- Try brain teasers like Soduko, crossword puzzles, Scrabble or Words with Friends, chess, etc
Nothing helps an idle mind like a good game of Scrabble. By simply playing these types of games, one can stretch their mental muscles. In the process of playing the game, the learner will not only have fun but also get practice focusing or concentrating, something that is highly important to one's academic success.
- Read some books, blogs, or magazines that are fun and interesting, don't worry, it doesn't have to be Plato or Shakespere
Why not pick up People magazine or check out one of your friend's blogs while you have some time off? By reading different types of material that you find interesting, you will be improving your reading and vocabulary skills and having a good time simultaneously.
- Look up and use a new vocabulary word everyday
I know what you are thinking, but this could be fun, trust me. Learning new words can help stretch your brain as well and doesn't require a huge time commitment. By doing this, you may come to see how rich human language is.