Read a Book that Interests YouIt is important to keep your academic curiosity and vocabulary sharp throughout the summer.
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Cultivate a New InterestSummer is also a time for creativity and freedom from your usual routines. Engaging your brain in new pastimes is an excellent way to keep your brain fit. Creating something or working on a task helps your mind function efficiently. A dance class, a foray into poetry, or learning a new skill all have advantages.
Begin Required Assignments ImmediatelyThe majority of schools assign packets and reading lists to students to assist them in retaining knowledge during the summer months. Do not delay completing them. If you wait until the week before school starts again, the processes and studying techniques you have honed to peak efficiency will have crumbled, and the packets and reading lists will take you much longer. Divide up the work during the first week of summer, and set short goals for the next several months. By the time August—and school—arrives, you will be done, and your brain will still be in prime shape! Fighting summer brain drain is all about intention. Whether you are doing crossword puzzles in the morning newspaper, or trying your hand at pottery or street hockey, if you are engaging your brain in new ways, you are encouraging retention. Remember—if you allow an ability to atrophy, it will only take you longer to do the same task in the future. Hold onto your hard-earned skills while still enjoying your summer—it is possible!
Andrea Deck is a professional GRE tutor and contributing writer for Varsity Tutors. She is a graduate student at Columbia University in the class of 2015.