Ways to Boost College Students’ Creativity
BY JANE HURST
There is so much that being creative can do for you, including making you happier and even healthier because you are happier. But, it can often be difficult to get creative. You need to find ways to boost your creativity. Here are some things that students can do.
Create Comics – Who doesn’t love cartoons and comic books? Creating comic strips or cartoons is a great way to unleash your creativity, and there are all kinds of tools you can use to get started. Check out Cartoons for the Classroom, a website that has loads of comic strips for students and teachers.
Write – Take a few minutes each day to write things down. Whether you keep a journal or just take notes here and there throughout the day, it is going to help you to get ideas. Later, look over the notes and see if there are any cool ideas you can work with.
Don’t be too Hard on Yourself – You are not going to always be perfect. No one is. You don’t have to expect perfection from everything you do. If you do expect constant perfection, you are going to be in for a huge letdown. Let yourself make mistakes. You may be surprised. Some of the greatest creative ideas come out of mistakes.
Get a Second Opinion – Sometimes, you need to go elsewhere for ideas. Don’t be afraid to ask others to help you with whatever you are working on. The more ideas you can get from any source, the more creative you are going to be in the long run.
Start Drawing – For example, you may want to start drawing to become more creative, and then you can turn those drawings into embroidery digitizing designs and converting them at Absolute Digitizing. You may even be able to sell the designs to make extra cash.
Enjoy Daydreaming – Let your mind wander. It is good for you. Obviously, don’t spend all of your time daydreaming. But, a few minutes here and there can really do wonders when it comes to refreshing your mind and improving your creativity.
Lie Down – Did you know that it has been proven that you can solve problems better while lying down than while in a sitting position? Maybe this is why we seem to come up with so many great ideas when we’re lying in bed at night and trying to get to sleep. The next time you are having a problem with creativity, lie down and try brainstorming in that position.
Meditate – Sometimes, you just need to take a time out and stop thinking about everything in order to really get your creative juices flowing. Try meditating. This is a great way to relax, and it will change your state of mind so you can be more creative.
Listen to Music – Music really does soothe the savage beast, and it can bring out your creativity. The type of music you listen to will affect what you are doing. For instance, if you are studying and want to boost your creativity and brain power, listen to classical music. If you want to create something really off the wall, listen to progressive or heavy metal music.
Tell a Story – Storytelling is a great form of communication, and telling stories helps to improve your creativity and imagination because you get to explore what your own experiences actually mean to you, and to others. You can create digital stories using free tools, such as Story Bird and Slidestory.
List Your Problems – Each time you run into a problem, write it down. Then, you can look at what you have written later and come up with creative solutions that you can use the next time you face similar problems.
Jane Hurst has been working in education for over 5 years as a teacher. She loves sharing her knowledge with students, is fascinated about edtech and loves reading, a lot.