• Reading Tips for Students

    • Make a time and a place for reading in your home.
    • Use technology to access e-books (iPod, iPad, Kindle, etc.).
    • Discuss current events with your family. Learn more by reading newspapers or news websites.
    • Get a subscription to a magazine you will enjoy reading. Some examples might be Newsweek, Motor Trend or People.
    • Check out various book clubs in the community or online, or create your own book club and books to read and discuss with friends.
    • Visit the library at North Idaho College or another university, and while you’re there, walk around the campus. 
    • Read “The Numbers Behind NUMB3RS: Solving Crime with Mathematics.”
    •  Write 10 good hints for taking a math test. Discuss the answers with someone. (Work problems backward, review notes beforehand, study vocabulary, etc.)
    • Look up ticket prices for several amusement parks. Determine which season pass is the best value for the money and why.
    • Compare and contrast algebra and geometry. Use a Venn diagram to show differences and similarities between the two.
    • Keep a log of locations visited on trips around town, around the country, or around the world. Plot the locations on a map, using a grid system. Compute the actual distances traveled between the points and compare to the distances “as the crow flies.”
    • Identify ways in which algebra is used in everyday life.
    • Convert the daily temperature listed in the newspaper from Fahrenheit to Celsius.


    • Keep a personal journal or diary and tell your own stories. 
    • Write a letter to the editor of a newspaper.
    • Write daily to keep your skills sharp. Some topics might include: career goals, summer break activities, and practice essays for college entrance submissions.
    • Include your real-life writing experiences (e.g., writing letters or e-mails to family members) and use idioms, adages, and proverbs
    • Take time to update your resume over the summer to include any volunteer work or courses that may enhance your chances for employment.


    • Look in the classified ads of your newspaper and find job listings for different professions. What is the median pay range? What are the job requirements, education requirements, benefits, and opportunities for advancement?