It’s arrived! You’re finally on break. You’ve been looking forward to it for weeks. As soon as your last class ended, you breathed a sigh of relief. You’ve got plans, and maybe you’re visiting somewhere new, but you also want to be productive during your downtime. If you’re looking for ways to get the most out of your school break, try the following:
Review old notes and homework
Breaks are a great time to catch up on school work. Whether you’re struggling in class or want to brush up on a few concepts, take this time to go over your notes, homework, and textbooks to make sure you understand the key concepts. This is a good time to polish your notes and add anything you missed the first time around. Reach out to friends and teachers for clarification on concepts you can’t wrap your head around. Rework old problems to improve your understanding. If you have a syllabus, it’s also a great time to start getting ahead so that your schedule gets a bit easier to manage.
Watch educational videos
Working on your school work is nice, but part of learning also involves branching out into new things and maintaining a general curiosity about the world. While you can watch videos on concepts that relate to your schoolwork, try to learn something new as well. There is a wealth of videos on the internet that cater to learning new subjects or skills. Try some of the sources below:
Everyone should read more books and read often. Reading helps build a variety of skills. It helps you increase your vocabulary, reading comprehension skills, communication skills, writing skills, and even your understanding of the world. Read from a variety of sources. You don’t have to stick to just novels. Read newspapers in print or online, read informational guides, magazines, and more. Even reading comic books and graphic novels can be beneficial. The key is to try to expand your horizons. Try a genre you wouldn’t normally consider every once in a while. Try something that’s a bit tougher than what you normally read. If physical books aren’t your thing, don’t fret. Audiobooks can be just as valuable.
Do some research
Now’s a perfect time to start (or continue) researching for the important milestones you have coming up. If you’re in high school or college, there are definitely things you should be thinking about no matter what age you are. Look up information about the colleges you might want to attend (or switch to). Look up information about jobs and careers or learn more about yourself. Look for scholarships. Seek out internships. Research programs that relate to your major. If you do this, you’re doing more work than many of your peers, which will help you stay ahead.
Start a project
Starting a project involving something you’re passionate about (especially if it relates to what you want to do) is a great way to stand out at any stage in your life. When college admissions staff or potential employers review your resume or whatever else you submit, they’re always going to look for things that indicate that you are a unique and exceptional candidate. Even if your grades aren’t stellar, being able to show tangible proof of your passions or some practical application of your skills can launch you to the top of considered candidates. So, during this break, start working on your portfolio, create a website, or do something else that shows off your passion and skills.