Dear Amy: Before the school year even ended, my teacher said that we should spend some time studying over the summer to prepare for the next school year. Is that really necessary? — Zachary R., Ann Arbor, Michigan
Dear Zachary: It is widely agreed that students benefit from some academic activity during summer break, but that doesn’t mean you have to study all summer. Visiting the library and choosing books just for fun is a great way to keep up your reading skills and try different genres of literature. This can give you a head start on book reports next term or just keep your comprehension skills from getting rusty.
If you struggled with math, spelling or typing during the school year, Arcademic Skill Builders, arcademics.com, has a wide variety of free online games to help you better your performance in those areas. The games are in an arcade environment, and many are available in a multiplayer format, if you like competition.
While you need not plan to do hours of worksheets and homework, it is good to find fun ways to keep your academic skills up over the summer so you’ll have a strong start to the next school year.
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