If your New Year's resolution was to do better at university, keep up with the readings, and to get that 4.0 CGPA then kudos to you!! However, this can be very difficult to accomplish, and takes some work. So for this week, we thought we could give you a few practical tips that will hopefully motivate you to keep up with your resolution and get the best grades possible. Here are our top eight tips to get you going:

  1.    Buy an Agenda and USE it

It’s never too late to get organized; agenda’s help you keep track of your readings, assignments, projects and basically everything. At the beginning of each semester write down or input reminders electronically with everything scheduled on your syllabi.  This will help you plan out when you will finish your work and allows you to also plan time for outings, and socials. Our top physical agenda is sold by ban.dō and our favorite electronic assistant is x.ai. The key to this is simple: USE  IT. Make sure you check this weekly if not every couple of days to make sure you’re on track with everything.

  1.    Talk to you peers

Talking to your peers actually helps, they might have caught onto something in the class that you haven’t. Your peers may have some knowledge or a better comprehension of a certain topic in the class and discussing class material can actually help you gain a better understanding.

  1.    Never EVER skip class

You have to prioritize and realize that your number one priority at this point is to attend classes. By going to class you’ll have the tools you’ll need in order to succeed. You don’t have to take notes or pay attention to everything - although we do recommend you do - just be present and attend the lectures. At least your brain will be retaining some kind of information. This also helps in planning for assignments and tests. Often, you can get a heads start on projects in the class. This is alloted time where your professors often give tips for you to succeed.

  1.    Hangout with the right group of people

Friends are important, and it’s crucial to find friends that are going to propel you forward - push you to do your best, and to help you grow. This doesn’t mean cut people off from your life; but if you know a paper’s due and you need to focus, doing it with the friend who get’s distracted easily, may not be the best idea.

  1.    Develop good Habits

Self-discipline can be difficult, but you can make it easier by automating your actions, meaning developing a habit. On average it takes around two months to develop a habit, but it is possible to develop a new one under two weeks.  In the “Book of Habits” the author breaks down developing a habit is a simple cycle of cue, action and reward. Which brings us to our next point…

  1.    Wake up early

By developing the positive habit of waking up early you are giving yourself more time to get things done. According to Christoph Randler, you are more likely to be proactive, optimistic, conscientious and agreeable if you are an early riser. You can organize, prepare and ensure that you are ready to take on any challenges that may occur during the day.

  1.    Exercise and eat healthy

Everyone has heard about the freshman fifteen. In University you are given more freedom in the choices and decisions you make and your diet is one of those freedoms. You need to make wise choices when it comes to the food that you choose to ingest -  remember  it is what gives your body energy to function. A healthy body equals a healthy mind and life, so make it your goal to workout for at least fifteen minutes per-day. Studies show that regular physical activities lead to less stress and less overeating . This doesn’t even mean weight lifting, various sports and activities can raise your endorphins and get your energy up. Remember, a body in motion, stays in motion.

  1.    Expand your Learning

Every time you learn a new fact you change your brain, knowledge is power in every meaning of the word. Reading more will always be helpful and it will never be a waste of time. Expand your horizon and explore some new topics that you have not read or heard about yet. These topics will definitely come in handy when having a conversation with others. For those of you that may not love learning, use podcasts. There are a lot out there, and have a range of topics. We’re huge fans of “NPR Politics”, “Hidden Brain”, “BBC World Service”, “How I Built This” and “CaseFile”.

Hopefully these help you, and if you have any great suggestions, let us know. Feel free to comment below, or email us at info@utmbca.ca

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