Advertising
Advertising

10 Online Tools for Summer Self-Education

10 Online Tools for Summer Self-Education

As another term is wrapping up, you must be thrilled that you’ll finally be able to enjoy your days without having any responsibilities associated with your studies. However, you shouldn’t forget all about your education throughout these months, since all the effort you invested into the exams for the term that’s now behind you will be worthless if you don’t remember anything you’ve learned.

You surely know that studying is not only about getting good grades; it’s all about growing as a person and obtaining knowledge that you’ll use throughout your life. With all those summer distractions that you are yet to experience, your memory can easily fade away, so you’ll need to freshen up your base of information from time to time.

The following tools won’t take much of your time, but will help you stay prepared to handle the following educational challenges with ease.

1. ImageQuiz

    The best way to remember information in the long term is by freshening up your knowledge with fun quizzes. ImageQuiz allows you to upload your own images or use content from the web in order to create quizzes. There is no need for registration, so you can create a quiz within minutes and test what you have remembered from all that studying you went through.

    Advertising

    2. Map Tales

      By creating map-based stories, you will not only make your summer trips more fun, but will also improve your storytelling skills, which are extremely important for academic writing. You can also use this tool to create visual presentations of historical eras or the journeys of fictional characters.

      3. Draft

        This free word processor enables you to collaborate with other users. You can use it to practice your academic writing skills and get feedback on your content. Draft will help you stay away from distractions and find the things you have written without any effort. Another cool way to use this tool is for creating daily entries about your summer experiences.

        4. I Wish You To

        Advertising

          It’s easy to forget about your classmates when you’re out of school for months, but don’t forget that their friendship and support helped you get through difficult times during the school year. I Wish You To is a great tool that enables you to create unique e-cards that you can send to your classmates (or even teachers) throughout the summer.

          5. Sketchlot

            Don’t you miss the whiteboard during summer? Of course you don’t, but this tool is much more than a replication of a whiteboard. It enables you to draw and sketch online, which will make all information easier to remember.

            6. Visme

              This free online tool will help you create infographics, animations, and presentations on any topic you can think of. During the summer, you can use Visme to create informal and fun presentations, which will help you get used to the tool and use it like a pro when the new term starts.

              Advertising

              7. Buncee

                With Buncee, you can create multimedia presentations that will help you remember all important information you’ve learned during the previous term.

                8. Pinterest

                  Of course you’ll use Pinterest during the summer, but did you know that you can do that with an educational purpose in mind? Find resources associated to your favorite subject and pin them to your board. That will make you look cool, but will also help you learn in a fun and relaxed manner.

                  9. Essay Minions

                  Advertising

                    Summer is the best time to read some of the books that will be mandatory for your next literature class. That will save you from a lot of frustration during the next term. However, you should also write the book reports while the impressions are still fresh. If you struggle with writing, then Essay Minioins is the right resource to turn to. The professional writers you can hire at this website will help you write the essays and improve your academic writing skills during the summer.

                    10. GeoGuessr

                      Geography can be very fun when you learn it through a game with an educational twist. This is the perfect game for summer mornings—it will help you explore the world and get more excited about this class.

                      Increase your learning potential during the summer!

                      Your summer break is the perfect time to discover that gaining knowledge and improving your academic writing skills can be fun. Without the pressuring deadlines and the anxiety caused by your teacher’s comments, you can learn whatever you are interested in without forgetting what you have learned during the previous term.

                      Featured photo credit: Community stills via telestrekoza.com

                      More by this author

                      Melissa Burns

                      Entrepreneur

                      Wealthy, Successful People Who Choose Less over More: 10 Real-Life Stories of Minimalists If You Want to Succeed in Life, You Need to Find Your True Calling First Why Do We All Feel Empty Sometimes Everything We Can Learn from the Most Famous Entrepreneurs Around the World YouTube Blogger 4 Pillars of Becoming a Successful YouTube Blogger

                      Trending in Productivity

                      1 10 Simple Strategies to Make Your Life Better Starting Today 2 30 Best Procrastination Quotes to Get You Back to Work 3 3 Steps to Organize Your Thoughts And 10X Your Productivity 4 4 Simple Steps To Track Your Progress Towards Your Goals 5 How To Be A Successful Person (And What Makes One Unsuccessful)

                      Read Next

                      Advertising
                      Advertising
                      Advertising

                      Published on July 15, 2019

                      10 Simple Strategies to Make Your Life Better Starting Today

                      10 Simple Strategies to Make Your Life Better Starting Today

                      Habits are an important part of the direction you take your life, and — as I’ll share with you shortly — there are certain daily habits you can adopt right away that are guaranteed to improve your life.

                      Think back to when you were just six or seven years old…

                      At that age you probably didn’t have many habits. But, as the years went by, you picked up more and more good and bad habits.

                      You may not have thought about it before, but habit forming never really stops.

                      That’s why it’s never too late to change your habits and transform your life.

                      So, if you feel burdened by your bad habits, start kicking them into shape by replacing them with these 10 positive, life-changing strategies:

                      1. Go to Bed a Little Earlier and Wake up Earlier 

                      Starting tonight, get yourself to bed 30 minutes earlier than usual. And, then make sure you get up tomorrow morning 30 minutes earlier, too. This small change can have a BIG impact on your day. 

                      Advertising

                      Instead of furiously rushing in the morning to get ready for work, the extra time will give you a golden opportunity to start your day off on the right note. You can drink a smoothie while sitting on your porch, spend 10 minutes exercising and stretching, and still have time to read a few pages of an inspiring book.

                      2. Be Grateful for the Good Things in Your Life 

                      Setbacks and obstacles are inevitable in life. But, with a positive mindset, you’ll be able to overcome most of these. And, when you do, you’ll boost your self-confidence. 

                      This is something you can definitely be grateful for. 

                      However, if worst-case scenarios are playing out in your life, then sometimes, to stay strong, you’ll need to keep your mind on the good things that are happening to you. For example, your relationship with your partner might be crumbling, but your career is continuously getting stronger. It’d be easy to feel downtrodden and miserable about your relationship problems —  but, it would be much healthier to keep your mind and gratitude on these things that are going well, such as your career.

                      3. Drink Water All Day Every Day 

                      I’m sure you’ve heard the advice of drinking at least eight glasses of water a day, but are you following that advice? If not, you’re robbing your body and mind of essential hydration. 

                      With the right amount of water intake a day, you’ll be amazed how good you feel — and how good you look!

                      4. Take 15 Minutes to Set Goals for the Day, and Then Tackle Them One by One 

                      This strategy will put your life into a new stratosphere! And, it’s very simple to do. 

                      Advertising

                      Simply spend 15 minutes in the morning (either at home or at work) planning what you need and want to achieve during the rest of the day. Once you’ve listed your tasks, the next step is to put them into order of priority. 

                      For instance, you have three things to do: catch up with your emails, write a project update, and prepare a briefing for your CEO. It’s best if you put these in order of importance. In this example, your emails can probably wait until you’ve created your CEO brief and updated your project documentation.

                      5. Turn Off Your Cell Phone (or Put it on Airplane Mode) When You’re Focusing 

                      A 2012 study found that even looking at a cell phone or feeling it vibrate in your pocket can significantly distract focus and reduce your ability to complete complex tasks.[1]

                      It’s no surprise really, as our thoughts are subconsciously drawn towards checking our phones when they’re switched on. It’s a bad habit — but one that most of us have. However, when you need 100% focus (like I do when writing my articles), then switching your phone off, or at least putting it into airplane mode, will free your mind and supercharge your focus. Try it and see!

                      6. Walk as Much as You Can 

                      Have you noticed that most people’s lives are sedentary? They drive to work, sit in front of a screen all day, then drive home and binge on the latest Netflix series. It’s no wonder there’s a growing epidemic of obesity and mental health issues. 

                      Our bodies are made to move — so we should move them! This can be as simple as walking up the stairs to your office instead of taking the elevator, and going out for a walk around the block at lunchtime. In the evening, instead of arriving home and crashing on the sofa; spend 20 to 30 minutes walking around your block.

                      When you make these things a habit, you’ll be amazed by how much better you feel. You’ll have less stress — and more energy.

                      Advertising

                      7. Be Mindful of Your Surroundings

                      How often do you stop, think and appreciate the “here and now”? I’m guessing not very often. But, I understand why. Modern life is demanding and fast-paced. There’s precious little time to appreciate the small things. 

                      But, if you want to live a healthy and happy life, you must break out of this trap. You can do this by allocating 15 to 30 minutes each day for mindful meditation. This could be in a park, in your garden, or even in your lounge. The trick is to focus 100% on your surroundings. 

                      For example, if you’re outside, watch how the leaves on the trees blow around in the wind. By keeping your focus on this movement, you’ll clear your mind from your usual stresses and strains. This will give you brain a much-needed break. And, as well as improving your mental health; you’ll find your creativity gets a boost, too.

                      8. Ask for Help When You Need It 

                      No one can know or do everything. Which is why you shouldn’t be embarrassed to delegate tasks to others when needed, ask questions when you don’t have the answers, and work with partners and colleagues to clarify intentions. 

                      When I first set up Lifehack, I tried to do everything myself: blog writing, website creation, marketing, financial planning, etc. However, I quickly learned that it was much better to hire some help. Not only did this inject some fresh ideas and inspiration into Lifehack — it also made the whole operation way more enjoyable!

                      9. Practice Self Care 

                      Are you looking after yourself as well as you should? If not, then take steps to improve your diet, exercise more, and to speak to yourself with encouraging words and thoughts. 

                      The latter suggestion is often overlooked. But how you speak to yourself determines how you feel, what you believe, and what you achieve.

                      Advertising

                      10. Embrace Learning 

                      You cannot transform your life without learning something new. That’s because the process of change forces you to adapt. But, many people stop learning as they get older, as they find the learning process boring and bothersome. However, it doesn’t have to be this way. It can be fun and rewarding. 

                      Whether you decide to learn to play guitar or study the basics of accounting — embrace learning, and begin changing your world for the better.

                      I’m sure you’ll agree that these 10 strategies are simple enough for you to start putting them into action in your life. (I suggest you begin today!) 

                      Nevertheless, you’ll probably need to use some extra willpower for the first 30 days or so, as this is the typical length of time it takes to create a new habit. After that, these strategies will be part of your day-to-day life, and you won’t need to think about having to do them. In other words, they’ll have become habitual actions.

                      If you need any further encouragement to get started with the 10 strategies, then consider this:

                      Even just adopting one of the strategies can turn the tide in your favor. But, when you implement all 10, you’ll create an unstoppable trend towards success, health and happiness.

                      So start making your life better — today!

                      Featured photo credit: Javier Garcia via unsplash.com

                      Reference

                      [1] Deborah R. Tindell and Robert W. Bohlander, Wilkes University: The Use and Abuse of Cell Phones and Text Messaging in the Classroom: A Survey of College Students

                      Read Next