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Academic New Year's Resolutions

Making resolutions is a new year's tradition that helps people change an aspect they don't like about themselves, or that helps them accomplish a goal. If your goal this year is to become a better student, here are a few new year's resolutions that can help you achieve that.

Stay as Organized as Possible

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Organization is very important when you're a student, especially if you want to be able to manage your time effectively, keep track of your belongings, complete all of your responsibilities successfully, and achieve your academic goals. That's why it's a good idea to have the new year's resolution to be as organized as possible. To that end, you can use a planner to organize your time (create a schedule and give yourself time to fulfill your duties). You can organize your notebooks, so you can study efficiently. Also, create a system to stay on top of your supplies to avoid losing them.

Work on Your Attention Span

An issue many students struggle with is procrastination. As you may be aware, it strips their focus away from their academic responsibilities, which may lead to poor performances and inefficient learning experiences. If you are known to procrastinate from time to time, you can keep the resolution to improve your attention span. To work on this, you can first create a study space where you can concentrate fully on your school work. You can also set academic goals that will help you have direction. If you find it hard to stop procrastinating, create a rewards system that can motivate you to keep your focus.

Get Better Grades

It's not uncommon for students to make the new year's resolution to get better grades. If you're one of these who feels they could use a boost in this area, there are a few things you can do to make that happen. Be warned, though, as this will require some real effort and work on your part. First of all, you will need to go to your classes and pay attention during them. Then, you will have to do all of your homework, as it helps you practice the lessons learned and makes up a big part of your grade. You will also need to find effective study methods that will allow you to learn as successfully as possible.

Focus on Learning and Understanding

While getting good grades in school is very valuable, you don't go to school to get good grades; you go to school to learn. That's why you should keep the new year's resolution to learn more during this year. This is because often times, students will memorize information and study just to pass a test. This is the wrong approach, as focusing on actually learning and understanding your school subjects is far more useful. Doing so will make your more knowledgeable and will give you skills, tools, and information you can employ for the rest of your life.

Try New Things

Challenging yourself, stepping out of your comfort zone, and trying new things can also be very beneficial new year's resolutions to keep. Most schools have many different clubs (science, drama, music, language, sports, among others), and you should make it a point to join one this year. Doing so will keep your brain active, will help you develop new skills, and will allow you to encounter different perspectives. Moreover, it will force you to meet people you may not have known otherwise.

Keep a Positive Attitude

Last but not least, you should try to keep a more positive attitude during the new year (regarding your academic efforts, and for life in general). This is because your mind is much more powerful than you know, and when you think something negative, such as "this is too hard," you're setting yourself up for failure. Developing a "can do" attitude and having a positive mindset will allow you to challenge yourself, and go beyond your limits. Plus, it will give you the confidence to trust your knowledge and abilities, which can help you in every area of your life.

The Insider's Guide to Education provides insight from an education professional about topics of interest in education. From how to motivate your child to read to study tips and college planning, you will be given insight for students of all ages. The Insider's Guide is sponsored by Estelle Finkel Center for Learning.  The professionals at Estelle Finkel provide tutoring, SAT and ACT test preparation and general tutoring for elementary school, middle school and high school age students in subject areas including reading, writing, math, social studies, Spanish and more.  Visit our website for more information.

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