Try these 6 techniques to stay sharp over the summer

So, you’re out of school for the summer and singing “School’s Out” by Alice Cooper.

Well, at first you might be delighted that you can rest your brain. But pretty soon, you’re going to want to get back to it. (Trust us on this one.) And you’re afraid that if you don’t do something challenging this summer your brain will just fizzle out.

It doesn’t have to be that way. Our friends at HackCollege have six suggestions on how you can stay sharp this summer so you can return to school in the fall ready to hit the books.

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We’re not saying you can’t find something purely for the fun of it, such as Game of ThronesFifty Shades of Gray or Under the Dome , but slip in some smart reads as well, both fiction and nonfiction. Maybe Brave New World, Moby Dick, or Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking.

Listen to worthwhile podcasts
There are many worthwhile free and paid podcasts on iTunes that will help get your brain a’buzzin’.

Have a meaningful conversation with someone
This will get the synapses in your brain all fired up. If your friends won’t participate, talk to your parents or grandparents. If they’re not around, there are many places where people are talking about important things. You could even try the local barber shop or beauty salon.

Work out
It’s no secret that sweating will make you feel better. Go for a walk or run. Do some yoga. You’ll be amazed at how much better you’ll feel and how much more focused you’ll be.  Of course, you could kill two birds with one stone by listening to a podcast while you’re working out. Cool, huh?

Pay attention to current events
And there are many more ways than ever before to do it. You can do it the old fashioned way – watching the news on TV or reading the headlines in the paper. Or, you can access a news organization’s website, Facebook page, Twitter feed, blog, etc. It doesn’t matter how  you do it, but it’s important to know what’s going on in the world around you.

Write
Whatever you want to write – poems, songs, short stories, long stories, blogs, letters, limericks, haikus – just write. As long as you’re writing, you’re creating and that will help keep your brain sharp.

If you have any other suggestions just let us know.

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