Finals are finished, grading is done. You’re due for some much deserved me-time over winter break.

Whether learning a new skill or just reading a book that’s not on your own syllabus, try these helpful tips for stimulating your mind while enjoying winter vacation.

Read for fun

What a novel concept! You’ve certainly earned a break from exclusively reading materials from your own courses. It’s time to pick up a book that isn’t required reading.

Our partners at Questia offer a simple e-reader and even has a wide selection of free books.

Questia’s library has over 5,000 public domain, classic and rare books that you can read online absolutely free! Find and read free books online by some of literature’s greatest authors, including Frederick Douglass, Charles Dickens, Edgar Allan Poe, Rudyard Kipling, Mark Twain, William Shakespeare and more!

You can also visit Questia’s post, “Questia Reading Room: A taste of winter classics” for fifteen seasonally themed books that they’re sharing for free for a limited time. Take a look through and find that classic you’ve been meaning to read.

Learn something new

Have you tried taking a new online course lately? Maybe building a new skill to use inside or out of the classroom? Winter could be the time to pick up a short online class. offers thousands of online courses from trusted partners, including local schools. They provide high-quality online continuing education courses that are affordable and easy to use through a network of more than 2,100 top colleges and universities.

Want to boost your tech skills? Try their computer applications courses. There’s even a section for teaching and education courses. Check out their course catalog to see what you might be interested in.

How do you like to keep your mind active over winter break? Share your ideas below.

Happy Holidays!