Summer reading — The best books for college students

This summer you might be tempted to walk away from anything remotely connected to learning. But summer reading is a great thing, and not just for college students.

If you need a little inspiration when it comes to compiling your top books to read, here are some suggestions for the best books to keep your mind in tip-top shape during the break. Read more

Summer online courses: We found the 8 most unusual

College students can get bored during the summer. I kept my brain from turning to mush on a beach by improving my academics with some summer reading and light hearted studying by taking online courses in a zany or unusual subject.

Have you considered online courses over summer break?

Have you considered online courses over summer break?

I took a course in the Hawaiian language and it was fascinating. My study tip for college students who want to expand their knowledge is to search the Internet for unique and fun online courses. Read more

How to power through your summer reading list

Summertime—a period when college students get to kick back and just relax. Who cares if you forget half of what you learned during the last semester, right? Not so fast, doing some summer reading will not only keep your brain sharp, but also give you a head start on classes in the fall.

You can still enjoy the great outdoors while you finish your summer reading list. (Credit: presta HertzaHaeon)

You can still enjoy the great outdoors while you finish your summer reading list. (Credit: presta HertzaHaeon)

No one is saying you have to read War and Peace, but the benefits of adding some of the written word into your diet of sun and fun from June through August may just outlast your tan. Here are some things to consider when creating or selecting your summer reading list. Read more

How to enjoy summer and still keep your mind sharp

While you’re sleeping until noon and hitting the beach this summer, don’t let summer learning loss affect your memory and ability to learn. Even for students in higher education it’s important to keep your brain as well as your body active over the summer.

You can still enjoy the beach while taking summer courses.

You can still enjoy the beach while taking summer courses.

You don’t have to be a nerd or an overachiever to get some benefit out of summer learning. College students can get a head start on next semester’s classes, study abroad, check out an online schedule of classes or delve into a summer reading list. Read more

Summer break ideas for literature students: Gain culture through literature reading and discussion

Summer literature

Summer literature (Photo by JPott)

Literature can do more than help you pass the warm summer afternoons. It can lead to a career in writing, publishing, library science or teaching. Can you imagine yourself in any of those roles? The study of literature can also serve as an excellent preparation for a career in law or communication. Literature helps us to refine our ability to speak, read and write as well as to perform critical thinking. It opens our minds to new ideas and to other languages and cultures. So, what are you waiting for? Try some of these summer break ideas and explore the many places literature can take you.

Explore the literature landscape

Literature can take you positively anywhere! Read more

Questia’s summer reading list and other ways to keep your mind sharp over summer break

Summer readingSummer break is here and at last, and now that your schedule has opened up, make productive use of the time! Have fun while keeping your mind sharp by taking in some summer reading, checking out museums, doing volunteer work and playing brain games. As a gift to our readers, we’ve even opened up TEN great books for free to enjoy throughout your summer break! Read more