Tips for students to sharpen their minds during summer

Teens in the Newsroom ProgramJuly 23, 2013 

— Just because we're on a break from school need not mean we are on a break from learning, too. Gaining new knowledge and keeping your brain stimulated are valuable pursuits that do not have to be confined to the classroom. If you're thirsting to stay on top of your game this summer, here are some tips to keep your mind sharp.

• Try some mind-stimulating games: Puzzles and board games aren't meant to be challenging for nothing. In fact, they help you hone your problem-solving skills and your ability to think on the go. If you're seeking a way to sharpen up this summer, opting for some mind-stimulating games is one of your best bets. Pull out some Sudoku or crossword puzzles every once in a while. Get together with some friends for a round of chess or Scrabble. Chances are you'll find yourself having a great time while expanding your brain's capabilities.

• Visit the local library: As cliché as it may sound, libraries truly are like treasure troves; the gems of knowledge they hold are just waiting to be discovered by you. To keep your mind stimulated this summer, try perusing the shelves of a local library. Even if you find yourself overwhelmed in sorting through all the options, a librarian will be happy to assist you in finding a suitable book. In any case, you're sure to come away with a fascinating read that will transport you to another world.

• Delve into your favorite school subject: Pursuing more fully what makes you tick at school is a great way to keep your brain cells activated during summer. What subject do you find fascinating? If you're interested in science, try learning about some recent developments in the field. If history is more your thing, try exploring some eras that maybe aren't covered in the school curriculum. Suffice it to say, delving into whatever area of knowledge excites you is excellent for keeping your mind sharp until school commences again.

• Keep up with the news: Taking a break from the reality shows to flip to an evening news channel every so often is perfect to get yourself thinking critically again. When you're surfing the web, make an effort to check out a news site, too. Make a habit out of reading the morning paper. (The fact that you're reading this is a good sign!) Staying updated on current events and happenings will help keep you gaining new knowledge on a regular basis as well as connecting yourself to the world around you.

Henna Hundal is an incoming junior at Turlock High School and member of The Bee's Teens in the Newsroom Program.

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