Yes, you have a summer assignment. Actually, it is more of a suggestion, since you can choose to do or not do anything that will help contribute to you becoming a better student and a faster learner. But there will come a time when you will start to consider yourself less as a student and more of an educated individual. The habits and methods you put into practice to become a better student help to also make you a more complete and well-rounded person. So just because you leave campus for awhile, you don't want to go back to all of your bad habits and have to retrain yourself all over again.
The suggestion here is simple. Take the time to read something every day during the summer. Make it a point to read something that makes you practice the different styles of reading you learned during this process. You might choose to read one of the national newspapers and one of the weekly news magazines. If so, work on reading the whole newspaper and practice your different styles of reading. Look for the key words and thoughts in the articles you expect to be less interesting. You will learn things that you didn't know and you will become a better informed person at the same time. Do you see how these methods and processes are applicable to other areas of your life besides school?
The other suggestion is that you write something every day, if possible. It doesn't have to be anything long or involved or academic. You may choose to start keeping a daily journal. If so, write in complete sentences and thoughts. Don't be an abbreviated writer who makes notes like "....went to the beach...had fun." Forget the dots and write in complete thoughts. Ask yourself some questions about your day and write some complete thoughts about what you learned or what you thought about today. The more you write the better writer you will become. Keep your processes moving along and stay sharp over a summer break. Remember. It's ALL about YOU! Good luck and good fortune!
Last Updated: 08/20/2013