With the arrival of 2011, many people find themselves making resolutions for the new year. These goals tend to involve around personal health, relationships, and financial success. However, the new year is the perfect time for students and others with a love of learning to come up with some educational resolutions. It’s never too late to learn new things, change learning habits, or to find new ways of learning that will help you succeed. Here are several ideas for educational goals that can help you better yourself in the new year:
1. Start Tutoring Online
Tutoring online works as a supplement to work or school because it can occur basically anywhere and at any time. If you can only be tutored late into the evenings, you can be tutored by someone on the other side of the world who can only tutor in the mornings. Additionally, entering into the online network of tutors means that you will be introduced to perspectives and learning techniques you might never have encountered in your local community. Tutoring online is a way of opening your eyes to new things, and it works around your schedule.
2. Learn a new language or refresh an old one
In an increasingly globalized world, knowing multiple languages is a quality that sets you apart and makes you more qualified for many – if not most – jobs on the market. However, most people believe that after reaching a certain age, they are no longer capable of being introduced to or retaining a new language. This is not true! It’s never too late to either start a new language or brush up on what you’ve learned before. Watch movies in that language, listen to podcasts or music, use study guides, or try taking online classes or online tutoring sessions to improve your skills.
3. Cut back on social media usage
Many students find that an addiction or overuse of social media websites is causing their grades to suffer. Therefore, it is important to identify what is causing the addiction and to find ways to limit the problem. One idea is to restrict the amount of “friends” you have on certain sites, because the less available interaction, the less addicting the site will be. Go through your lists of friends and remove the people with whom you don’t normally keep in touch – it will be beneficial to both of you and you can always search for them if needed in the future.
4. Reconsider the subjects you thought you didn’t like
A common mistake many students make is to quickly reject an academic subject – or even the entire related field of that subject – because they believe they aren’t good at it. This can be problematic because when our brains aren’t fully formed, it’s hard for us to know what truly are our strengths and weaknesses. Keep an open mind to subjects you may not initially love – these could be the ones you might need later on in life, so it’s best to be as well rounded as possible. This resolution is especially useful for college students considering a major; don’t block out certain majors because you think you aren’t naturally good at them. They could be the very majors that end up getting you a good job in the long run.