5 Ways to Keep Learning All Summer Long

summer learningNow that the spring semester has ended, many students are enjoying their summer vacations. But that's no reason to stop learning.

There are a few easy ways that you can keep your brain working all summer long. And when you return to school in the fall, you'll be ready to take on new subjects and lessons -- and still feel refreshed without feeling like you're starting all over again.

Here are five great ways to keep learning during the summer:

1. Read a Book: It doesn't have to be ‘War and Peace,’ but reading in general exercises your mind. You can expand your vocabulary simply by picking up a book. And you can even learn about new places, people, and things. If you make it a regular part of your routine, reading can become easier (even for adults). Read something fun and it won't even feel like a task anymore.

2. Learn a New Language: With so many amazing resources available, it's easy to start learning a new language. Between tapes and books, you can find any number of ways to pick up a few words from a new language and get a start on a subject you might find interesting. Even better, you can impress your family and friends after you've mastered a few key phrases. Then maybe you can take a vacation in a country that speaks the language!

3. Travel: Whether it’s across the country or just across town, there are always ways to make traveling a learning opportunity. As you visit new places, take notes. Observe local culture and tradition. Explore the sites and sounds. Ask the people about their home and what makes it special. You can learn a lot about a place by simply going there and experiencing it yourself.

4. Make Things: Whether it's molding a pot, quilting, or just making dinner, creating things helps you develop your problem-solving skills. When you realize that you're short on fabric or an ingredient, you can find ways to solve that. And by strengthening that skill, you'll be ready to solve for a whole new set of challenges when you return to class.

5. Take a DSST exam: Earn credits without summer classes by taking a DSST test during the summer months. You can study on your own time, and even enjoy the weather while doing so by studying outside at a beach, at the park, or at the pool. You’ll keep your brain sharp and in test-taking mode, and you’ll still have time to enjoy your summer break.

What are you doing to keep learning this summer? Tell us in the comments!

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