A new school year is always exciting because it offers a shot at a fresh start and a chance to set and achieve new goals. Your goals may include making new friends, trying out for a team, or just getting better grades. However, regardless of what you wish to achieve, it is imperative that you start on the right foot in order to succeed.
Here are some ways to put your best forward this new school year.
For starters, try some self-reflection. Contemplate the previous school year and think about the decisions you made and what you experienced because of those decisions. What was the worst thing that happened in regards to school? Now consider what it was that caused that to happen. Was it your lack of discipline, responsibility, interest? Whatever may have plagued you in the year past must be abandoned in order to ensure that you experience growth and can achieve more this school year.
Do your best to address those things. Think about what you can do to solve the problem and then work toward making it a reality. If an issue with discipline and organization cost you in times past, try using a planner to keep yourself organized and on schedule. If you struggled to understand your material last year, perhaps you should arrange for tutoring early on so that your grades don’t slip. Whatever the situation, remember that you won’t receive different results with the same behavior, so try to make all the changes necessary to make for improved results.
The saying goes, “An artist is only as good as his tools.” It’s impossible for you to succeed in school without the right tools. Make sure you are aware of everything that you’ll need for all of your classes as soon as possible. Having the right materials will make the process of studying and completing assignments a lot easier and more bearable. It might help to have a list of all of the things that you’ll need to avoid forgetting anything, and be sure to keep your stock of supplies up all year long.
Finally, in order to win you have to keep your head in the game. Highlight your goals from the very beginning and stay focused on them. Do your best to eliminate anything that might be a hindrance to you achieving those goals for the school year. If that hindrance is social media, be sure to limit the amount of time spent scrolling through Twitter and instead use that extra time to study. It’s important to keep your priorities correctly aligned. Stay organized so that you can get all of your work done in a timely manner and keep up with your goals. Remind yourself of what those goals are on a daily basis and make sure that the decisions you’re making are helping you get closer to those goals.
Having a great school year is a decision that’s up to you to make. You have to decide that scholastic success is important to you and is something worth your time and dedication. Hold yourself accountable for your actions and keep a positive outlook. When class resumes you will have a clean slate to work with, and starting out on the right foot will make it a lot easier to continue that way.
By Robyn Forbes