Happy New Year! Amid the 2016 celebrations, take the time to make one, or two, or five resolutions for the upcoming year. There are a few problems in particular that students tend to have and so we’ve created a list of New Year’s Resolutions specifically targeted at students. Give ‘em a try! And who knows? You might have your best year yet!

No stranger to procrastination?

There are so many distractions in the age of technology, sometimes it can be very difficult to turn off your phone and close that Facebook tab. Unfortunately, procrastinating can take a negative toll on both you and your studies. Leaving things to the last minute can make you feel guilty, and simply, more stressed than you have to be. So this New Year’s, make a goal for yourself to quit procrastinating and improve your time management skills. This can most easily be done by creating a schedule for yourself and sticking to it! Plan out your days and divide larger assignments into smaller subtasks, making them easier to manage mentally. If this isn’t enough, surround yourself with people that will motivate you to study, and in an environment conducive to studying. Meet a friend at the library or at school, and plan a group study session. If all else fails, download an app that will limit the amount of time you spend on time-wasting websites. Here are a few of the best:

RESOLUTION: Create a study-friendly environment for yourself, and download an app that will force you to start working.

Always late to class?

If you’re someone that’s perpetually late to class, perhaps it’s time to put a stop to it! And what better time to start than in a brand new year. The main way to stop this habit is to develop a routine that will get you to school at the same time every day. First, try and wake up at the same time each day (Sleep If U Can is a great app that forces you to take a picture of an item in your house in order to turn the alarm off - say goodbye to the snooze button!). If you know you’re someone that likes to lay in bed for a while after waking up, set your alarm 15-30 minutes earlier than when you need to start getting ready. Second, decide what you’re going to wear and lay it out the night before. This way you’ll avoid wasting time trying on clothes. Third, pack your lunch the night before so you don’t have to worry about making it in the morning. All of these steps will speed up your morning routine, allowing you to make it to school in time for the first bell. For more alarm ideas, check out Legendary Ways To Set Your Alarm.

RESOLUTION: Develop a morning routine that includes a consistent alarm, a pre-planned outfit, and a pre-packed lunch.

Stressed about schoolwork constantly?

Make a resolution related to de-stressing. It’s important to be on top of schoolwork, but it’s just as important to enjoy school and have fun learning. One way to de-stress is to set boundaries for yourself. If you’re the type of person that studies on a daily basis and doesn’t believe in over-studying, pick a certain time each day that you will be completely done with school work. Past this time, you don’t have to look at school work or think about it - put it completely out of your mind. Perhaps around 7 or 8pm as this ensures you will have a couple of hours to relax before going to sleep (going to sleep when you’re stressed is never a good idea). The activity you choose to unwind with is also important - exercising, watching a sitcom (something that will make you laugh), or reading a book are all great options.

RESOLUTION: Seize all studying at 8:00pm on weeknights and do an activity that allows you to unwind before bed.

Can barely stay awake in class?

Make a goal for the upcoming year to get your sleep schedule on track. We know it’s tempting to stay awake until the wee hours of the night, but it’s extremely important to get a full night’s sleep consisting of 7-9 hours. Not only will you be more alert, but you’ll be happier, and have an easier time concentrating allowing you to be more productive. If you’re currently in the routine of staying up until midnight or later, try going to bed half an hour earlier each night. Your body won’t immediately be used to an earlier bedtime so you have to ease yourself into it. But once you develop a routine that includes a full sleep, you’ll be much more concentrated in class! And if you need an extra boost, here are a list of foods that will help wake you up:

  • Almonds
  • Bananas
  • Eggs
  • Oranges
  • Oats
  • Avocados
  • Blueberries
  • Greek Yogurt
  • Ginger Tea

RESOLUTION: Get into the routine of sleeping 7-9 hours per night by getting into bed earlier each week (in small increments)

Behind in coursework?

Falling behind in coursework is typically caused by a lack of motivation which leads to procrastination. The best way to get on top of your school work is through proper time management. Make lists, organize your tasks, and create a clear schedule of events for each week. If you know you have a soccer game on Monday after school, try and do a bit of revision over lunch. However, if you think the issue is bigger than time management, perhaps you should consider hiring a tutor. A tutor will help you if you are struggling to understand the content of a specific subject, as well as will force you to study and review for a set amount of time each week. In this case, a resolution for you could be to think about whether or not a tutor is right for you, and secondly, to research the best tutoring options out there. Online tutoring has become a great alternative to in-home tutoring, and with companies like GradeSlam offering unlimited 24/7 access to affordable tutors, it couldn’t be more convenient!

RESOLUTION 1: Create a day planner with a breakdown of the tasks you must complete on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis.

RESOLUTION 2: Hire a tutor and meet with them at least once per week.