Helping students stay sharp during summer vacation

CCRCE News: 
Friday, July 14, 2017

Summer is a time for students to relax, spend time with family and friends, and enjoy the warm weather. 

It’s also a time to build upon what you learned during the school year and ensure you’ll be ready to hit the books when classes resume in the fall. 

So, how can you have fun and stay ready to jump back into the learning environment when September rolls around? Try these tips to stay prepared!

1. Summer reading – Few things keep the mind sharp like reading and it’s one of the easiest ways to keep your mind engaged during the summer. Whether it’s fiction, non-fiction, history or action/adventure, picking up a book every day is fun and a great learning tool. 

2. Play outside – Physical activity improves your energy, lifts your mood, and contributes to brain health. It even improves your ability to retain information! So get outside for a game with friends, a hike, or a walk in the park. 

3.  Volunteer – Stay active in your community by volunteering with a local organization. Volunteering provides valuable experience by helping you develop leadership and job skills, and exposes you to potential career options. 

4. Write every day – It doesn’t have to be a novel, but keep your writing skills fresh by jotting down at least a few paragraphs every day. Try your hand at poetry, consider keeping a journal, or keep a record of current events in your area. It will keep you in the mindset of learning and someday you’ll be able to look back at what you wrote and reminisce about your past summers. 

5. Try something new – Summer is a great time to try new things and learn new skills. You have extra time on your hands, so try a new sport or that dance class you’ve been thinking about. Trying something new helps you grow as a person, expands your knowledge base and improves your self-esteem.