Your Middle Schooler’s Summer of Success (in 5 Easy Steps)

Your Middle Schooler’s Summer of Success (In 5 Easy Steps)

So you’ve just finished the school year… Congrats! Take a break this summer – you deserve it!

However, keep in mind that 2-3 months of summer is a long time, so don’t let it all go to waste! Imagine what you can accomplish if you set your mind to it.

While summer is certainly a time for fun and relaxing, you should also try to be productive and dedicate at least some of your day towards self-improvement. 

Here are 5 tips to get you started:

1. Get to work on your Summer Reading List!

Summer is the perfect time to relax with a good book. However, what you obtain by working through your summer reading list is so much more than relaxation.

Children who continue reading just twenty minutes a day throughout the summer will maintain and boost their reading comprehension skills and grow their vocabulary. And let’s not forget, reading helps students build empathy, meet new characters, and travel to different worlds. The perfect recipe for an amazing summer break!

To help your child get the most out of the books they’re reading or to even see our recommended reading lists for middle schoolers, you can access our free blog resources

Our MLC Critical Reading Circles are a great place for students to put their reading skills to the test while strengthening those skills and learning new strategies. During our Early Bird Discount period for Summer 2024 until 3/31, get 20% off when you make a $300 deposit and another 5% off when you pay in full before 3/31! Plus, save an additional 10% with our MLC Package discount!

2. Review and Practice Your Math Skills from the Previous Year

Unfortunately, a downside of summer break is the potential for learning loss. After 185 days of school, you want to ensure that the two months that comprise summer don’t undo all the work your child did during the school year.

Create a study schedule with your child where you can sit down for just 15 minutes a day and review class assignments, homework problems, and tests they completed from the previous school year. Reviewing what they learning throughout the school year will help keep their mind sharp, refresh their memory, and place them ahead of most of their classmates.

If you want to get a head start on the upcoming school year, pre-study the courses that you’re planning to take. Nowadays, the internet is a powerful tool for self-learning. You can access a variety of YouTube videos and other resources to get ample practice. You can even join us for our MLC Math classes where you’ll learn EVEN MORE skills and strategies for acing your math classes this coming school year.

3. Start Preparing for High School Admissions

The best way to get ahead of your admissions goals to start preparing in the summer.

Use the two months of summer break to research potential schools you’ll want to attend and make campus visits or schedule campus tours to get your questions answered and see if the school is a good fit for you.

This is also the time to start preparing for challenging admissions tests like the BCA/BT Admissions Exam, SSAT, ISEE, and HSPT. And students can start putting together their academic resume to submit to schools. Click here to learn more about the High School Admissions process.

For students in 7th and 8th grade, we offer Exam Prep 8 and SSAT/ISEE 8 summer courses designed to give students everything they need to successfully navigate the high school admissions process.

4. Explore Interests and Hobbies

What better time than summer to really get into all the interests and hobbies you were too busy to really dive into during the school year.

Whether you’re interested in taking dance classes, learning how to sew, or participating in math competitions, summer gives you the time (and energy) to pursue these interests and see how far you can go with them.

Plus, by exploring new interests and hobbies, you’re setting yourself up for the extracurriculars you’ll want to participate in when you get to high school and even the honors and AP courses you’ll want to take!

Pursuing new (or old) interests and hobbies is good for your brain and your heart, as well as your academic resume!

5. Get to Writing!

Just like with math skills, practicing writing skills is essential to maintaining and growing your progress.

There are a ton of ways to practice your writing skills outside of the classroom. You can:

    • Keep a journal to write in every day
    • Write book reviews for all your summer reading
    • Write a story of your own about a topic that interests you
    • Write letters to friends, family, or even your favorite celebrities!


No matter which way you choose to practice your writing skills, there is no wrong way. All writing is good practice regardless of what type of writing you’re doing. The most important thing is to create a relationship with writing where you feel comfortable doing it.

The Big Takeaway

Though summer vacation is a well-merited break for students, try not to waste your time sitting around and watching TV all day. 2-3 months off from school is enough time for BOTH relaxation and productivity – not just one or the other. So get off the couch, and start improving your academic, social, and personal life! 

By following these 5 recommendations, you’ll surely be on track for a productive and unforgettable summer! And don’t forget to have fun while you’re at it. Finding enjoyment in the activities that foster self-improvement will help you go far in life.

What’s Next?

Summer is the perfect opportunity for learning and growth! Want to make the most of it?

We can help your child improve his or her scores and stay ahead of the curve✏️! For middle school students, our MEK Learning Circles and  High School Admissions programs will help your child exceed their academic and admissions goals. Plus, we have Non-Fiction Reading and Mr. Ahn’s Perfect Circle for competition math!

To inquire, call 855-346-1410 or contact us here!

Robyn Neilsen

Robyn Neilsen is a Content Writer for MEK Review. She was a dedicated English teacher in the New Jersey public school system for 13 years and is passionate about sharing resources, content, and tips for students and parents.


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