It’s September. A new academic year. A chance to right the wrongs of the past and begin afresh, renewed in your determination to succeed. A tad dramatic?
Over the topness aside, September really does offer you a chance to start again with your studies, regardless of where you found yourself in the previous academic year. Were you terrible at completing your homework on time? Did you struggle to motivate yourself during exam season? Are you unhappy with your end of year grade in maths? All is not yet lost, so beat off those summer blues, embrace the cooler air (hello autumn) and absorb the tips below to help get you into the best place possible to conquer the year ahead.
Get your mind right
You know how everyone always says, it all begins in the mind? Well it’s time to think positive. Starting each day with a positive and optimistic attitude is the way to go. If you have been feeling worried about your academic performance up until now, work through your beliefs and get a plan together for how you can tackle them. Talking to a teacher, parent, guardian or friend in the first instance is a great place to start. You can do it, you just need to decide that you’re going to.
Get goal setting
Think about new year resolutions, those lists of promises you make to yourself to improve whichever area of life that needs improving at the beginning of each new year. Well, why not make some for your studies? Setting some short and long-term goals is a great way to help you track your progress throughout the year and keep account of how much work you’re putting into each subject. Start with small small goals to reach bigger targets and make sure they are realistic and achievable.
Organisation is key to success. By making it a priority to organise and schedule your time as best as possible, you are more likely to be on top of your work and not fall behind. Make use of those planners and schedule your days so you keep abreast of what is going on during your week and how you can optimise the weekends.
Review and improve your study skills
What has worked well for you? What hasn’t? If you find you don’t have the best study habits, now is the perfect time to improve them. Find out the best strategies from teachers and friends and trial them out to see which ones are most effective.
Find out what type of learner you are
Figuring out if you’re a kinaesthetic, visual or auditory learner goes a long way to make learning faster and easier for you. And it will also help in adapting and tailoring the best learning strategies for yourself. What Is My Learning Style? is a great place to start to test yourself so you can learn the best way you study.
Have a great year!