PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 27 August, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 27 August, 2003, 12:00am

Harry Potter is not the only person who likes school more than the summer holidays. It's not surprising that by now you are looking forward to the start of school.

Although the summer holidays are almost over, with a little creativity, you can make these last days fun and exciting. Why not give it a shot?

Here are some tips on how to make the most of your remaining holidays. Summer boredom is not hard to beat.

Cleaning up your room

Many would rather be bored to death than clean up their rooms, but moving things around can be fun.

Imagine the joy of finding some lost or forgotten items, such as a birthday card from your best friend, or your favourite badge that has been lying behind the bookshelf.

You could also make some pocket money by organising a garage sale.

Getting in touch with long-lost friends

Make a list of the names of friends that you haven't seen for more than a year. Call them up and arrange a gathering.

It will not only remind you of the good old days, but will also give you lots of surprises. Remember those romantic stories about old friends meeting up in movies and books? You just don't know what's in store for you.

Torturing yourself

Yes, that's right. Get your school handbook out and stick to the rules for two days.

Follow a school-day routine, waking up at six in the morning and replacing afternoon television with afternoon revision. You can even do some exercises. You will realise how nice it is to have two more weeks off.

Camping with friends

It's conventional, I know. But once there was a group of Finnish students who lived near the North Pole where August was still too chilly for the beach.

They got some sand, turned up the heat and put up a tent at one of the students' backyard.

Get my drift? Your creativity can make the most conventional unconventionally fun!

Preparing for a closing ceremony for this summer holiday

You survived the Sars outbreak in April and the exams in July. And you've enjoyed your summer holidays.

There's a beginning and an end to everything. Celebrate the end of the summer holidays with a party, a night out with friends, or a barbecue.

The two weeks before Harry goes back to Hogwarts are always eventful. Yours don't have to involve stealing a magic car and flying to school or getting tailed by you-know-who.

But you can make it special all the same. Just use your brain!