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Staying Sharp over Winter Break

It is inevitable to forget some of your coursework during Winter break, but you don't want to forget everything! Here are my top three tips to be prepared for your Spring semester courses.
 
1) Drop the remote and back away from the TV! Though sometimes all you want to do is veg-out, make sure to spend some time away from the TV, internet, and video games. Spend time outside and get familiar with winter biology. Are any plants growing or flowering during winter where you live? What animals are around? What food do you think these animals eat and how do they stay warm? Getting outside is a fun way to keep biological concepts fresh in your mind. If your next semester is filled with challenging chemistry courses try baking and cooking! Think about solutions (what is the solute and what is the solvent?) by making some rock candy (a tasty treat to share with friends). What type of crystal shapes are formed from the hardened rock candy? Can you make an suspensions, colloids, or emulsions in the kitchen?
 
2) Read. Read anything, books, magazines, articles, anything that you enjoy. Reading is the best way to keep your mind sharp and has the added benefit of expanding your horizons (not to mention your vocabulary). Read!
 
3) Take some time to relax and re-charge. To me, the fall semester always seems to drag on and come December I am completely burnt-out. Give your brain a chance to re-charge by taking some time to relax, exercise, and do things that you enjoy. Taking a productive break from school will leave you feeling refreshed and ready to tackle your Spring semester courses.