Summer Reading and SAT Scores

Summer reading often is not on the top of a student’s to-do list. Usually, over the break students
use their time to hang out with their friends, enjoy the weather, and do activities outside. Kids
don’t want to “waste” their time reading. (Of course, there are students who enjoy reading for
fun, but this blog post is not intended to convince those who already enjoy reading to read). To
those students who groan at the very sight of a book during summer vacation, this blog post is
for you.
“Why should I read over the summer?” you ask yourself and every adult within earshot. If
contemplating reading a dusty, ancient, library book seems like a chore, then you should listen
up.
Reading fluency is essential for those high SAT scores that you want. During the summer
months, when you will primarily read buzz feed articles and personality quizzes, play
video games, and go outside to swim, hike, or play sports, you are not wasting your time.
Relaxation is absolutely important to one’s happiness, and you should continue to do that. But
you should also make some time for reading, because the few hours you spend a week on a
book, either for fun or for school, will increase your SAT/ACT verbal scores tremendously.
It’s pretty obvious that reading over the summer will have this effect. If you spend some time on
reading a book, your ability in understanding the reading passages on the tests will increase.
You may learn new words naturally, and recognize them on the exam more easily. You will be
able to comprehend passages faster and more clearly. You will have practiced patience for
reading through a dense text with a lot of information. You will naturally go back and search for
answers in the text, and will remember where to find the answers more readily. With more
experience with reading, the easier it becomes, and the more you will enjoy the experience and
the faster you will get. If you enjoy it more, you will be less nervous when test day comes
around, and you’ll score higher because you will not make as many mistakes.
There are books out there that you may not even realize that you’d love.  Try to take the time in a book store or online to find a new book this summer.  You will be happy that you did!

Blog Post by Rachel S. Stuart a Tutor and Featured Blogger for Academic Advantage Tutoring

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About Rachel

I have always been a proud “nerd.” When I could, I always helped my friends with their homework because I just loved to teach them how to think about the world differently. In particular, history and writing have always been my specialties. When I was a little girl, my aspiration was to one day be a history professor! I hope to begin Master’s classes in the field of education and continue to be fascinated by changing technology in the classroom and different ways of engaging my students’ creativity!
Honors and awards: Phi Beta Kappa, Highest Honors in History Honors Program at Emory, Recipient of
the Theodore H. Jack Award, Phi Alpha Theta, Pi Sigma Alpha, Dean’s List at Emory.
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