2021 is only a few days away so it’s the perfect time to start thinking about your New Year resolution. Even as a student, there are simple resolutions you can make to try and help 2021 be more productive, organised and effective. So what kind of resolutions should you be thinking about? Well, here at Let Pads, we are Preston’s leading student accommodation experts. And we understand what daily life as a student can be like. That’s why we have produced this guide to the most common New Year resolutions for students.

Most common New Year Resolutions for students

So what are the most common resolutions for students? Well, these resolutions mainly focus on academic work, or personal life. And some of the most popular academic resolutions include:

  • meeting deadlines
  • more effective time management
  • being more organised
  • reading around subjects more frequently
  • asking more questions in tutorials and lectures

And personal life resolutions often include:

  • drinking less or going out less
  • getting home earlier
  • spending more time with family and friends
  • gaining more valuable work experience
  • going to the gym/getting fit

Advantages of setting New Year resolutions

But aren’t New Year resolutions pointless, and broken in January? Well, that depends on how much you want to change. If you set a resolution, that you are determined to see through, you could find that in 2021:

  • you achieve better grades- more time spent studying or less time drinking with friends can both be influential for your final grades
  • you feel more positive
  • you have better opportunities for the future
  • your time management has improved- a useful life skill for your first graduate job
  • you become healthier


Start with some self reflection, and examine the areas in your life that could be improved. And as long as you set a realistic and measurable target, you should begin to see a number of advantages.