It’s almost a new year, which can mean either the same old you or a brand-new, improved you. As a college student, the new year is a chance to kick into gear and improve your performance during your days in college. Whether you attend Lake Forest University or Miami State, you can start to write down all of your new year’s resolutions. Indeed, making resolutions and then keeping them is a great way to improve your study habits, improve your chances of landing on a specific career goal and much more. However, it is important to make resolutions that you know you can actually keep. Here are five New Year’s resolutions for college students.
1. Take Better Notes
One of the best New Year’s resolutions is to take better notes. If you are an okay note taker, you could become an even better one in the future. All you need to do is make your note taking more efficient. This may mean listening better, practicing shorthand or just using the right tools, like a better flowing pen. The last thing you want is to keep getting slowed down by a lower functioning pen or a messy notebook.
2. Complete All Required Reading
In college, you will most likely be assigned a lot of reading. If you are taking literature and English courses, you may have a lot of books to read. If you are taking science courses, you may have a number of academic and research papers to read. Whatever the case is, you may want to think about making your New Year’s resolution to read all the material that is assigned to you. The last thing you want is to perform poorly because you didn’t really read the material.
3. Declare a Major
If you haven’t chosen a major yet, it may definitely be time. Many students don’t choose a major because they aren’t sure what they want to do. However, you may want to think about making your resolution to decide what you want to do after graduation. Whether you go to Wake Forest University or Stanford University, once you have your major set up, it will be a lot easier to choose your classes and work with an advisor to find residencies and internships.
4. Show Up On Time to All Classes
If you have a lot of classes, it can be hard to make it to all of them. However, during the first few minutes of class is when you really need to be relaxed and in your seat for class. If you don’t, you could risk missing some vital information. In order to make it to all of your classes, you may want to keep a list of all your courses and the time. You may also want to set alarms for when you wake up, so that you can make it to your first class on time.
5. Don’t Procrastinate
On top of everything, you may want to make one of your resolutions to not procrastinate. Procrastination can really get in the way of your being able to study efficiently and it can hurt your grades. In the end, putting an end to your procrastination may be difficult, but it will be important.