Can students be productive during holidays? The holiday period is an opportunity for students to take a break after a long semester or session. This period, students have the opportunity to do a lot of things but it is important that students get productive during this period. This period helps you prepare for another semester or session.
If students use this holiday periods very well and judiciously, they will tend to gain a lot of knowledge depending on the productive activity they engage in.
Many students see the holiday period as a time to rest and ease off the stress of school. Well, it would be okay if you take the break to rest but you can equally be productive and make effective use of the break there are many things you would stand to gain during this period if you use the time well.
While on holiday, you can easily become lazy as you have a lot of free time to yourself. At this period, you could set a lot of plans and in the end you find out you didn’t start anything not to talk of finishing.
During this period, you are faced with the choice of either being productive or hanging out with friends doing irrelevant things. During this period, you ask yourself what you are going to do with the free time; visit friends, relatives, watch movies and many more activities but you have other productive activities you can engage in during this holiday that will benefit you socially, physically, mentally and academically.
So we have compiled a lot if productive activities you can do during your holiday period instead of whiling away this time. So let’s look at some of the productive activities…
26 PRODUCTIVE ACTIVITIES STUDENTS CAN DO DURING HOLIDAYS
- Learn hand skills
The holiday period gives you enough free time to go out and learn a skill and if you already have one, you can still want to use this period to learn a new skill. There are many skills you can learn as a student that will help you even in school and after school.
You can brainstorm on the one you have passion for or that is related to your career. This skill(s) you learn could fetch you some money while in school for your up-keep and you don’t have to wait for anyone to send or give you money. Some of the skills you could learn are:
- Graphics designing
- Fashion designing
- Catering and baking
- Fixing of phones and computers
- Ponder over the just concluded semester or session
You can use your holiday period to look back at the previous semester and try to pinpoint what you did and didn’t do well. You have to ask yourself some questions about how the semester or session went and if you did well or not.
- How did the semester go?
- Did you perform well or not?
- Where did you do well and where you are lagging?
- What will you do to improve next semester?
All these questions will help you prepare yourself for the next semester and on how to improve and do better.
- Set goals and prepare for the next semester
After reflecting on the previous semester and figuring out what you did well and didn’t do well; you now have to set your goals for the next semester. Prepare yourself for what lies ahead and also train yourself to be self-disciplined so as to achieve your set goal.
You wouldn’t want your next semester to be like the previous or just concluded semester. Therefore, you have to use this break to set your goals and set clear goals. Outline what you want to do and what you would love to achieve for the coming semester.
It could be studying for four (4) hours everyday after school or studying before going to school.
- Take out time to understand yourself better
This holiday period is also an opportunity for you to understand yourself more and see how best to improve. Use this period to set life goals and not just school goals for yourself.
Read books and articles about goal setting and how to set achievable goals. Ask yourself questions like:
- What do you really want?
- Why do you want what you want?
- How can you achieve what you want?
- How would you feel if you don’t live up to expectation and also how your life affects others?
- Read for the next semester
In your effort to prepare for the next semester, you can also start to read ahead for the next semester. This will help you to understand better and also stay ahead of the class when the new semester begins.
You can also take this period to study the subjects or courses where you didn’t do well in the previous semester and practice questions on them.
You have a lot of free time to do this so snap out of your laziness and start studying. I am not saying you should use your whole day to study but have a study schedule as you are on holiday because you have enough time to do it compared to during school time.
- Get a job
Getting a job doesn’t mean you should get a tedious and strenuous jobs. The job is just to get little earnings that will support you for the next semester. The money you earn from the job would go a long way in getting you some items in preparation for the semester ahead like text books, groceries etc.
Another important thing is that you mustn’t necessarily work for the money; you could take up a job in you in your field of study or career so as to gain more knowledge. The earning is important and so is the learning.
So do well to get a job to support your finance and also gather knowledge and working experience that you can add to your CV to improve its quality.
- Learn behavioral skills
We have encouraged you to learn hand skills and it is equally important that you learn behavioral skills like self-discipline, time management, self-confidence etc.
All these skills are very important for you to excel in our academics and also in life generally. During this holiday period, you could take out time to train yourself to be self-disciplined (control your ability and feelings) and also be conscious of time.
Take this period to figure out how best to develop these positive attitudes and work on using them to improve yourself. Read about these positive attitudes from books and articles.
- Take a course online
This is another way of adding to your knowledge. You can decide to register for an online course in your career or related field of study. You can also take an online course on learning some skills.
Due to the outbreak of the Covid-19 across the world, online courses are now becoming popular and many platforms have been established to aid this system of learning. So use your holiday period to take an online course.
- Watch educational videos that will improve you
You are on holiday and you would be tempted to watch movies or go to the cinema to see movies; why not try watching educational videos that will help improve you mentally and academically.
You can go on YouTube or Facebook to watch videos to learn about things in your career or videos that will groom you to become an entrepreneur.
- Work on managing your finance
Managing finance is a problem that some students face. You can try to work on managing your finance this holiday. Try to understand your cash flow (that is, how cash comes in and goes out of your pocket) and see how to manage it better.
Train yourself to make budgets and stick to them. This is a period where you can try to save every money that comes into your purse as you might be with your family and don’t need to cater for yourself. This will help you prepare for the semester or session ahead and also help you manage your finance properly.
- Attend entrepreneurship classes or seminars
It is not new that students and young adults are being encouraged to become entrepreneurs and it is very important for students to start nurturing their minds to become job creators instead of job seekers.
So you should use your holiday period to attend entrepreneurship classes or seminars so as to learn a thing or two about how to set up a business and a successful business too.
This will help prepare you for either being a student entrepreneur or being an entrepreneur after school.
- Visit educational centres
This is one activity you can do alone or even with your friends to make it exciting but in hanging out with your friends, you shouldn’t lose sight of the purpose of the visit to the educational centres like museums, newspaper companies, TV stations and many other places where you can get quality information and knowledge.
Instead of visiting the beach, eatery or park, you can decide to go to these educational centres to help broaden your horizons and open your mind to fresh knowledge.
- Find a new hobby
The boredom that comes along with the holiday can make you start thinking of what to do with the free time. Well, you can try to pick up a new hobby and let it be something that is interesting and productive. It could be:
- Reading (novels, journals)
- Playing tennis
- Always exercise
With the holiday period, you now have enough time to follow up with your exercise routine and so try to stick to the routine. This will help improve your physical and mental health.
It will also help to make your body fit. It could be by doing morning jogs or going to the gym. Make the best use of this holiday period and get fit before school resumes.
- Start up a mini business
Running a business while school is in session can be demanding and challenging but during the holiday breaks, you have time to run a business. So you can start up a mini business not necessarily a big one but something small and then groom it into something bigger.
Brainstorm on businesses you could establish with little or no capital and see how you can proceed about running the business.
We have businesses like:
- Running freelancing jobs
- Laundry services
- Fast food services
- Online businesses
- Logo making and graphics designing
These businesses will help you also raise funds in preparation for the next semester.
- Learn about other countries and places
You can take this holiday break to learn about other countries of the world. Learn about their culture, dressing, language etc. This helps to keep you informed and help you gather knowledge about these countries. This information can come in handy in a geography class.
- Read about the wonders of the world
There are many wonders of the world and you might not have the opportunity to visit them but reading about them gives you a knowledge about them in anticipation of your visit to these places.
Take out time to read about their uniqueness and why they are marvelous. Some of the wonders of the world are:
- The Petra, Jordan
- The great pyramid of Giza, Egypt
- Chichen Itza, Mexico
- The great wall of china
- Taj Mahal, Agra, India
- Colosseum, Italy
- Sigira, Sri Lanka
- Acropolis, Athens, Greece
- Community service
This holiday period can be a time when you give back to your community. You can decide to visit some places and do charity too. Community services are unpaid work that a person or group performs to give back to their community without any compensation.
You could donate old clothes or properties to the motherless homes; do a cleanup in the environment and many other activities that would benefit your community.
- Work on your listening skill
Use this break to work on and develop your listening skill. This is very important for your academic success. Try to develop your ability to accurately receive and interpret information for better understanding and communication.
Read books and article on how to develop your listening skills and work towards developing an active listening skill as it is a building block to your academic success and also general success in life.
- Improve your speaking skill
Another important skill you should work on is your speaking skill, that is, your vocabulary. The holiday break is an opportunity to improve your vocabulary and work on your grammar.
Improving your vocabulary and grammar will help boost your self-confidence and also your self-esteem as you will be able to speak at any gathering and also speak fluently.
- Work on your habits and addiction
Many students have developed habits over time whether good or bad and so you have to use this break to look into your habits and figure out the bad habits and work on stopping them.
With this free time, you have to go for therapy to help you stop any form off addiction and bad habit that has been hindering your success. Find someone you can confide in possibly an adult or a therapist.
- Improve your writing skill
As important as your listening, reading and speaking skills are, so is your writing skill. They all determine your academic success. You can use the holiday period to develop your writing skill so as to write excellently.
You could read books on how to be a good writer and also how to place your punctuation marks. Understanding the dos and don’ts of writing will help improve your writing ability and help you write better.
- Work on increasing your reading speed and ability to assimilate faster
With this break, you can practice on increasing your ability to read faster and comprehend too. You have a lot of free time to work on this and you should make proper use of this time to increase your reading speed.
It will help you study smart and learn fast too.
- Learn about the computer and how to use it effectively
The digital age has made it necessary for everyone to know a thing or two about digital devices especially computers. You might not have the opportunity to learn much about computers while in school but during the holidays, you should use this period to go for computer training. You also get to work on your typing ability and keyboarding techniques too.
- Go for counseling
You can book a counseling session so as to know about your career and other related issues. Reach out to adults like your tutors or educators so you can get to listen to their experiences and also the mistakes they have made so as to learn from them and also improve yourself.
You can also use this time to find a mentor that will guide you towards achieving your goals. This is even better than hanging out with friends and achieving nothing in the end.
- Learn about the Internet and online marketing
The online marketing is now becoming very popular in the world today and the sweet thing about it is that it is not limited to age. Even as a student, you can benefit greatly from the internet and make money through the internet.
We have also talked about how you can make steady income as a student in one of our articles. So you should use your holiday break to learn about online marketing and how to make good use of it.
It is convenient and easy to operate with little or no cost. We have
- Social media marketing
- Video marketing (YouTube)
- Affiliate marketing
- Drop shipping
This will even be a good and steady source of income for you as a student while in school after the holidays are over.
Being on holiday doesn’t mean that you cannot be productive as a student. You can make the holiday worthwhile if you want to. We have highlighted some productive activities that you can engage that will help you improve in some aspects of your life.
So we hope you make excellent use of your holiday break and come back the next semester better and exposed. We thank you for taking out time to read this article and we hope to see you on the next article. Make sure you make use of the information on this article to improve yourself.