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Corona: Mushy Brain

So I sat there, dithering. I was excited to be selling an item online, but I knew fees would be a hefty 13%. How much would I even make? Was it worth it? My finger hovered over the calculator as I tried to work out 1-0.13 to times my item value by the remainder. No Jenny, don’t be a fool. Work it out mentally. How is it, less than a month after exams I can’t even work out 1-0.13 without relying on a stupid (smart) calculator. Such a mess.*

I think it’s clear that we have to keep our brains active over the summer (and this one in particular) so we can actually function next term and stop them from turning into mush. With this in mind, here are my brainy tips to keep ‘er ticking over. 

Read

Now that the rain has come and we’re properly stuck inside, it’s ever so easy to switch on Netflix and stay sat there for the next 3 days, with crumbs trickling out your mouth. Watching TV requires very little brain effort whereas reading is still enjoyable but engages you a little bit more. Your book doesn’t have to be a humongous complicated Russian novel, it can be something fun but it’s better to exercise your brain for just 10 pages a day rather than not at all.

Write

Not necessarily a story but writing anything – either online or not – lets your brain process information. Moreover, if you chose to write by hand, your handwriting won’t become that awful mess which fills notepads in September (you know the writing I mean).

Attempt a Test

Yes, this was mentioned in my last post (https://our.warwick.ac.uk/corona-50-things-to-do/) and although I personally do not intend to complete a quiz, test or past paper right this minute, you may want to! I think it would be helpful to see how much you have retained and to engage your brain a little bit in a different way to how you use it during these days off. It doesn’t mean you need to do all the questions, nor do you have to get 100%, but just thinking about your answers should keep your brain active. 

Download Brain Training

Remember when everyone had a DS and you’d play Brain Training to discover your 12-year-old brain is as active as that of an 80-year-old? That game was so much fun. I recall yelling different colours at the tiny microphone which would never pick it up. It’s probably a good idea to dust off your DS and whack that game in to sharpen your maths and language skills, amongst other things. No Nintendo? (Wait, let me make a pun: Ninten-no?) Not a problem! I’m certain the App Store has a wide array of games which are very similar.

Puzzles

Even if you don’t read them, I’m sure your parents or grandparents have newspapers delivered frequently. These are always packed full of various puzzles and exercises, particularly on Saturdays. My favourites include sudoku, futoshiki, Ken Ken and the polygon, but of course crosswords and the kakuro is also great. Whatever tickles your fancy, it’s an idea to take a peek and maybe complete a quick puzzle every now and then to stop your brain rusting over. Good luck!

*I actually have a better anecdote. I wanted to visit my boyfriend but there was the Leicester breakout. 50 cases in 10 days. ‘So that’s… 2.5 a day?’

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