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The summer season is rolling into view! Hooray! The days are getting longer and suddenly it might seem like the summer months ahead of you will stretch on forever.

Of course, the summer break is a time to enjoy some hard-earned rest, enjoy time with friends and perhaps even pick up a summer job before you head off to college. But it’s a great idea to also keep your mind active and stay involved with your studies over the coming summer. And here’s why:

Avoid Summer Brain Drain

When it’s hot outside and you don’t have upcoming deadlines or homework to worry about, why study? Because as strange as it might sound – summer brain drain is real. It’s when your mind over-relaxes while you’re away from the classroom and you can start to forget things you’ve learned or skills you’ve developed over the past year, without even realising it.  It’s something all students have to face every year – you or your friends have probably even experienced it in the past. But why does it happen?

Your Mind Works Best When It’s Constantly Used

Have you ever heard the expression use it or lose it? Well it’s true. It’s much easier to forget all the things you’ve learned in class if you’re not regularly using your brain and keeping that information active in your mind. Have you ever taken a break from doing a sport or exercise regime? Do you remember what it was like when you returned to that activity after some time away? Just like the muscles in your body, your brain can get stiff and rusty if you fall out of the habit of using it.

You’ll Thank Yourself in August

Skipping out on your studies over summer could mean you have A LOT of catching up to do in the first few weeks back at school. Not only will it be harder to get back into the routine of studying, but you could find that you have to re-learn many of the things you thought you had already conquered. And that’s in addition to all the new things you’ll have to learn in August and beyond. It could be very overwhelming right at the start of a new school year, but that kind of stress could be easily avoided. Be kind to yourself and don’t let that happen. Believe us – you will really give yourself a big pat on the back if you arrive for your first day of a new semester and everything feels familiar and fresh.

So How Can You Keep Your Mind Active?

Keeping your mind active and focused on your studies over summer doesn’t have to be a challenge – in fact you might be surprised at how easy it can be! Think ‘little and often’ –  do 30 minutes or an hour of studying every day to keep your knowledge up-to-date and your mind alert. Try reviewing your class notes as soon as you wake up in the morning, or spend some time catching up on your reading while you’re outside enjoying the sunshine. Your Getting Into The Ivys tutor can help you: a pop quiz or a few refresher tutoring sessions are great ways to stay on top of things. Just ask and they’ll be happy to help you.

Remember, the summer is a time to have fun, but it doesn’t take much to stay active and involved with your studies and it will be well worth it in the end.

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