Jo’s Summer Study Tips: Part 2- My Top 5 Tips for an Awesome August

It’s hard to believe that August is here already! And while there is still a whole month of summer fun left to enjoy, it’s a great time to start putting things in place to ease the transition back to school in the Fall. Hopefully, you tried out some of my tips for July …and now here are 5 more to help get your head in the game for August.

1. Start a positive habit
Summer is a great time to incorporate a new positive lifestyle habit into your daily routine. Things like exercise, meditation, drinking more water, or eating healthier foods, are all things that can improve the quality of your life dramatically when done consistently over time. If you start building these healthy habits into your life now when things are a bit more relaxed, you will start to see the many benefits (sleeping better, improved mood, increased energy levels, etc) and be more likely to want to continue once school starts back up.

2. Reflect
Thinking about how last semester went and what you’d like to do differently this school year is a great way to ensure that you don’t continue on with bad habits or repeat any mistakes. Think about what went well and what didn’t and why. Then plan to make some changes in order to increase your chances of success. To paraphrase one of Einstein’s famous quotes, “Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results, is the definition of insanity!” Reflection can lead to increased awareness, which is essential to making positive changes.

3. Set goals
Setting some S.M.A.R.T. goals for the upcoming school year will help you to remain focused on the bigger picture. S.M.A.R.T goals are specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and timely.  Think about what grades you would like to achieve and then make a realistic plan as to how you will achieve those goals. I recommend writing your goals down on paper as studies have shown that writing goals down can significantly increase your chances of achieving those goals.

4. Get organized early
As soon as your course outline/syllabus is available, open it and read it thoroughly.  Becoming familiar with the learning outcomes will give you a sense of what to expect and can help you to stay on top of things when you are aware of the bigger picture of what the semester will look like. I also recommend going to the book store before classes start to get your books early and avoid long line ups or the risk of your book being sold out (I have worked with students who have had to wait 5 weeks for their book to be back in stock and they were so behind as a result). You can also get organized by mapping out a study schedule once you have your time table. Doing these things now will have you feeling less frazzled when school starts.

5. Attend a Study Skills Workshop or meet with a Learning Strategist
Many students simply resort to studying how they’ve always studied and for some students that means continuing to use the same ineffective study strategies year after year. Attending a Study Skills Workshop will allow you to learn research backed strategies that have been scientifically proven to lead to better understanding and retention of material. Which in turn can result in better grades! I will be holding a few workshops in late August to teach students some valuable tips and tricks and to help them to get set for school. Topics covered will include time management, note taking, text book reading, test preparation and more. If you or someone you know would be interested in attending, please contact me at

I also offer 1:1 private consulting if you think you or your child would benefit from more individualized support. I work with students to help them create a personalized academic plan and teach them how to study smarter and not harder. Please feel free to contact me via email if you’re interested in a free 20-minute consultation to see if this option might be a good fit for you.

We all love summer and we all don’t want it to end any time soon. By following some of these tips, you can continue to enjoy what’s left of this sunny season while you proactively make choices that can help lead you to a successful September. You got this!

Happy Studying and Happy Summer!

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