9 productive ways to use your school holidays

28 Nov 2022


From learning a new skill to online tutoring to get ahead, we look at some ways students can make the most of their school holidays.

As the school year winds down, students are looking forward to a well-earned break. To help fill the time productively, we’ve rounded up some of the best ways to use the school holidays.

1. Take part in academic programs:

STEM students have an endless passion for learning, so why not use that energy over the break? Programs like the University of Sydney’s Coding Bootcamp and School Holiday Program’s Robotics Day combine fun holiday activities with new skills to take with you to school and university.

2. Go on camp:

There’s nothing better than getting away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and heading out on camp. Fresh air, new friends and memories that last a lifetime are all on the cards when you attend a camp. Sport NSW has a range of fun and active camps that range from one to several days. Canoeing, archery, fishing and bushwalking are just a few activities you’ll get to try.

3. Reflect on the past year:

The HSC is pretty full-on, and you might not want to relive it just yet, but revision can hold you in good stead for the year ahead. Whether you’re working with your private tutor or going it alone, it’s a good idea to write some notes. Ask yourself some questions like: what did I do well? Where can I improve? What are my goals for the new year?

4. Get a jump on the year ahead:

Speaking of the new school year, January is never as far away as it seems. It’s a great idea to start preparing for your new classes to ensure that, when the school year rolls around, you’ll be ahead of the pack. High school tutors are experts in their fields and, unlike school teachers, are available over the break. The holiday break is the perfect time to get productive for the year ahead.

5. Get a job:

Some students can find working part time and studying for the HSC to be tough during the school year, and that’s understandable. Once school is out, though, a job can be a productive way to spend some school holiday time. You’ll get extra money in your pocket, of course, but it’s also worth remembering that job experience looks great on scholarship applications and can ultimately help when it comes to your career. There are plenty of summer-only jobs too, so once the holidays are over, you’re back into study mode.

6. Learn a new skill:

Productivity doesn’t have to have an academic or career-based outcome. Sometimes, the pursuit of knowledge and learning is okay for its own sake. Whether you’ve always wanted to pick up the guitar and learn some chords, start chipping away at a foreign language or learn how to garden, holidays are the time. One tip, though: be realistic about your goals. One summer might be enough to play a simple tune, but don’t put the pressure on yourself to become a virtuoso. Relax and enjoy the process.

7. Visit a museum:

In our recent blog 10 places to immerse yourself in STEM we uncovered some of the best STEM-focused museums to check out. When you’ve got a little time on your hands, feed your love of physics, chemistry and maths by diving into its history. There’s aviation, biology, astronomy and much more, so there’s really something for every STEM passion. Not only are museums entertaining, but you’ll get to learn valuable information and see the principles of your STEM classes in action.

8. Research university courses:

Even if you’re only heading into Year 11 next year, it’s still a great idea to start thinking about your university options. One great project for your holiday time is to list your ideal courses, their requirements, and what other options you might have. It can be a good idea to go and wander around some local universities and get a feel for the environment and, if you get the chance, you might even be able to attend a public lecture. Regardless of where you’re headed, having some extra focus as you move into the new school year is always handy.

9. Stay active:

We totally get it – the school year is tiring and tough. While a well-earned rest is in order, it’s important to include regular exercise in your holiday schedule. You don’t have to go to the gym or take up jogging (although those are both great options if they suit you), but there are plenty of great ways to keep fit. Consider joining a summer sports team (cricket, tennis and golf are great outdoor sports), going on regular hikes, or learning a water sport like surfing or swimming. Remember, exercise is great for mental health, so you’ll come back feeling better than ever.

The holiday break is the perfect time to get productive for the year ahead”
Nav Phokela

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