One of the huge advantages that you have as a student is the fact that there are multiples starts and finishes. You both start and finish a year, semester, class, trimester, and quarter. After the winter break, you will start a calendar year and a new semester. A fresh new start gives us the opportunity to improve. Many of you are probably thinking about how better you are going to do once the new semester begins. During my years of teaching, I have heard many students make comments about doing better. Many times, they fail to live up to their own words. Does this happen to you? Do you constantly set academic goals that you just can’t seem to reach? You know your grades need to improve, but you are not willing to do what it takes to improve them? That is your decision to make. Thankfully, time moves forward and a new day begins. You have another opportunity to get it right!
The key to changing is to not wait. Right now, in my personal life, I am making the necessary adjustment that I need to make right now. There is no need to wait for a new year to begin to set new goals. By doing this, I give myself a better chance of maintaining the change throughout the new year. Many say that it takes 21 days before something becomes a habit. That means change doesn’t happen overnight and it doesn’t happen without continuous 100% effort. If you want to improve your grades next semester, start now by creating positive habits that will benefit you once the semester starts.
Here are things you can do to get you started:
- Organize your folders and purge (throw away) what you don’t need. If you find any missing assignments, see if you can still turn them in.
- Start using a planner during your break (FYI – YOU NEED A PLANNER). If you don’t have a 3.0 GPA, you have no reason to not use a planner or some system to record important information and dates.
- Clean out your locker. You may think this is a very small thing, but it’s the small leaks that sink big ships.
- Read my book. My book speaks directly to students like yourself. I wrote it for you. It will help you no matter what GPA you have. The purpose is that if you are going to change, you have to put some information in you to help you make the appropriate changes. (107 pages)
Marvin Byrd (c/o 98)