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How to Ensure You Don’t Forget What You Learned During the Holidays

December 5th, 2019 by

The holidays allow time for much-needed rest and relaxation. However, many students struggle to get back into the swing of things once school starts again in January, and that can put a damper on their learning and progress. It’s important to take time to rest over the holidays, but students should also be cognizant of how they’re spending their time, taking care to do some productive and educational things that will benefit them now and in the future. Not only should students be trying to retain what they learned during the past semester over the holidays, but they should also be striving to learn more during their time off from school. Here are a few excellent ways to ensure students don’t forget what they’ve learned during their time off from school.


Take some time to look back on the past semester. What did you do well? What did you do poorly? What can you do differently or better in the upcoming semester? Consider improving study habits, sticking to a schedule, and having more accountability in your studies to keep you focused throughout the remainder of the school year. You should also reflect on the things that you learned, including what was most interesting to you, what you should maybe review and learn more about, and how you can apply what you learned in your life outside of school.

Set Goals

Goals should be actionable and realistic, but they can also cover a variety of topics and areas of life. You may have some academic goals, some personal goals, and some physical goals. Taking time to reflect on the past few months and look forward to the future with intentionality will help you retain what you’ve learned and also strive for more in the upcoming months.


It honestly doesn’t really matter what you’re reading as long as you are reading something. Sure, a textbook or informative non-fiction book would be ideal, but even a comic book, blog posts, or movie reviews are going to help you hone your reading skills during the holiday break. The best thing you can read would be notes from the past semester, especially those that are pertinent in your primary subject areas and that contain information you’ll need to have mastered for the remainder of the year. But again, reading a novel, a magazine, or any written text will be beneficial for memory and increased learning.


Writing can be incredibly relaxing and cathartic, and it has huge educational advantages as well. Again, you can write just about anything—journal entries, poems, blogs, letters, stories, and so on. Any form of writing is going to help you retain information and grow as a writer, provided that you apply the writing rules you’ve learned in school while you write. You may use writing as a way to reflect on the past semester and set goals for the upcoming months.

Get Creative

Tapping into your creative side is a good way to keep your brain active and improve your memory. Any type of creativity is welcome, whether it be drawing, painting, sculpting, coloring, mixed media, and the like. Maybe you like cooking or decorating, or maybe you want to hand-make someone’s gift this holiday season. Any sort of creativity is great, so embrace whatever gets you excited and make something amazing.

Use Math Skills in Real Life

Math skills are some of the first to go when you aren’t using them regularly, so try your best to integrate what you learned in math class into your real life over the holidays. Maybe that involves baking and working on your fractions. Maybe it’s about figuring out the percentage of a tip for a server at a restaurant or budgeting for your family’s upcoming vacation or grocery trip. Math appears in sports of all kinds, weather predictions, road trips, and so on. Find ways to use what you know and build upon your mathematical knowledge even when you’re not in school to help you retain what you learned and to learn more.

Do Science Experiments to Refresh Concepts

Everyone loves a good science experiment! Chances are you can find one or several related to some concepts you learned over the past few months, and you can get the whole family involved and teach them about how and why the experiment works. You can find a variety of fun science experiments online, but you can also look for chemical reactions and other scientific concepts in your daily life, such as when you cook, talk about the weather, and more.

Explore Museums

The holidays are the perfect time for some fun family get-togethers, so why not make a few educational? Go to some art, history, or science museums in whatever city you’ll be in this season, and learn about interesting and educational things while getting some quality family time. It can be exciting for students to see things in a museum that they learned about at school, and they’ll enjoy teaching their families what they already know about the subject.

Stay Active

Being active can help you remember some things you learned from biology, health, or physical education, but it’s also just good for the brain and body. If you can get some fresh air while exercising, that’s even better. Staying active will keep you productive and focused on whatever you have going on during the holidays, and it will improve your mood and help you sleep better as well. Getting your heart pumping will bring more oxygen into your brain and muscles, improving overall function and blood flow, which can contribute to a better memory, better information retention, and an overall healthier lifestyle.




How to Use Social Media Responsibly

July 25th, 2019 by

How to Use Social Media Responsibly


Social media has absolutely revolutionized our world. It’s crazy to think that Facebook has been around for less than 20 years and has been accessible to everyone for even less time than that. After the introduction of Facebook, it began a snowball effect of social media platforms. From Instagram to snapchat and from LinkedIn to Alignable, social media sites are everywhere and serve just about every purpose possible when it comes to connecting individuals.

Teens have a not-so-great reputation when it comes to knowing how to use social media responsibly, but it’s incredibly important that adults everywhere teach younger generations how to be wise about their social media usage and general internet behavior. Not only does the world need good online citizens, but irresponsibility in social media use can bring about serious and significant damage to an individual’s reputation and can even ruin their chances of getting into their dream school or landing that perfect job. Whether you’re just entering the world of social media or you’re just looking to brush up on some tips on how to use social media responsibly, here are the best pieces of advice we’ve found to make social media benefit you rather than harm you.


A Student’s Guide to Career Technical Education (CTE) Programs

May 7th, 2019 by

A Student’s Guide to Career Technical Education (CTE) Programs

If you’re a middle school or high school student, a college student, a teacher, or involved in education in any way, you’ve likely heard about career technical education. Not only are educators and students seeing the many benefits of CTE programs, but employers see the various advantages of hiring students who have gone through CTE coursework. With technological changes occurring constantly and the job market rapidly growing and evolving, students today are being prepared to take on jobs that don’t even exist yet, which makes real-world skills and practical application of knowledge absolutely vital. Continue reading our comprehensive guide to career technical education to learn all about it, including available programs, the benefits of these programs, and how to make the most of your educational time with hands-on career technical education.


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Credit Recovery High School Program in San Diego

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At San Diego Virtual School, we provide credit recovery classes to students who need to make up high school credits that they may have fallen behind on over the years. As a credit recovery high school, we can help any student in high school that has fallen behind on classes and wants to catch up, provided that they qualify for the credit recovery classes.


San Diego Public School Holidays in 2016

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After weeks of academic achievements and challenges, you’ll be ready to play just as hard as you’ve studied. So, pack your overnight bags and mark your calendars for holidays in 2016 because that means days off for public school students, including those enrolled at San Diego Virtual School.

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