There is everything to love about the summer time, from the hot weather that calls for fun, outdoor activity to the smells of fireworks and campfires. However, something about the summer makes going back to school in the fall that much more difficult. Here are some tips to stay sharp this summer so your brain doesn’t suffer when it’s over.
1. Books: Reading is the best and most simple way to exercise your mind daily. It’s okay if you prefer the fun reads, but try to sprinkle in some smart reads, too, such as Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy or Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell. Do this, and you’ll return to school with new vocabulary, fresh insights, and critical thinking.
2. News: Following current events is necessary to be an active an educated member of society. Whether it’s watching the news in the morning, skimming over the headlines in the newspaper, or checking out your news apps, find a way to know what’s going on in the world.
3. Podcasts: Podcasts are typically free and easy to find from resources like iTunes. Just by pushing play while driving on a roadtrip or laying out by the pool this summer, you can learn everything from a new language to in-depth current event stories. This is a great opportunity to gain new perspectives by listening to someone else’s opinions for awhile.
4. Exercise: While the summer is a tempting time to be lazy, studies show your minds will be much happier and healthier if you get in a bike ride or an hour of yoga during your day. Be even more efficient by loading one of the podcasts onto your iPod and learn while you exercise!
5. Write: Take advantage of the summer as a chance to write without any restrictions or criteria. Write a blog, a poem, a letter, or a list. Keep a notebook by your bed to jot down any late-night thoughts. As long as you’re writing, your brain is working and creating, which is the most important part.
Whether you’re working or taking classes this summer, be sure to get in some time for fun and adventure, too. After all, one of the best ways to learn is through experiences.