Study Tips for Long Car Trips

Thanksgiving is a time for meeting with family, eating good food, and being thankful for what we have. It is also one of the busiest travel days of the year. The day before Thanksgiving and Thanksgiving Day are some of the busiest travel days as millions of loved ones return home for the holiday. As the roads tend to be crowded and a 1-hour trip can turn into a 2 or 3 hour event, we’ve come up with some tips to keep students occupied and productive in the car when going over the hills and through the woods to Grandma’s house.

Get Some Reading Done
Getting stuck in traffic is the perfect time to get some reading done. Whether you need to complete assigned reading for school, or have been trying to find time to start a new book for fun, why not take a book with you for a long road trip? Pack a book (or a few) before you leave as well as a book lamp and extra batteries. Or, if you are going the high tech route, many e-readers and tablets offer lighted screens for reading in the dark. Although not everyone is able to read while sitting in a moving vehicle, it is one way to pass the time on a long car trip.

Flash Cards and Vocabulary
Flash cards and vocabulary games are a great way to get others in the car involved to help pass the time. Make up flashcards with vocabulary words, definitions, facts, and figures before heading out. Whoever is in the passenger seat can go through the cards and quiz the riders in the back seats on them. Flip the tables and have the students quiz the passenger on the cards as well. Flash cards are a fun way to get the whole family involved with the learning process.

Writing and Reflection
Pack a notebook and start writing! Start writing that book report you’ve been putting off, or journal entries that are all due the day you return to class from Thanksgiving break. If typing is more your style, pack a laptop or a tablet and get to work. The lack of internet in the car helps keep you from getting distracted and more focused on the material at hand. Another thought is to free write. Journal your road trip and reflect on what you hear, see, and feel. If you are studying vocabulary, write out your journey and try to incorporate as many words as possible.

Fun Car Games
If your trip is upwards of three hours or more, you’re going to want to incorporate some fun games into the mix. There is of course the standard license plate game – where you try to locate as many out of state license plates as possible in one trip. Or make up your own game. Try the license plate game as bingo. Or try playing games such as “Celebrity” or “Seven Degrees of Separation.” Taking breaks to play just-for-fun games helps break up study and work time while keeping everyone in the car occupied for the long haul.


One Response to “ Study Tips for Long Car Trips ”

  1. Carissa says:

    I used to play ink pinks in the car all the time. You know…what’s inky pinky for a juandiced male? A yellow fellow.

    These are also great ways to practice vocab so give someone in your car a vocab list and see if they can come up with some ink pinks for your words. Or, make some for your words yourself to make sure you remember the words.

    I use ink pinks a lot in class. Like here: with Bradbury’s all Summer in a Day