A new year and a new semester, time to make those resolutions (and stick with them).
I know it is really easy to make resolutions, but so hard to keep them. A general rule of thumb is to make goals that are SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Time based). In essence, you want to avoid setting yourself up for failure.
So, here are some common resolutions of college students and some tips on how to keep them:
1) I will not leave my studying to the night before an exam.
We all say this, yet on the night before an exam we are dusting off our textbooks and pulling all nighters. To avoid ODing on caffeine and panicking:
- Keep up on assigned readings, this way you won’t be stuck reading 9 chapters of sociology in one night.
- Create a study schedule, and hold yourself to it. Plus, little rewards like ‘I can’t watch the Jersey Shore until I finish my readings’ will help.
- Chose one day on the weekend that you dedicate to homework. Sundays are great ‘me’ days, so lock yourself in your room or head to the library and get your work done.
2) I will be more involved on campus.
Since hanging out at the FarSide and singing karaoke does not count, here is how you can get more involved at RDC:
- Check with the SA for volunteer opportunities, like writing for the Bricklayer, and clubs around campus.
- Become a peer tutor. If you have a GPA of 3.0 and a grade of at least a B in the course you would like to tutor, you may qualify to be a peer tutor. This is not only a paying job, but an opportunity to further your own understanding of a particular subject, help other students with their learning, and it looks really good on your resume. Contact the Counselling, Career & Learning Centre Team in room 1402 by phone 403.343.4064 or via email at email@example.com . Orientation and training is January 21, so contact them as soon as possible to set up an interview and submit your application.
- Participate in the Student Perspectives Conference. Share with your family, friends, and peers your outstanding work in a topic related to the Humanities and Social Sciences. Abstracts are being accepted until Monday, February 22. Contact Christina for more information.
3) I will go to all my classes.
This goal is a little unrealistic, since sometimes life throws curveballs that you can’t avoid, like the flu and car troubles. A better resolution is, I won’t intentionally miss classes. This goal allows for life to happen, and for you to recover from that cold. Maybe your resolution for next year can be I will be more engaged in class, but just attending is a good start! Plus, teachers do notice when you attend class and may be more likely to help you, since they don’t think you are a slacker.
4) I will be more organized.
Unfortunately college can be a hectic time, with all the assignments, group meetings, and exams. So, before you start missing meetings and handing in assignments late, take steps to organizing your Winter Term now.
- Use your student planner, keep your notes in a binder, input due dates in your phone, use dividers… There are so many tools out there to help you become more organized; you just need to actually use them.
- Sign up for Grade Fix, it is an easy way to get organized and plan out your semester.
- Every night go through your materials and put them in their place. There is nothing worse than looking through your notes before an exam and realizing you have misplaced lecture notes.