The fifth and final post in our popular New Year’s resolutions series is about learning something new. Tons of people make the resolution at the start of the year to learn something new. Your goal may be to learn to play an instrument, learn a new skill, finish high school or college, or just broaden your general knowledge. Whether you’ve fallen off the wagon with your resolution or need a little push to start, here are some great tips to start your educational journey.
Make a schedule. First, you’ll need to figure out when you can set aside time to take a class, read, practice or study. It helps to write down a timetable from when you normally wake up to when you go to bed. Break the schedule down into 30-minute increments. Write down every routine thing that you do from getting ready for work and meals to walking the dog and doing laundry. Once this is complete you’ll have a good idea of when and how much free time you have.
Decide if you want to learn online or in person. Everyone has their preferred method of learning. If you decide you want to learn online, there are some great accredited online universities that have many degree programs and fields of study. A simple Google search will bring up a variety of options.
The Internet is a great resource. You don’t need to spend tons of money to broaden your general knowledge. The Internet is full of great blog sites (like this one) that offer tips and information on most any subject. U-Haul has a great site that offers a wealth of information on a variety of subjects categorized by state. I’m sure you’ve seen the colorful, eye-catching images on the sides of U-Haul trucks. Those “SuperGraphics” are more than just pretty pictures. Each image has a story behind it and website devoted to a detailed and factual description of the history behind the art.
No matter what your educational resolution is, just make sure you set aside the time needed to learn, study or practice. Determine if you learn best online or in person. And, scour the Internet for free information on what interests you.
To learn more about other popular New Year’s resolutions, check out this article.
Good luck with your 2012 educational goals—whatever they may be!