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Summer Activities for Rising Seniors


As soon as rising sophomores, juniors and seniors take a week or so to rest up this summer from a hectic school year, they should be engaging in regular activities that will make their college process and outcomes more successful. Rather than fall behind over the summer months, they can boost their chances of higher SAT and ACT scores and college acceptance by:

  • volunteering
  • reading regularly
  • studying for standardized tests
  • going on college tours
  • engaging in part time employment

Rx for Teens Who Need an Academic Boost

Whether a teen is behind in academics, activities or college prep, summer provides a second chance to catch up and move ahead. Parents should set summer goals with teens. At the very least, every teen should set a goal to read a minimum of six books over the summer. The best schools often require summer reading for a very good reason. Students who do not read over the summer actually lose what they gained during the school year.
Parents are finding that teens often read more when they have electronic readers.