Posted by: W. E. Poplaski | May 31, 2008

Sophomore Action Plan: Summer

One year down and three to go!  If you finished freshman year with the GPA you wanted, congratulations!  If not, then use the summer to recoup.  In either event, summer is the time to get ahead and make your sophomore year great.


Follow this action plan for the summer (it continues the plan from the previous year).

  1. Continue your independent reading program (, ); plan to read, on average, at least 40 pages every day (i.e., 280 pages per week).
  2. Continue practicing for the PSAT.  You should plan on dedicating at least 6 hours each week to PSAT study.
  3.  Continue with online skill-building: vocabulary and sudoku.  Also, spend at least fifteen minutes each day browsing through college websites on the Internet; many of them have pages for “perspective students” (your goal is to become familiar with as many colleges as possible; try to get a feel for what you like in a college)



Start your summer reading with these books:


The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World, by Michael Pollan

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier, by Ishmael Beah

A Raisin in the Sun, by Lorraine Hansberry

Walk in the Light & Twenty-Three Tales, by Leo Tolstoy



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