How to Earn Your HSE With Your New Year Resolutions
If you’ve been thinking about earning your high school equivalency (HSE) – because you want to go back to school or you want to be more competitive in the job market – the 2015 New Year can be your perfect opportunity to set that goal. It’s a time for new beginnings, and earning your high school equivalency is your fresh start.
Resolutions can be tricky. Psychologist Jeremy Dean
, writing for The Wall Street Journal
, notes that 60 percent of people typically give up their resolutions after six months. He explains that this is because the typical targets for resolutions “are very difficult habits to alter because these patterns of behavior have been built up over many years.”
If you know that achieving your resolution will be difficult, you can better prepare yourself. Dean suggests you start by identifying your habits. Any habit that could conflict with your resolution to study could make it difficult for you to establish a new routine. You can
replace your existing habits with better ones.
If you enjoy spending time surfing the Internet, devote some of that time to using the TASC Test Assessing Secondary Completion™ blog
for exploring parts of the test and studying. If you like to read magazines before bed, try to read some of the test prep materials instead.
Making these little changes can really help in the long run. You can also make studying for your high school equivalency a part of your resolutions list with a few simple steps:
- Find a TASC test center near you. The administrators can give you insight into the test, and could help you set short-term and long-term goals. Some test centers also offer classes. One way to achieve your resolution is to sign up for classes. Even if the classes are a few weeks or even a couple months away, having these deadlines ahead of you can keep you on track.
- Buy a day planner. Your day-to-day schedule is probably busy, and when you have a lot going on at work and home, you might delay studying. Resolutions can quickly fall to the bottom of your to-do list. According to the experts at Campus Explorer, you should invest in a good day planner that will “allow you enough room to write down weekly and monthly activities, in addition to babysitter information, addresses and a master seasonal calendar that helps you map out activities by the hour.” Having a print planner can help you see everything at a glance. It can help you budget your time and make you more productive.
- Make time for your family and yourself. Having new resolutions for the New Year doesn’t mean you can’t keep some of your usual activities. If you usually have date night on Fridays with your significant other or family dinners on Sunday, you shouldn’t replace these traditions with studying. Block out free time for yourself on your schedule to give yourself breaks. It might feel like wasted time at first, but taking time for yourself can make you more productive – and, if you schedule your free time for the end of the week, it can feel like a great reward after a long week of keeping to your schedule.
- Look for other students in your area. If you feel comfortable reaching out to other high school equivalency students, you can create a study group. Even if you meet with only one other student for coffee once per month, these meetings can be a great opportunity to share ideas and review subject areas. It can also be a nice way to be held accountable.
Looking for some additional advice or have questions about planning for your high school equivalency? Leave a comment below, and someone from the TASC test team will get back to you.
Happy New Year!