It’s time for another popular resolution with the college crowd. Is your resolution to study more next semester? Have you thought about this one before? I sure have! As we learned earlier in the series, this resolution is very broad and leaves a lot up in the air. We need to get more specific to make a great resolution!
To remind you, there are 3 questions to ask yourself when making this resolution:
- What specifically do you want to achieve?
- What will you do to achieve it?
- How will you know you achieved it?
For the first question, it is all about making a goal measurable and specific. Saying you will study more does not give you any clue as to how much you will have to study or for how long. Use specific numbers to make your goals measurable. Also keep it attainable. Saying you will study 10 hours a day does not leave much room for anything else. It is about balance, so taking a few hours a day to study is more reasonable. It will always depend on your workload so make sure you take a look at your schedule. For example,
“On a week with no exams, I will study 2 hours per day total for all of my classes.”
The second question keeps the resolution even more specific by asking what you will do to achieve it. Knowing how you will take action is a very important part of a goal. How else would you achieve it?! We can add the ways we will make sure we will study more often to the goal above. This can be done by planning ahead and keeping up with the material in your classes. So to add-on:
“On a week with no exams, I will study 2 hours per day total for all of my classes by scheduling time to go to the library each day.”
We made it to the third and last question! This involves being able to know when you have achieved your goal. How will you know when you have studied enough? You will know because your grades improve or you keep track of how many hours per day you studied. So lets tie it all together!
“On a week with no exams, I will study 2 hours per day total for all of my classes by scheduling time to go to the library each day. I will know I achieved my goal when my grades start to improve. ”
Notice how our resolution is more specific. This is a good thing! We didn’t add more things to do but rather set ourselves up for success! Remember to use positive reinforcement when you are doing a great job at keeping up with your studies! Taking short breaks relaxes your mind and keeps you motivated! Use these breaks to motivate you to power through your studies!
Written by Jennifer Ryan, Peer Educator