Resolutions for Students Study Tips
Hello, my Socratic of friends. We’re here to help you be a great student. Here’s a personal question do you make new year’s resolutions we do both in January, and at the start of the school year, which feels like another new year, doesn’t it? It’s a great feeling, getting a fresh start and thinking about how to improve. That’s really the whole point of the series, isn’t it. So let’s talk about how to make resolutions and how to keep resolutions. First, let’s think about what makes a good resolution. I’m not going to resolve to become president of NASA that’s just not reasonable. A good resolution is one that is actually achievable with a little focused effort on your part. This should also be something that is personally important to you. Make sure your heart is really in it. I’m not personally excited by marathons so I’m not going to make a resolution to take up running my resolutions always seem to be about learning something big surprise here. Don’t make a resolution that’s vague, like I’m going to get healthy or I’ll be a better student pick something very specific you Want to accomplish? break it down into small, concrete doable actions. As in if I want to get better grades, I will set aside 30 minutes every day after class to review my lecture notes. Or if I want to prove my Japanese reading skills, I will study 10 Japanese characters every day, I’ll be able to take very specific actions. To keep this resolution I’ll put 10 flash cards in my pocket every morning. That makes it easy to pull them out and study a little when I’m taking a coffee break done. Another way to pick a resolution is to think about what’s a good habit you want to adopt. I want to take a 20 minute walk every day. Exercise is good for the brain. It reduces stress and it’s a good way to spend breaks between Pompadour sessions. If I genuinely stick to taking a walk in the fresh air every day. I’m going to be much healthier by the end of the year and I’ll have develop the kind of habit that could last a lifetime. Or maybe there’s a bad habit you want to break if you smoke. You really, really I mean, really, you should stop it sticks. It’s expensive.
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It causes cancer. What bad habits do you have? I personally don’t have any. Not that I know. Never heard of them. Now don’t go overboard, trying to remake yourself into a completely different person. Pick one thing, okay, maybe two things. But that’s it. It’s much easier to keep track of one resolution than a whole bunch of them. Especially since people who break resolutions often say it’s because they’re just too busy. There’s just too much going on in my life to pay attention to well, don’t let that happen to you. Let’s keep it real simple. Every day. I’m putting 10 flash cards in my pocket. How hard can that be? It helps if you keep track of your progress. Have you heard of this trick from Seinfeld Don’t break the chain. If you mark off every day successfully kept your resolution on a calendar you see a growing chain of accomplishments. It please a nice little trick on your brain. You can see how much good work you’ve done and you don’t want to mess it up. It’s a little added incentive to keep going. Don’t break the chain.
Our friend Simone Gertz you’ve probably seen her work making interesting robots made a beautiful engineered version of the resolution calendar. You can find it on Kickstarter. It’s seriously like a work of art. Every time you do your resolution, you get to light up a day. And she made this beautiful thing to help her keep her resolution to meditate every day for a year to make that a new healthy habit. And it totally worked for her. Okay, that gives us an idea for another video. How do you meditate? That’s a really useful skill to help you be a great student. Okay, stay tuned, coming soon from Socratic.
Oh, but what if you do break the chain? Don’t beat yourself up, get back on the horse. Tomorrow is another day. Anyway, perfectionism is overrated. If you succeed for 350 days of the year. Isn’t that something to be proud of? Compared with last year? Yeah, remember to be kind to yourself, how would you treat a friend who slipped up you’d be understanding and encouraging be that person for yourself. Another thing that can help is to keep a daily
journal entry about your resolution, make a note of the days that were easy. What did you do that made it so easy? Think about the days that were really hard. Can you figure out what made it hard? Did you forget to pack a healthy lunch? And so you got fast food. instead? Did you forget to write down your assignment in your planner so you didn’t write your paper until the last minute. This kind of self reflection can lead the way to real change where it becomes easier and easier to make a resolution. The true habit is something you always do as a regular part of your life. Have you heard the standard wisdom that it takes 21 days to make a new habit? Okay, we’ll talk here that’s pretty made up number we read that this number came from Maxwell mots, a plastic surgeon who studied amputees in the 60s and he found it took about 21 days for them to adjust to their new routine, missing a limb. Therefore it takes 21 days to adjust to a new habit. That’s a pretty big leap right there max. More recently, psychologist Philippa lolly formally studied habit formation and found that it took on average 66 days to form and
habit, there was a huge variance. However, some tasks were easier and took as little as 18 days to become second nature, while others were more challenging and took as long as 245 days. So don’t worry if you don’t find yourself measuring up to some arbitrary standard. It doesn’t sound like there is one. What else can you do to make it more likely for you to succeed and keeping your resolution, let the people around you help you. It can be much easier to make these changes in your life. If everyone around you is on board. Tell your friends and family what your resolution is. That is if they are genuinely supportive. We know there are some people out there who may not want to see you change for the better. That’s the sad truth about human nature. Please don’t let this stop you. If you feel you need to keep your resolution to yourself. That’s okay too. What’s your New Year’s resolution? Is it something we can help you with? Let us know in the comments below. We’re all learning and growing. Here. At Socratic. We make new year’s resolutions because it’s a little stretch toward becoming that person you’re proud to be.
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