Summer school offers different set of challenges than during the regular school year; a condensed shorter time frame and perhaps more frequent meetings might be just two of these challenges. Whatever the format, we’ve pulled together ten tips to help make your summer session flow smoothly.

  1. Create a detailed schedule for you and your students. Creating a daily schedule of what will be taught and assignments due helps set expectations and sets students up for success by providing them with a road map for progress.
  2. Identify your core outcomes. It is tempting to try to cover everything in a summer class. However, if you are subject to a reduced time frame, identifying the objectives that can be removed and focusing on the essentials can reduce your and your student’s stress.
  3. Include an initial assessment. Using an initial assessment helps you identify areas where students might need remediation and areas that they might need to simultaneously review.
  4. Remedial assignments. If your course system does not already include remediation, create one or two remediation or review assignments for each unit.
  5. Space assignments out every two to three days. Shorter more frequent assignments help students keep on pace with the course and helps prevent them from falling behind.
  6. Course announcements. Set up course announcements to be sent out to prompt students to stay on track of deadlines.  These can be prepopulated in the LMS and set to appear on specific dates.
  7. Include breaks in long class sessions. Even the best of us need to mental breaks to stay focused.  Include short 5-10-minute breaks in longer class sessions to help students and yourself stay sharp and on task.
  8. Maintain your standards. Summer tempts us and our students to a more relaxed mindset.  Try to maintain continuity with the semester by maintaining your standards for quality work, on time submission of assignments, and attendance.
  9. May the first assignment due as early as possible. Having a first assignment due within the first few days of class aids students in setting the tone and the pace of the course.  Early is also a good time to include a review assignment.
  10. Include supplemental videos. For material that is important and might not be covered in class consider creating or including supplemental videos to support student learning and offer more content.