Summer is your time to relax and unwind, taking a well-deserved break after all your hard work over the past academic year! However, it is quite a long break to have away from College, so we’ve come up with 5 ways that you can keep your mind active over the summer.
This doesn’t mean you need to do lots of studying over summer, but it’s important to exercise your brain during this long break, so by the time September rolls around you’re ready to jump straight back into College.
Reading can help improve your language skills as well as your knowledge about the topics that interest you. Plus your brain signals become more active. You don’t just have to read books though; you can read the newspaper and keep update with current affairs or read online articles and blogs juts like this one!
Make the most of the lovely summer weather and enjoy reading outdoors, whether that be in your garden or the park.
Playing games can be a great way to keep your mind active and engaged and it can be beneficial to your brain’s performance and memory. Doing a crossword or sudoku or playing strategic board games and card games can improve memory retention and develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills.
This can also be a great way to be social as you can play with friends and family or on your own!
Pick a new hobby
The summer break is the perfect time to learn something new or develop your existing skills and talents. You could get creative and try journaling and drawing, or you could get creative in the kitchen.
If you’re an active or sporty person, why don’t you try out a new sport? Keeping physically active also helps to engage the mind as well as improving personal wellbeing.
Volunteer or work a summer job
Volunteering is a great way to learn new skills that will look great on your CV whilst helping out in your community and meeting new people. You may even be able to find a paid summer job and save up some money at the same time!
Go over some of your course material
Whilst your summer break is meant for relaxing and rest, it is important to keep your mind refreshed of everything you have learned in the previous year and maybe get a head start on what you’ll need to know for next year. This doesn’t have to be a stressful or tedious task; you could go over your notes and makes some flashcards or watch some educational content around the topic you are studying online.
Why not meet up with some friends and study together!