Opinion: New Year, New Study Plan


By Katarina Pljevaljcic, Social Media and Academics Editor

It’s the start of 2023 and the start of achieving those new years resolutions. The most common goals people set each year are the vague “working out more” and “eating less fast food” which are unrealistic and end up not even being completed. For those who have these on their list, it’s time to cross them out and add more beneficial goals that will help not only academically, but mentally. Getting a good start in school and making educational goals can help keep you motivated, busy, and overall stress-free.

Here are some ideas that you might want to consider for your revised 2023 goals.

Keeping yourself educated is one of the most essential things that can help you succeed this year. When you get good grades and work hard in school, the chances are higher of you getting accepted to a college you like and for those who are not on the college path, it can help with finding better jobs.

Stay motivated. Set goals that are reachable to challenge yourself. Once you reach these goals, acknowledge your accomplishments as it will increase your will to keep your grades up. As humans we have the natural instinct to be competitive, so view work as a competition or game. Never stop pushing until you met your goal. An example of a goal can be doing assignments on time, or getting a specific grade on a quiz. The hard work will pay off.

Go to sleep on time – Let’s face it, having a bedtime is for children, however, getting more than seven hours of sleep is key to staying present in class and performing well on assignments. Set a reasonable time in the evening when you will turn off your electronic device. Teenagers tend to stay up late at night due to the usage of phones or computers. Limiting digital use at night will help with getting enough sleep for school.

Get homework done on time – Don’t wait till the last minute! Try to get all work done after school while your brain is still in school mode. Once you lay down to relax, your brain assumes that it doesn’t need to stay active anymore. A good way to achieve this is by going to the library after school, going to a cafe, or finding a quiet space in your home to do work. The quieter the space, the fewer distractions.

Take breaks when studying – Cramming in hours of studying before a test is always a waste of time since the brain can’t absorb too much information in one sitting. Try to set a timer on your phone every thirty minutes when studying so that you can stretch, eat a snack, and simply relax for ten minutes at a time. This will help with retaining information better, increasing productivity, and your ability to focus.

Implementing these beneficial habits in your new year’s resolutions will result in a positive change in your daily academic life.