Most people love to create New Year resolutions, thinking this year should be different. They make unrealistic plans and then feel completely devastated by the end of the year. Your plans won’t work, unless you divide every big goal into simple steps to follow and track. Today, I’d like to help you plan a better studying year. 

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8 Simple Steps to Succeed:

  1. Set realistic goals. No matter how hard you try, it’s almost impossible to go from 2.7 GPA to 4.0 in just a year. Be realistic about your goals and give yourself a chance to achieve them. Write them down and try to think of steps to fulfill every goal on your list.
  2. Make a plan. Once you’re done with dreaming and thinking, make sure you convert everything into the plan. For example, every Thursday night you schedule an hour training for your minor. Do not forget to add all your essays, assignments and projects due dates to your calendar so that you can see the whole picture and understand when you are going to have hard times.
  3. Celebrate small victories. This is a simple trick, which I learned while training my dog: small rewards give a better result than a big appreciation afterward. If you have completed your plan for a month, give yourself a pampering gift. It will help you deal with motivation issues and survive another month.
  1. Consult teachers. For some weird reason, many students feel bad about consulting teachers. Let me tell you, this is a big problem, as you are losing a great source of the insight into the subject. Teachers usually okay with you coming during office hours to consult of any questions you have. Please, remember this is not the time when you can ask to tell you the shortened version of the class, which you’ve missed. This time is supposed to be for asking specific questions, assignment clarifications or solving any project-related concerns.
  2. Test yourself. It’s the atmosphere of test/exam that shivers down our spines. Many websites now offer free or relatively cheap services to test your knowledge on the specific subject. You can also try reaching out to older students in case they have a previous year samples. This may help you find out the format of an exam itself and time you may need to spend on each section.
  3. Find a study buddy. It’s easier to survive a disaster when you’re not alone. The same applies to studying and exam preparation. There are tons of ideas on the Internet on how you can prepare for a specific exam in a group or in a pair.
  4. Find a balance. If you really think you can survive a semester on 4-hour sleep, you may have to reconsider your initial plan. You have to understand that good sleep and personal time are as important as your studying.
  5. Mark your milestones. Once you’ve achieved anything, make sure you mark your progress. It is extremely important, as the feeling that you have achieved something and you can achieve even more will be a great motivation booster. And it will help you raise your self-esteem as well.

It may seem like a tricky thing, however, once you have established your routine, make sure you don’t bite more than you can chew, celebrate small achievements and have a great studying year!