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School can suck. Summer learning loss can make it worse.

You have to wake up early. You have to show up to class. There is plenty of schoolwork you need to get done. You have to listen to boring lectures. At the end of the day, you need to go back home and do even more work for class.

Summer break can be a relief. You get to take a break from the regular grind.

Here is something most students don’t think about:

The way you spend you summer defines your next semester.

Since most students don’t think about this, you can win big from it.

Don’t believe me? I’ll show you exactly what I mean.

Then I’ll show you how to make summer a relief and a chance to get ahead in class.

Summer Learning Loss

You can forget a lot over only a few little months.

Have you ever noticed how the first month or two of a class in a new semester is review?

Your teacher goes over stuff that you went over the year before. It’s stuff everyone has already learned but the teacher is reintroducing the students to it.

I imagine you might have heard of summer learning loss before.

Summer learning loss is one of the most widely studied topics on education. The studies have repeatedly shown that students forget 2-3 months of what they learned the year before during summer break in the United States.

This is because your memory isn’t just a place you store information. It’s a place that you actively have to manage. It’s kind of like your bedroom. You live in it. You throw all kinds of stuff everywhere around the room. Then, a couple months later, you may not remember exactly where you left what you need but you know it’s in that bedroom somewhere.

You need to constantly adjust the position of things to know where everything is.

During summer, students stop using the tools they learned during class. That means they tend to forget them.

In high school, I would have thought:

Screw remembering this stuff! It’s summer! Why do I care?!

Here is why I now care…


Three Month Head Start

Remember how I mentioned teachers spend the first months of a class reviewing stuff from the previous semester?

Imagine you didn’t need the review. Imagine you remembered all the information your teacher taught you the previous semester.

It would be pretty boring, right? But… it would also be super easy. While every other student in the class is struggling to regrasp the concept, you’ll know it. That means you’re going to score high on the early assignments and tests. That means you’re going to end up with a higher final score.

You’d have a head start.

You would be months ahead of every other student. Your score will get a major boost compared to the other students. You’re school year starting won’t be as painful a process because you’re going to be ahead of the game.

What if I told you that you could enjoy summer without screwing up your grades?

But I Still Don’t Want My Summer To Suck!

I know what you’re thinking…

Why ruin a perfectly good summer because you want an extra 5 points on your final score next year? Well… at least some of you are thinking that. I used to think like that but I was missing an important point.

You don’t need to ruin your summer to prevent most of the summer slide. You just need to spend a few minutes each day.

You know those times when you’re sitting around thinking, “I’m boooooooooored…” If you only used those times to study then you’d end up way ahead of the average student. Just pull out a set of old flashcards or Anki and review some stuff. You don’t even have to learn anything new. Just keep moving stuff in your brain around a little.

Aaron recommends you use the 15MSS all summer. It’s only 15 minutes of studying a day. The most important advantage of that strategy is that you never lose your habits developed during the school year.

The reality is: You barely need to spend anytime working on school stuff to prevent summer learning loss. Just a couple minutes of thinking a day will prevent most of it. Then, next semester, you’ll gain a bunch of free points from easy assignments. And you won’t even have to learn much until a couple months in.

How To Prevent The Summer Slide In Less Than 10 Hours

Class will be starting before you know it. When you’re crushing it your first few months you’ll appreciate your work.

You don’t need to study as hard to remember something as you do to learn it. Remembering stuff is relatively easy. Science has been looking into it for decades. It’s just a matter of using active recall on a regular basis.

By studying less than 10 hours over summer break, you can prevent the vast majority of the summer slide. There are just a few things you need to do:

  • Study daily (at least) a tiny amount of time

You don’t need to study long to remember stuff but you do need to study it regularly. You can’t cram for 10 hours one day and expect to remember everything. The key is spreading it throughout your whole summer. Keeping it short makes that easier.

  • Use flashcards (or any form of active recall.)

Most of what you’ll need to remember is stuff that you already understand. That makes it the perfect information to remember with active recall. Look at the information, look away from it, and then remember it. It’s just like using flashcards.

Keep in mind – this is super easy if you use flash cards through the semester because you can just use the same flashcards.

  • Use practice when possible. (Do math problems.)

Practice is even better than active recall but it’s just harder to use for most things. Remember stuff from your math class by doing just one or two problems whenever you plan on studying it. You may not use every tool you learned but by picking challenging problems, you’ll be forced to figure out which tools to use. Remembering how to do that is huge.

  • Do fun stuff WAY more than you study!

Seriously… it’s summer freaking break! Do something fun.

The choice isn’t between whether or not you’re going to enjoy summer break or get good grades. You don’t have to make that choice. It’s not that hard to do both but there is a choice you need to make before that. The choice you need to make is this…

Do you want to live your life to the fullest?

When you answer yes to this question, you can’t sit around bored for hours. You can’t veg out to movies you don’t actually want to watch. You can’t sleep in late because you have nothing better to do.

You don’t have to live your life to the fullest. Over this summer, you’re going to have plenty of chances to decide that.

Make the right choice.

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What You Need To Know This Summer

A B&C Students Guide To Mercilessly Crushing A Students At Their Own Game (While Laughing Your Way Towards The Ivy-League)

Are you smart but getting meh grades?

The smartest students are often the ones the school system leaves behind. It’s easy to motivate a half-wit (or even almost-wit – like a horse with a carrot dangled in it’s face to get it running. Giddy-up horsey!

You would never fall for that, right? Then this is for you.

It’s easy to procrastinate when you’re getting a raw deal. That’s the smart thing to do.

Academics is a game – and its prizes are good. Really good! There is more to the story than that though. What do you have to do to get that prize? And that matters even more than the prize. Study 18 hours a day for straight-A’s and a high-paying job someday in the distant future? Ughhh… Not me. That’s for sure.

I scored near the top of my college Engineering class while studying less than 15 minutes a morning. And seriously, I don’t sound like a super genius, do I?

Hint: I had barely scraped a 1.0 GPA in high school and I wasn’t skipping and having fun with friends either – I was… dare I say… trying my best.

Big Tip: trying doesn’t matter unless you’re experimenting or already using an effective strategy. Trying without an effective strategies is a waste that can plop your grades in the stinker. First step – STOP TRYING with ineffective strategies.

You got that?

Look… I’m a bit crazy. I get it. I’ve read hundreds of books on grades, learning, and memory. I spent sleepless nights studying obscure academic journals. I swear, I even read the book “How To Read A Book” and didn’t have to drink alcohol to do it!


You wanna’ know why?

Don’t tell anyone but… I care. I was emotionally crippled by the school system. I had heartless, lazy, and downright mean teachers (and a couple good ones that couldn’t help.) It took years for me to untangle their mess…

And I went to college and beat them at their own wretched game. Top scores. Easy studying. Time to make friends and impress the ladies. (You know… the important stuff!)

But I know… I wasn’t alone and I know there are others facing similar and worse challenges than I did. And I may be out of the warzone now but I can’t in good conscience leave you behind without my arsenal.

That’s why a decade ago I founded Smart Student Secrets and got link backs from LifeHack, HuffPo, and good college professors with names I can’t pronounce from all over the world that see these strategies crushing every day. But forget about them… the emails I get from grateful students… that’s the stuff a good life is made of.

My newest book is, in my opinion, the best book ever written for students that want to absolutely crush the academic game.

It gets you to focus your energy on the most important aspects of grades – giving you leverage on the system.

It shows you the big painful studying, you’re not benefiting from – that you thankfully get to stop today and forever.

It takes the latest in academic research on memory and puts into your hands, the exact memorization strategies that a Purdue Professor proved can let someone memorize 2.35 things for every one they’re memorizing now.

And this isn’t about “working harder” – and it’s not about “working smarter” either. (I cringe every time I read that phrase.)

It’s about working only when it matters most and creating the habit of motivated and effective learning.

I guarantee this… You can skyrocket your grades with my book while studying less than you ever had to study before. If I’m wrong, send me an email and I’ll refund you – no questions asked.

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4 thoughts on “What You Need To Know This Summer

  • November 20, 2019 at 2:48 am

    Realized a lot. Surprisingly easy to fully grasp. Nice one for sharing with us 🙂

  • June 26, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    This is a good point. I just graduated and now I’m thinking I should get into preparing for college. Do you have any ideas?

    • June 26, 2017 at 6:16 pm

      It can be a tough transition because different schools can vary dramatically in expectations.

      I’m thinking your best bet is to prepare yourself as if it’s another semester in high school. Review the stuff you learned senior year. Odds are, that will get you ahead of most students. That being said, if you’re going to a dramatically harder college then it might be worth trying to push to learn a few extra things in the process.

      Maintaining your habits are one of the most valuable things you can do. I’d focus on that.


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