18 Jun 2018

MAKING THE MOST OF SCHOOL HOLIDAYS

The change from the school environment is usually a welcome change in itself, and you can take the opportunity to make the break productive. Here are some steps you can take to ensure that your school summer holiday is relaxing and rewarding, while still preparing you for academic success.

Depending on where you live there may be opportunities to have a fun field trip, while learning about your subjects. Research some sites that you might want to visit and plan a trip with your friends or classmates (with your parents’ permission of course!).

Museums are often free or offer reduced rates for students, and they can really help to bring history lessons to life. If you’re studying art, the summer is a great time to visit art galleries (and get inspired to work on your own art projects).

All those physical geography features you learn about in class are features in the real world… maybe there’s a waterfall or ox-bow lake near you that you can visit, take pictures of and write about – so you have real examples when those features come up in class.
Public libraries are literally full of books just waiting to be read. Don’t be overwhelmed by the amount of choice – libraries have librarians whose job it is to help you find what you’re looking for – you can focus on some of your school subjects, or try to learn about something completely new. Talk to a librarian about what you are interested in, or what you have enjoyed reading so far and they will help you find what you need.

Don’t forget about school completely

When you work hard all year, you certainly deserve a break, but be careful not to forget about school completely. If you do, you’ll have a much harder time getting going when school starts up again. It is particularly important not to completely abandon the subjects you are weakest in – set a small amount of time aside each week to review your notes from your toughest subjects. This will prevent you from sliding backwards during the break and make sure you’re ready to learn new material when the time comes.
the multitude of camps offered every holiday time, and whilst some book up very fast, with a little flexibility on your part, you can often still find a day or two available for last-minute bookings.

Some kids love tennis, swimming, cricket, soccer, science and Lego based activity camps. Some are single day, others a full week.

So whilst this is not a new suggestion, it’s worth mentioning again as utilising an activity camp for even a couple of days can be terrific when we need to work and the kids are still on holidays.

You can also get a job

Don’t worry too much about what the job will pay. As the saying goes, “Take a job for what you will learn, not for what you will earn.”

This is especially true when it comes to school holiday jobs. The best learning experience might just come in the form of an unpaid job or internship.

It is also a time to learn new skills. You could learn skills like…

  • Public speaking
  • Cooking
  • Drawing
  • Self-defense
  • Negotiation
  • Listening
  • Positive thinking

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