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As the calendar turns its page to a new year, students are presented with a golden opportunity to reflect on their past achievements and set ambitious yet achievable goals for the future. New Year’s resolutions serve as powerful catalysts for personal and academic growth, offering a roadmap for students to navigate through the challenges and triumphs that lie ahead. In this blog, we’ll explore some empowering New Year’s resolutions tailored specifically for students, aiming to inspire and guide them toward a successful and fulfilling year.

 

Basic areas to look at for goal setting in new year:

Get more sleep

Managing family commitments, some cases juggling work/life/study balance and studies themselves and the challenges and deadlines.

Exercise

Never underestimate the importance and value that exercise brings to your overall well being.  Even if you start slow and arrange a regular walk around your neighbourhood but get the body moving.  A healthy mind resides in a healthy body. Encourage students to adopt healthier habits, such as regular exercise, balanced nutrition, and sufficient sleep. Prioritizing physical and mental well-being not only enhances academic performance but also contributes to overall happiness and life satisfaction

Drink more water

Carries more nutrients and oxygen to your cells, aiding digestion, normalizing blood pressure and regulating body temperature to name a few

Learn something new

Whether it be cultural, educational or a hobby expand the mind and surroundings.  Even if you just take tome to watch some TED TALKS!

 

Get Organized

They say decluttering the physical area, de-clutters the mind and helps with routine and study plans.

Overcome procrastination

So easy to fall into the trap of I will do it later…and then life happens (and loadshedding) and then you fall behind and become demotivated. Effective study habits are the foundation of academic excellence. Students can resolve to identify and implement study techniques that work best for them, whether it’s creating a dedicated study space, practicing active recall, or breaking down complex topics into manageable chunks. Consistent and strategic studying fosters a deeper understanding of the material

Create a study routine

They say a man(woman) with a plan always wins and how true is that!  Rather than setting vague or overly ambitious academic goals, students should focus on establishing realistic and measurable objectives. Whether it’s improving grades in a challenging subject, participating more actively in class discussions, or completing assignments ahead of time, specific goals provide a clear direction for academic success.

 

Make new friends

Means moving out your comfort zone, maybe joining a new social club, learning from new. Friends give you a feeling of belonging, builds your self confidence, reduce anxiety and makes you happier.

 

New Year’s resolutions serve as guiding lights, illuminating the path toward personal and academic success. By cultivating realistic academic goals can pave the way for a year filled with growth, achievement, and fulfillment. As they embark on this journey, students should remember that resilience, perseverance, and a positive mindset are essential companions along the way.

Michelle Obama's words which can be used for your New Year's Resolutions

 

Taking Michelle Obama (First lady of the United States in her final speech in 2017) said;

I want our young people to know that they matter, that they belong. Don’t be afraid. Be focussed, Be determined, Be hopeful, Be empowered. Empower yourselves with a good education, then get out there and use that education to build a country worthy of your boundless promise. Lead by example with hope, never fear.”  

 

 

 

 

We wish you a wondrous and beautiful new year!  May this year reveal more possibilities to us all on how to get closer to ourselves, our goals and that we an shine our light in the world!

 

Source:
https://www.ted.com/talks/ava_conley_nurturing_motivated_learners

The hardwork and preparation has been done. The long hours of studying, the late nights, the juggling of work/family/studies. Let’s not forget all the personal sacrifices along the way. In this blog we will look at effective strategies to stay motivated and focused during your exams.

https://www.icb.org.za/unlocking-your-pre-exam-motivation/

 

Lets hear what Michelle Obama’s Life Advice that will leave you speechless video:

 

Key Elements needed

  • Preparation is of paramount importance
  • Focus and goal setting
  • Organized study habits
  • Celebrating small wins in exam preparation
  • Reducing procrastination
  • Self Care for students
  • Positive mindset for exams
  • Visualization of your future success

For stay motivated, watch this short video – Want to be the envy of all!

 

Visualizing future success can be a powerful tool for motivation and goal achievement.

Here’s a step-by-step guide to creating a visualization of your future success:

  1. Set Clear Goals:
    Before you can visualize success, you need to know what success means to you. Set specific, achievable goals that you want to work toward. These could be related to your career, personal life, health, or any other aspect of your life.
  2. Find a Quiet Space:
    Choose a quiet and comfortable place where you won’t be disturbed. You can sit or lie down, whichever is more comfortable for you.
  3. Relaxation:
    Start by taking a few deep breaths to relax your body and mind. You can also do some light stretches or practice mindfulness techniques to calm your thoughts.
  4. Visualize Your Goals:
    Close your eyes and imagine yourself in the future, having already achieved your goals. Try to make this visualization as vivid and detailed as possible. Imagine the sights, sounds, and feelings associated with your success. For example:
    – If your goal is career-related, see yourself in your dream job, working in a beautiful office.
    – If it’s health-related, visualize yourself fit, healthy, and full of energy.
    – If it’s personal, imagine the happiness and fulfillment you feel in your personal life.
  5. Positive Emotions:
    As you visualize your success, focus on the positive emotions you would feel in that moment. Feel the pride, happiness, satisfaction, and excitement that success brings.
  6. Observe the Details:
    Pay attention to the small details in your visualization. What are you wearing? Who is with you? What are you doing? The more specific you can make your visualization, the more real and motivating it becomes.
  7. Use Affirmations:
    While visualizing, repeat positive affirmations related to your success. For example, “I am successful,” “I am capable of achieving my goals,” or “I am confident in my abilities.”
  8. Visualize Challenges:
    It’s important to acknowledge that the path to success may have obstacles. Visualize yourself overcoming these challenges with determination and resilience.
  9. Set a Time Frame:
    Imagine a specific date in the future when you want to achieve this success. This gives your visualization a timeline and a sense of urgency.
  10. Gratitude:
    After your visualization, take a moment to express gratitude for the opportunity to work towards your goals and for the success you envision.
  11. Action Plan:
    Your visualization should inspire you to take action. Create a plan with actionable steps to work towards your goals and start implementing it immediately.
  12. Repeat Regularly:
    Visualization is most effective when done regularly. Set aside time each day or week to revisit your vision of

    • If your goal is career-related, see yourself in your dream job, working in a beautiful office.
    • If it’s health-related, visualize yourself fit, healthy, and full of energy.
    • If it’s personal, imagine the happiness and fulfillment you feel in your personal life.

Remember that visualization alone is not a substitute for hard work and dedication. It’s a tool to help you stay motivated and focused on your goals. Combine it with consistent effort, and you’ll be on your way to turning your vision of success into reality.

Remind yourself that this visualization is a roadmap.  It inspires you to take action toward achieving these goals. Commit to making consistent efforts to turn this vision into reality.

Understanding your goals in this way can help you stay motivated and focussed on want you want to achieve.  It’s a powerful technique for setting intentions and guiding your actions toward a more fulfilling and balanced life.

 

Inspiration:
https://icieducation.co.uk/blog/6-effective-strategies-to-stay-motivated-to-study/#:~:text=Reminding%20yourself%20of%20why%20you,a%20result%20of%20your%20studies.