Students are a lot like Olympic athletes. During the semester and academic year, they train by reading, writing, and studying, with exams and final projects being their “events.” But just like any athlete, students also have an off-season which may require students to do some brain exercises in order to stay in shape.
Here are some ways to keep your mind sharp over a long break:
Read Something New (and for Fun)
Take advantage of your time off and start a book you’ve been meaning to get around to. It will keep your mind in reading shape, and you’ll actually be able to spend time enjoying what you read instead of speed-reading through it just to absorb information.
Get Some Brain Training from Lumosity
Think of this website as a personal trainer for your brain. You fill out information about what you’d like to work on, and the website develops a Fit Test designed especially for your learning needs. Not only are these teasers challenging, but they’re also fun. This is a good way for your brain to stay sharp.
Learn a New Language for Free via Duolingo
You can either learn a new language or you could brush up on a language you’re somewhat familiar with. This is especially helpful if you’re studying abroad next semester or plan on studying abroad in the future and want to study up on the language of the country you’ll be living in. In this increasingly-global economy, knowing a second language could make the difference when it comes to you and another job candidate in a career situation.
Stockpile Crossword Puzzles and Sudoku
While students are bored at home, they could be doing some strength training—for their minds. Solving puzzles helps your brain stay limber, and students can get these for cheap at the local dollar store.
Download Letterpress to Your Phone
A game of strategy and words, Letterpress will have you pulling your hair out, but in the best, most-addictive way possible.
Keep a Journal of Your Break
You retain more information by writing longhand than you do by typing, so take a break from the computer, pull out a Moleskine notebook, and document your time at home.
Memorize the Lyrics to a Song
Preferably, choose a song you don’t know. By doing something like this, you boost the level of acetylcholine, a chemical that helps form your brain and boost memory function.
The Bottom Line
A break from studies and class can give your brain a rest, but you don’t want to let it get too lazy and out of shape. These brain exercises can help keep your mind in peak condition.