Staying Focused on School In Summer
Jul. 25, 2017
Summer always is a great time of year. The air is hot, the sun is bright, and it’s a great time to get outside and relax. It’s a payback from the months spent cooped up indoors during winter. But there also can be challenges, especially when it comes to focusing on what’s really important. For our Concorde students, it can be difficult to remain focused on their health care studies.
We at Concorde don’t want our students to take their eyes off the prize … at least, not too much when it comes to health care studies. We enlisted the help of some of our directors of student affairs and got some good advice on how stay focused on those health care studies during the summer months.
Here is what they had to say.
Think ahead and plan in accordance with health care studies
Noel Bell-Poats, Director of Student Affairs at Concorde’s campus in Grand Prairie, Texas, had three main points to make.
- Be proactive. Starting late April to early May, Bell-Poats said her campus held an event that showed students opportunities for summer camps for their children. “Most often, we have attendance issues due to lack of child care for the summer months,” she said. “Therefore, our plan was to assist our student in finding camps that would be conducive to theirs and their family’s needs.”
- Plan activities. The Grand Prairie campus planned activities that engaged students, all while helping them beat the heat.
- Wellness fair. This monthly activity allows senior core students the opportunity to display skills they’ve acquired during their health care studies. Not only does it give students the chance to shine, but it brings family members to campus to enjoy some time together.
Take advantage, but don’t overdo
Josh Alvarez, Director of Student Affairs at Concorde’s campus in Miramar, Fla., said to take advantage of time when kids are involved with outdoor events. Use the time they are entertained to buckle down and study. But don’t overdo it. Don’t deprive yourself of some summer fun. However, once your batteries are recharged, get back to your health care studies. It’s important to weigh your options. Is this fun activity worth putting myself behind a day or two in my health care studies?
Other tips to staying on track in your health care studies
Ray Riley, Director of Student Affairs at Concorde’s campus in Jacksonville, Fla., reiterated that planning ahead was key.
- Secure a summer camp early to alleviate any childcare woes.
- Plan summer events around school schedule.
- Involve family in your daily health care studies, making it a fun activity when possible.
- Set a fun and challenging goal for the family incorporating your academic success. If achieved, the family will celebrate together with a movie, beach outing or a fun family night.
Finally, Renel Gilles, Director of Student Affairs at Concorde’s campus in Tampa, Fla., agreed that nothing replaces good planning.
“During summertime, I find it especially good to create a routine to help stay focused,” Gilles said. “It helps to stay hydrated and well-rested during the summer months to avoid falling into a procrastination loop. Establish a balance between school and play. In short:
- Create a routine (start a good habit).
- Stay hydrated and well-rested to avoid procrastination.
- Establish a good balance between school and play (study hard and play hard).