New Year Goals Essays

Essay Writing Resolutions for the New Year

By Peter from UKEssays.com

For many people New Year is a chance to finally get rid of some old habits and try and make some positive changes to their day-to-day lives. Some choose to go on a diet, others sign up to a gym, but there is one area which students in particular can try and make some improvements, and that’s in their work ethic! Below are some easily put in place changes that will not only improve a working regime but make sure that your essay marks are the best they’ve ever been.

1)  Mix-up where you write

It’s easy to get stuck in a rut when writing an essay. Everyday you sit down at the same desk at home and find it hard to get going again. An easy way to mix things up is to change where you work. It may be less effort to work at home, but why not take a trip to the library or to a different environment altogether? This is an easy way to break bad habits, even though it represents a little extra effort.

2)  Turn off social media

One of the biggest causes of procrastination is social media. How many times have you told yourself, ‘I just look for 5 minutes’ and then before you know it, it’s already an hour later? There are many free programs you can use online that will disable your social media platforms on your computer between given times. If you are serious about improving your working regime, this is one of the best resolutions to go for.

3)  What about a ‘study buddy’?

If you have a friend who is also trying to improve their working regime, then why not meet up and work together. Both go to the library and encourage each other to stay all day. There are dangers that you may just talk to each other and not get any work done, but on the other hand, talking about the work you are doing should improve this in the long run. So while working as a pair can help improve productivity, you need to be honest about whether this is right for you.

4) Make a detailed work plan 

Key to writing a great essay is having a detailed essay plan, but have you thought about creating a work plan too? You can easily write a time plan for when you intend to finish your reading, when to start planning and when to begin writing. This should include specific goals for each day and how many words you intend to write and when. If you make a work plan, you’ll find it easier to complete a small amount of work each day and get your essay done on time.

The four essay writing resolutions above are just a small selection of many other possible essay writing resolutions which you can put in place to improve your productivity. These are all linked to trying to better your working regime. And even though this can be tough, do take comfort that if you do take on any of these resolutions during the New Year, most people around you will also be trying to be strict with themselves too!

This blog post on essay writing resolutions was written on behalf of UKEssays.com, a UK essay writing company who specialise in model answers, essay marking and proofreading in all subject areas. 

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The New Year is a great time to reflect on the changes we want to or need to make. If you’re a student looking at ways to improve yourself and make the transition to college easier, International College Counselors offers a few more resolutions you might want to add to your list.

1. Stop procrastinating. How often have you underestimated how much time it will take to get something done? Then, how sad are you when you don’t have the time to do your best. At some point, the procrastinator has to write four college essays in one night – on top of completing schoolwork. Usually, this doesn’t turn out so well. If you finish a project earlier than you thought you would, then consider yourself ahead.

2. Commit yourself to getting good grades. Good grades are entirely necessary to get into a good school unless you’re a top notch athlete. The best case scenario is that you have good grades from the beginning. However, if you start off badly and improve your grades, colleges will give you points for this. Many admissions officers won’t look at your application if your grades are too low or show a steady decline. Spending a night studying while your friends play Wii may not excite you, but you need to look at this long-term. Think of it this way, grades are a bridge. They will serve you to get into a college where you will have more freedom. In college, grades may not be as important as in high school.

3. Don’t do it all. It’s better to concentrate on a few things and excel in them than if you join every sport, activity and club that you can cram into your schedule. Anyone can join 10 clubs and be marginally involved in them all. Schools are looking for commitment that shows you’re willing to stick with something and make the most of it.

4. Keep a calendar. Deadlines creep up quickly. And the closer the date, the more you’ll feel the pressure. Most students don’t do their best under pressure. And colleges, scholarships, federal aid, and standardized testing services are not going to be sympathetic to any excuses you have about missing a deadline. If you miss a deadline, you miss an opportunity.

5. Take standardized tests early. You won’t know how high you can score until you take the test. Wait too long and you won’t have enough time to retake it. And many things can affect your test score on any given day, including the state of your health, and you can’t plan not to get the flu or food poisoning. Taking the test early will also allow time to take a test prep course if necessary.

6. Do your research. Know what the choices are when it comes to colleges. This way you can avoid any coulda, shoulda, woulda regrets later in life. Research could be as simple as visiting a school’s website.

7. Try something new. High school is a great time to spread your wings. It’s about new experiences and self-discovery. Want a certain internship, there’s no harm in calling up and asking if they have any room for an eager high school student to work there. Want to try a new sport or activity, go ahead and try it. You’re not expected to leave high school knowing exactly what you want to do, but this is a chance to start narrowing down your interests. You’ll never know what you like – or how good you are at something – until you try something.

8. Be excited about going to college. Wherever you go to college, you’re going to meet new people, learn new things, and have a great time. That’s reason enough to be excited whether you end up attending a first choice school or a safety.

9. Do what your college counselor tells you. Students: We at International College Counselors are here to get you what you want out of life.

10. Banish the self-doubt. Doubting your own abilities only holds you back from achieving what you want to achieve. Just say no to these thoughts and others like them:

“I can’t do this.”
“I’m not as smart as my classmates.”
“I’ll never get better than a 2.7 grade-point average.”
“I’ll only get into a community college anyway”
“There’s no point in thinking I’ll get into my first choice college.”

HAPPY 2011!

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