The Tutoring Center, Sugar Hill GA


Most students will enthusiastically make a few New Year’s resolutions along with parents and then promptly forget about them soon after they go back to school in January. The pressure of classes, homework, studies, athletics,  extra-curricular activities, friends, social media and all the many other little things that take up a student’s time result in those good intentions getting left behind for the next year, when the cycle just repeats itself! Parents play an important role in ensuring that their students make and stick to their resolutions by setting an example and through periodic follow up’s. One of the better ways to stay the course is to write the resolutions down, put them up on the refrigerator or study area and periodically discuss how well they are being followed and what could be done differently. The focus and attention paid through these periodic reviews will send a clear signal about your interest in the resolutions as well as your child’s progress and continued well-being. 

Here are a few good resolutions for students to make and keep this New Year:

1. Improved grades: Every student can improve their grades. Maintaining a positive attitude, participating in study groups, getting assignments done on time, asking teachers for help when needed, tutoring in weak areas and a well-planned study schedule can become significant contributors to that A+ that the student has been looking forward to!

2. Improved health: While getting good grades is a big part of a student’s goals, ignoring their physical health is a big mistake and can lead to serious repercussions down the road.  Physical activity not only improves blood flow to the brain and helps a student stay focused during difficult times, it develops good habits that will last a lifetime. Taking advantage of fitness facilities at school are a cost-effective method to get and stay healthy. In addition, a brain-healthy and balanced diet is important for every student’s physical and mental condition.

3. Broadening views: Education is not just about book-learning but also about learning to be a better person. Having a circle of real and close (as opposed to electronic) friends who you look up to and care for will help emotional stability, teach new things, help have more fun and result in developing a more balanced perspective about today’s shrinking world.

4. Learning new skills: No learned skill is ever wasted. Every skill developed in a student’s younger years and honed over time will pay back several times over. Taking elective courses, joining school clubs and participating in extra-curricular activities will enhance your student’s love of learning as well as guide them towards a potential future career or hobby.

5. Volunteer: Helping others less fortunate not only contributes towards a sense of accomplishment and well-being, it also looks great on a resume! Donating time or talent has the added benefit of helping a student become a more valuable member of society as well as a better person.

6. Break the social media habit: Many students start homework with great intentions and then get drawn into TV shows, text messages, or social media web-sites like Facebook or Twitter. Before they know it, the time for homework has passed and they still have a lot of work remaining; consequently, sleep or study, or both, suffer. When studying, it is important to deliberately disconnect from social media and focus exclusively on the material under review.

7. Sleep the right amount: Some students tend to sleep too much while others sleep too little. Getting a good night’s rest is important for both body and mind. A well-rested brain and body perform much better than one that is tired from lack of sleep.

8. Make time for family, friends, and especially for you: A student’s lifestyle revolves around those closest to them, be they family or friends. Every student should make a conscious effort to spend some time with their family and friends on a frequent basis, but in doing so not forget that they themselves need time for both introspection and relaxation.

9. Finding a balance: Scheduling time for study, fitness, entertainment, family and friends is critical. A little fun and a lot of balance will help your student feel energized, less stressed and less likely to procrastinate, as a result of which they will do much better academically as well as physically.

10. Keep those resolutions: New Year’s resolutions are easy to make and just as easy to forget. Writing them down and discussing them as well as pro-actively seeking the help and moral support of family and friends will help ensure they are remembered and kept throughout the year.

If your student has made and kept most of their resolutions through the first half or three-quarters of the year, it is important to reward them for doing so.  Your student will have developed several great habits and skills that will be with them for the rest of their life!


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