and Goals

Summer internships are an excellent opportunity for students to gain hands-on experience, enhance their skill set, and fight off summer brain drain. Unfortunately, finding a best-fit internship opportunity that aligns with your needs and goals can be challenging. 

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6 Tips for Planning a Productive Summer

Friday, February 15, 2019

6 Tips for Planning a Productive SummerPrepare for Summer Break By Researching and Planning Ahead

If you think it is too early to start planning summer break, it’s time to reconsider! Planning meaningful experiences for June, July, and August can help high school students discover new passions, fine-tune ongoing interests, and gain inspiration for college applications and essays.

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How to Make the Most of You Study Abroad Experience

Friday, January 18, 2019

How to Make the Most of You Study Abroad ExperienceMany Students Use the Spring Semester and Summer to Study Abroad and Explore Their Interests

For many students across the country, studying abroad is an exciting part of their college, or even high school, experience. Whether it’s a full semester stay in London or a two-month immersion program in China during the summer, students are eager to explore another country and culture while continuing their studies.

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4 Important College Prep Skills You Can Learn From A Summer Job

Monday, April 9, 2018

summer job college prep skillsA Summer Job Can Help You Earn Some Extra Cash and Develop Skills That Will Take You Through the Admissions Process and College

Academic courses or summer programs and MOOCs aren’t the only options that students have in order stay productive or keep learning this summer. In addition to exploring your interests through summer activities, a summer job can help you develop a new skills that are sometimes difficult to develop inside the classroom. No matter the job, taking on a paid position with a defined set of responsibilities will challenge you in new and exciting ways.

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Summer Planning Resources For High School Students

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

summer_activities_for_high_school_studentsNow’s the Time for Students to Think About How to Spend Their Summer Breaks

It may only be March, but summer break will be here before you know it, and students need to have a solid plan for how to spend their time off from school.

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Summer Programs for STEM Students

Thursday, February 9, 2017

summer programs for STEM students.jpgThese Summer Programs for STEM Students Are Still Accepting Applications

 

For students interested in science, technology, engineering, and math fields (STEM), there are plenty of ways to gain valuable experience over the summer, whether it’s through an internship, a summer program, or an independent project.

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How to Continue College Prep Over the Summer Break

Thursday, June 2, 2016
summer_activities_for_high_school_students.jpgUse Your Summer Break to Explore an Interest, Learn, And Get a Head Start on College Applications

 

Summer break is here for many students, but that doesn’t mean all learning has to stop! It’s important for college-bound students to spend their summers wisely, but they don’t have to participate in a fancy college summer program to do it.

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Summer Activity Ideas for High School Students

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Summer Activity Suggestions for High School StudentsHere Are Some Summer Plan Suggestions For Students Who Aren’t Sure How to Spend Their Break

Summer is right around the corner, and, if they haven’t started already, high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors need to make plans for how to spend those free months. For many students, summer break is seen as a time to take a break from school and soak up the sun – and that’s okay – but that’s not all they need to do. 

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10 Apps to Keep Students Learning this Summer

Thursday, June 26, 2014
Summer Education AppsFight Learning Loss This Summer With Fun, Educational Apps

The “summer slump” is real, and as IvyWise Founder and CEO Dr. Katherine Cohen highlighted on the TODAY Show this morning, students can lose up to two months of math and reading achievement during summer break.

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The Benefits of Summer Courses

Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Summer ClassesSummer Classes: To Enroll or Not to Enroll, That is the Question

After the last papers are handed in and finals week is over, many students look forward to a summer of work, internships, and vacation. Others, however, choose to stick around campus and take summer courses.

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Summer Programs for High School Students

Friday, February 10, 2012

Planning a Productive Summer

Summer ProgramsWhen it comes to the college admissions process, it is imperative to show how you have developed your interests throughout your time in high school. College admissions committees want to see how you have made an impact in clubs and activities during the school year, but also during the summer. While it may be tempting to sit around all summer working on your tan, boards of admissions specifically look to see that you have remained productive during your time away from school. Summer presents many opportunities for students to further develop their interests and goals —travel to a foreign country, continue training in your favorite sport, make up a class or gain extra credits in summer school, start a business, get an internship, or join a community service organization.

Though summer may seem far away, the applications for many popular programs are due soon. Some of these applications can be as complex as a college application, requiring essays, letters of recommendation, and even test scores, so you will need to get started soon! Dr. Kat and the team of counselors at IvyWise, have come up with the following

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