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 New Year, Better Grades?

New Year, Better Grades?

Everyone has heard the saying “new year, new me”. It definitely gets old. But there is real meaning behind the cliche! A new year can bring whatever you want it to – a fresh start, new beginnings, new goals, etc. It’s all about your mindset. In this case, if you want to do better in school you just have to choose to.
Like everything else in life, hard work will pay off, including when it comes to academics. If you choose to put in the work, it will reward you, eventually.

Making study goals

If you have goals that you’re able to visualize, everything will seem more attainable. Making goals is proven to:

Clarifying your path

When you write out/ think about everything you want to accomplish – it starts to get a lot easier to make it happen. For example, if you want to improve your grades in a certain subject, you must complete all your assignments, study hard for tests, etc. To complete all your assignments, you must dedicate a few hours per night or week to make that happen. To study hard, you must dedicate time on your weekends to study, etc.

If you want to reach a certain score on the SAT, you’re going to have to dedicate the study hours – maybe even tutoring hours – that it takes to improve. It’s up to you to visualize that goal and make those decisions.

Reflect on your progress

Take the time to look back on what you accomplished. It might seem insignificant, but even after a week of work, an evaluation of what you’ve done might prove more beneficial to you than you think. Some examples may include:
Some teachers use homework for completion so students never see what they got wrong or right. If you want to go the extra mile to improve, you should sit down and grade the homework yourself.

Thinking about the future

This can be the most intimidating part of life, no matter what age you are. Thinking about the future will prove to be stressful to most people. What a lot of people seem to forget about is how much life you have left! We all know the saying “life is short” and that’s true! But, it’s long enough to make mistakes and make decisions that you might later change your mind about.
All your life decisions should be based on what will be best for you and make you better. A lot of students feel pressure to know what they want to study in the future. It is a true blessing if you’re young and you’ve already found your passion. But, that is not the case for a lot of people. Make decisions for yourself based on what makes sense. Find what you’re good at and go from there.

Thinking about the future can be a lot easier if you know what it will consist of, but that’s just it, no one knows! If your current plan is to get through high school – that’s a great goal to set. Find resources and people to help you do this and it will seem a lot more attainable.

For help in any subject, or on any test, call Miles Smart Tutoring (813)-328-3036. We provide unique, one-on-one tutoring lessons for all students. Call us or visit our website ( for a free consultation, today.