Schools Training

4 Ways to Stay Sharp this Summer

11 JUN 2014

Summer goes by so quickly. It’s easy to spend your entire summer just enjoying the warm days and having fun, but it’s also important to stay sharp and continue learning. By staying mentally active and learning at your own pace about any subject you feel like tackling, you’ll prevent the classic “summer slide” in which you lose all of your hard-earned productive habits, meaning you’ll experience much less of a shock when you go back to school in the fall. There are many ways to stay sharp during the summer, and most of them are fun and easy to put into practice.


Okay, textbooks and school news aren’t always the most fascinating thing to read, but what about a novel or a book about a subject that really interests you? Books can entertain us while engaging our minds, and they often lead to making surprising discoveries about ourselves. During the school year, it’s normal if you’re too busy to read a novel for pleasure, but during the summer, when you have more free time, it can be a great treat. If you own a tablet and don’t know where to start, there are many books and educational articles that you can download for free on the online store, or else try the most popular section, which will show you all the latest bestsellers.

Play games

Games like Scrabble or Words With Friends, available on most smart phones, are all about being creative and making interesting words. They can be played with a friend online, and are a great way to exercise your brain since they encourage wit and imagination. You can also find similar games that test your math skills, logic or knowledge of trivia. Even a simple chess application can be a great way to keep your mind active. Since these games are available on your phone, you can bring them with you when you leave the house and play them on the go.

Start a garden

It’s amazing what nature has to teach us. By starting a garden, even if it’s just a few plants, and observing them grow, you’ll develop a connection with them and will learn to appreciate the little changes that every day bring. A garden is often a labour of love. If it’s just a few plants, it doesn’t require a huge time or monetary investment. Just a little love each day is all it takes. If you want to go the extra mile, you can read education news on the subject, or even start a journal documenting your garden’s evolution over time.

Visit a museum

Cultural centres and museums usually have admission specials and interesting exhibits during the summer. A museum is a great space to reflect on what you’re seeing. An exhibit can stimulate you, challenge you and make you truly appreciate the power of objects around you. Simply put, the summer is a great time of the year to visit a museum. Plus, museums have air conditioning!