New Year’s Resolution Ideas for Students

The start of a new year is the perfect time to set goals for yourself and look ahead to what you want to achieve over the next 12 months. Remember that New Year’s resolutions are for the whole year — you don’t have to accomplish everything in the first two months, or feel bad if you don’t. Making meaningful changes can empower you to be more successful in school and beyond.

· Work more efficiently.

As school starts up again, make it a point to plan out your time so you’re not scrambling to finish assignments right before they’re due. Use your planner to schedule out tasks, write down deadlines, and break down larger projects into more manageable chunks. Try to limit distractions as well. When you’re studying or doing your homework, put your phone away and focus until you are done. Once you finish, then you can reward yourself with a short break. You’ll be amazed at how much faster things get done when you aren’t distracted by the television, music, social media, or thinking about what you’re doing later.

· Speak up in class.

It can be easy to allow yourself to blend into the background, especially if you’re learning remotely. Take charge of your learning and speak up. Ask questions if there is something you don’t understand, because some of your classmates are probably wondering the same thing too. Do your best to stay actively involved, which will also help you to pay more attention. Your teacher doesn’t always know what you need help with, so be proactive so you don’t fall behind.

· Stay organized.

This can be an especially important goal if you’re doing hybrid classes and spend time learning in person and remotely. Create a schedule for when you are in school and when you are at home. Double check each night that you have all of the materials you need for the next day. Charge up your laptop or tablet, sharpen your pencils, and clear away any clutter that has accumulated on your desk at home.

· Set academic goals.

Make it a personal goal to improve your grades in each class. You don’t have to get 100% every single time, but aim to do a little better on each test or assignment and bring up your overall grade. Or if you’re struggling with one class in particular, set a goal to study that subject each night or ask for extra help.

· Try something new.

With so much focus on academics, it’s important to strike a balance. Pick something you’re interested in and devote some of your free time to it. Maybe you want to learn to play the piano or ukulele, read one book of your choice a month, knit a blanket, or explore more about outer space, the Bermuda Triangle, or your favorite animal. Do something for yourself that you enjoy.

· Start preparing for the SATs or ACTs.

If you’re a high school freshman or sophomore, now is the time to get serious about preparing for the SATs or ACTs. In order to do your best, give yourself plenty of time to study and focus on areas that may not come as easily. Studying for these exams is not a “once and done” event; it is something to work on over several months. If you’re not sure which exam you should even be studying for, take advantage of Crafting Scholars’ SAT/ACT Diagnostic Test. It combines elements of both exams to determine which test may be the best fit for you.

This past year was challenging for everyone. Make your education a priority and bridge any gaps in your learning with help from Crafting Scholars. Tutoring services are tailored to your unique needs and goals. Contact us today to get started!