1. I resolve to make sleep a priority. Sure, sometimes right before bed is the only time I can study, but when I jeopardize my sleep I make everything more difficult for myself, life gets increasingly stressful and I end up studying even less.
2. I resolve to read the instructions (once). I’m pretty sure I know how to do these problems, but I’m going to sit down one time now and read the instructions for every section so that I sure I really understand what the test is asking me to do. I won’t risk letting my assumptions get me in trouble.
3. I resolve to become comfortable with questions will multiple answers. Although the GRE is throwing something a little different at me, I will take the time to refine my strategies for dealing with these questions.
4. I resolve to focus on the goal. As important as GRE scores are to me, I will view them as a means to an end. Admission to my preferred program will be my focus, not some artificially high GRE score that I feel like I need.
5. I resolve to study better, not more. Rather than spending three hours with my books open while Real Housewives is on in the background, I will do my studying in manageable chunks of time without anything else to distract me.
6. I resolve to read more. I understand that reading comprehension is a skill that is best developed by reading. I will check out my local library, find some good books and enhance the mental pathways that lead to better scores.
7. I resolve to set a test date and stick with it. I know that as my test date approaches I will get nervous and worry that I’m not ready. I also know that if I view my test date as flexible I won’t devote myself to being prepared as well as I should.
8. I resolve to create a list of unfamiliar words that I come across. I know the GRE tests a lot of unfamiliar vocabulary, but it tends to test the same set of words. By being intentional about cataloging the words that I come across, I will create a valuable study tool.
9. I resolve to stay positive. Even when practice scores aren’t as high as I want them to be. Even when I’m tired and frustrated.
10. I resolve to keep balance in my life. The GRE is an important part of my life, but it is not my whole life. In this coming year I will keep a good balance between study, work, school, friends, family and fun.