16Dec, 2016

The long summer days can be a great time to relax and recharge, but they can also be a chance to reflect on what you’ve learned and prepare for next year’s units. Here are ten tips for a fun and productive summer.

Serious stuff:

  •          Work or volunteer – in your field or in a totally different area.
  •          Read articles in your field – do pre-reading for next term’s units to get ahead if you have the topic/book list.
  •          Watch documentaries or clips – try to find ones that challenge your beliefs and perceptions (these are some good sites for free movies of varying lengths: Documentary Heaven or Ted Talks or Academic Earth or on the ‘Crash Course’ YouTube channel). You could start with the TED MED video above.
  •          Improve your writing skills – with sites like http://www.wordstream.com/blog/ws/2014/08/07/improve-writing-skills and https://www.grammarly.com/ or visit your local writer’s centre for short courses and tips.
  •          Reread, organise and archive your notes and assignments from this year.
  •          Re-arrange your bedroom, office or house – try to think about how to make it more conducive to effective study next term.


Fun stuff:

  •          Travel – to a new place in your area, to the country or overseas.
  •          Make a movie – with your friends or kids (you could do the whole process of writing the script, rehearsing and filming or recreate one of your favourite movies or scenes).
  •          Get out and experience something new – try a new water sport, have a picnic at a park you’ve never been to, visit a gallery or museum.
  •          Buy a new book – a novel by your favourite writer, the book version of a movie you’ve seen lately or something by Keri Smith, who has a whole series of books that are interactive and will get your creativity flowing.

If you have any helpful summertime routines or exciting adventures that you want to share, let us know on the Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/NavitasSLS/).

Happy Summer Holidays!