Summer vacation is something teachers and students alike look forward to every year and rightfully so; education can be exhausting whether you’re teaching or learning. While you’re on summer break, it’s easy to get complacent sitting in front of the TV or sleeping in until noon. Try these simple tips to keep your mental juices flowing all summer long.
Make a Summer Reading List
Students often experience the “summer slide” where they forget a lot of what they learned the previous year when they head back to school. Teachers and students alike however, can benefit from summer reading lists. Make a reasonable goal of how many books you’d like to read over the summer and then find a variety of topics to put on your reading list.
If you’re drawing a blank, check the New York Times’ Bestseller list for some inspiration. Whether it’s a cookbook or mystery, reading is a great way to stimulate your mind.
Take an Online Course
Many educational websites offer free or inexpensive online courses that teach things like language, computer programming, and even photography. If a certain subject has always sparked your interest, consider diving into a course on it over the summer. Pace yourself and take time to soak in the new information and really enjoy it.
Outline Goals for the Rest of the Year
Making mid-year resolutions is a great way to keep yourself motivated and focused for the rest of the year. While you aren’t in the classroom, use your time to decide what you really want to accomplish throughout the rest of the year. The stress of everyday life often forces us to abandon our hopes and goals in favor of accomplishing the more pressing needs of the moment. But this doesn’t have to be the case.
Do you want to earn a new certificate? Would you like to improve your GPA? Whatever it may be, write it down and work to accomplish our goal.
Watch a Documentary
If you’ve committed yourself to relaxing on the couch all summer, you can at least learn a little something to keep your mind active. Documentaries are a great way to visualize history, science, and more. Streaming networks like Netflix have endless documentaries to watch that are not only educational but actually interesting.
One of the worst things you can do for your mental health is staying indoors all day. Staring at the same four walls does nothing for mental stimulation and can make you feel depressed. Get outside and go for a walk, head to the beach, or go on a camping trip. Fresh air can do wonders for your mind, body, and spirit.
Look Forward to the Year Ahead
Summer goes by quickly and while you’re sweating through the hottest days of the year, remember why education is important to you and look forward to all the experiences ahead. Keep your mind alert and enjoy every moment of your summer break!