Now that we’re well into 2018, it’s a great time to evaluate our New Year resolutions and check our progress. For students, the winter/spring semester has begun, and work is underway to achieve those big academic goals. To that end, we’ve compiled a few New Year resolution ideas for students, and we’ve offered suggestions for teachers to help their pupils succeed.
First, we recommend that teachers ask their returning students if they have any academic resolutions for the semester. This will get the conversation flowing, and then you can give students 10-15 minutes to brainstorm a list of potential resolutions. This introductory exercise is designed to inspire students to take control of their future, and not hold themselves back with limiting beliefs.
Once students share their resolution lists, the teacher can help put these goals into a larger context. For example, it’s not practical for a student to expect that they can achieve 15 big goals in a single school year. Instead, students should narrow their focus to two or three resolutions that will make the biggest difference in their lives. By being realistic about what they can achieve, they’ll have the best chance for success.
Now, it’s time to teach students how they can turn New Year resolutions into a reality. For each goal, ask students to write down at least three actionable steps that they can incorporate into a weekly routine. If the resolution is to “improve my math grades”, perhaps the student can trade tutoring duties with a peer who excels at math. They can also enroll in an online math course, and attend weekly office hours to ask questions about confusing concepts
At the same time, students should be encouraged to remove unhealthy and distracting behaviors from their daily routine. It can start with a small shift. For example, if a student spends three hours on social media every day, they can set a daily time limit for this activity (i.e. two hours), and make it a reward for completing schoolwork. Over time, they can gradually reduce the social media habit until it becomes more manageable.
Ultimately, academic resolutions for students aren’t just about better test scores and study habits. They’re also about eating healthier in the campus cafeteria, getting adequate sleep every night, and exercising on a regular basis. Without a healthy lifestyle, you won’t have the stamina to make a lasting impact on your grades.
Ready to achieve your New Year goals? At GraduationSource, we believe that academic resolutions for students can inspire major change, especially with a teacher’s help. Visit the GraduationSource blog for even more student resources.