Most college students use summer break as an escape from a stressful spring semester while others take advantage of this seasonal retreat. The minority of college students use breaks to study, apply for scholarships and internships, save money, and for other productive tasks to prepare for the upcoming fall semester. It will be wise to take part in some, if not all, of these activities before nestling in bed for the next two months.
Unlike preparing for a midterm or final exam, summertime studying can benefit self-development. It requires one to educate him or herself with information about a particular major or field of study he or she participates in. Having questions about one’s major is completely normal, so why not use free time to answer said questions? By researching, students will receive a jump start on the fall semester and a better understanding of what his or her major entails.
Studying requires both research and application of whatever information is acquired. For example, a student that wants to become a lawyer needs to be equipped with knowledge of case studies and legislation. This student should then read more about the subject once he or she realizes this. English majors might choose to build their writing skills, and computer science majors could create applications using programming systems that they have little knowledge about. It is important to find a way to formulate an activity to accompany research in order to retain the material.
Research and application can be done at home or in any public library for or two hours per day. This way, the rest of the day is open to summertime activities.