Two words that truly don’t sound right together, do they? Over the summer, it is really important to relax, and take a well-earned rest, especially if you have just taken exams. However, if you are going on to higher or further education, it might be an idea to take a day or two to ensure you keep up good academic habits. There’s nothing worse than starting a new year of college, A Levels or university, and finding you’ve forgotten how to hold a pen, or what a textbook looks like.
I’m not saying it’s necessary to do proper academic work, i.e. revision, but if the subjects you studied this year will be coming up again next year, then hanging on to revision resources such as flashcards and mind-maps to have a quick glance
at every few weeks can never do any harm!
The best bit is that it doesn’t even have to be academic material that you focus on. You can just transform parts of your daily routine to mirror skills needed in education, to keep old habits fresh and sharp. Instead of making your To-Do list on your phone, try hand-writing it down everyday. Keeping a bullet journal over the summer can be another fantastic way of keeping your handwriting neat and tidy over the summer, whilst also combining a personalised, creative element.
Or, try and read a book or magazine a week, to keep your printed-reading skills up to scratch. A Level and University lessons go at a quicker pace than GCSE, and so its important to be able to read quickly and efficiently. If reading isn’t your cup of tea, then why not use YouTube channels to learn a new skill? All learning requires an element of language and linguistics, so picking up a new skill such as painting or a musical instrument can help reinforce this.
Just because you’re off from academic education for a few months, doesn’t mean that your learning has to stop!