For some, continuing your studies throughout the summer may be a dreadful thought. However, enrolling in summer classes may alleviate pressure during the school year and give you the opportunity to focus on one subject. This could raise your GPA or fast-track your education. Here are some tips to help you make the most of your summer — even if you have to balance fun in the sun with studying:

Create a schedule: Just as you would schedule hours at a job, allot time for your studies. Grab your agenda and schedule in study time each day or week, whichever suits your needs. It might be tempting to put off your studies until later, but if you stick to a strict schedule, you will be sure to keep on top of your course requirements, deadlines and still have time for all your summer events and activities.

Plan ahead: If you have a summer vacation scheduled, make sure you take that into consideration when doing your weekly planning. If need be, plan ahead and double up your study hours. This way you can enjoy your vacation without stressing about your studies. Some people are able to take laptops and textbooks with them on vacation and allot time to complete tasks. But if you know you will get distracted, it is better to plan ahead and complete your work before you leave.

Study outside: Most students can’t bear the thought of staying inside at the computer all day while the sunshine beams through the window. So get outside! Take your laptop and books outside and enjoy the summer weather — sit on a porch or go to a park. It can be very relaxing to read outdoors.

Reward yourself: Giving yourself small rewards may help keep you motivated. For example, if you complete an assignment, reward yourself with a day at the beach or night out with friends. Or when the semester is over and you have some free time, take that opportunity to celebrate all your accomplishments. This way you will have something to look forward to throughout the summer months.

Whether you are taking online courses, correspondence or attending classes it will be a summer well spent if you are building your knowledge and skills.

Tracy Rogers is the Career Services Co-ordinator for Seneca College, Seneca@York Campus.

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