On top of all these resources, students nowadays can get ahead in their academics with the help of Massive Open Online Courses. MOOCs are distance learning classes offered online through platforms such as edX, Coursera or Udacity. These online portals have emerged as universities and other institutions partner to make their professors and successful classes available to the whole world. The wide availability of MOOCs (many of which are free) makes it very easy to complement school learning and explore new interests. High school students should also know that colleges really value students’ initiatives to enrich their academic training through external resources such as online classes. Applicants should therefore communicate these experiences through their personal statements, curriculum vitae and interviews with college admissions representatives.
One of the most famous MOOCs, edX, recently launched a new set of courses specifically for students who want to take advantage of their summer to improve their academic credentials. According to the official website, "Summer Learning @ edX brings back our most popular courses, while launching brand new ones. EdX offers free online courses from the world’s best institutions and universities. Anyone, anywhere can take edX courses in a variety of subjects from computer science to psychology, engineering, languages, science and more."
To "learn more," visit the edX site.