We all know the usual suspects of New Year’s resolutions – exercising, going to bed earlier, reading more, trying a new hobby. We also know how difficult it is to stick to them – 80 percent of people bail from their resolutions by the second week of February, vowing, “next year will be my year.”

Here at Quizlet, we want to help you be the best “you” you can be. So we’ve launched the New Year, New You initiative, designed to help you broaden your horizons beyond what you’re learning in school or at work and commit to learning one new life skill a month for the full year. Some will stretch your brain and some will stretch your body, while some will keep you abreast of current events and trends. Dare we say, we’re committed to “adulting” this year? Come join the challenge with us!

We’ve built a 2019 self-starter guide, based on unique trending topics from Quizlet users’ study sets, and even creating a few of our own to help you out. Consider it a productive break from your traditional studies.

Click on the titles below and let’s get going!

Quizlet New Year, New You 2019 Study Guide:

January: Fortnite 411

As one of the most popular games in the world, Fortnite’s explosive growth is far from dying down. For those of us — perhaps some older folks — who want to jump on the bandwagon, we’ve put the basics together, like how to build your own structures to how to win a Victory Royale. Use these study sets to teach (a.k.a. impress) your family in the new year.

February: Wine 101

This Valentine’s Day, for our 21+ users, wow your date with your impeccable knowledge of wine vocabulary, from grape types and their flavor descriptions, to the fundamental differences between reds and whites, and how they are named.

March: Honing your green thumb

Growing indoor herb gardens and other types of plants and succulents are all the rage. Learn the fundamentals of what plants are good for beginners, the best ones for minimal space, what’s safe to grow if you have a pet, how to care for indoor plants that don’t get a lot of sunlight, and more.

April: Guide to Game of Thrones

The countdown is on for the series finale! In addition to compiling study sets on the characters and some major plot refreshers, we collected the most salacious fan theories. [Spoiler alert] Will Jon Snow sacrifice himself to save humanity?


May: Entering the job market

Ahead of graduation season, we’ve primed our graduating class with the most in-demand soft and hard skills for the 2019 job market, the employment outlook for people with technical skills like data science and data analytics, the cities with the most job openings, and more.

June: How to become an Instagram influencer

Being a social media influencer can mean a lot of things, but there’s no denying it’s now a full-time profession. Influencers are revolutionizing the way we view and interact with products, with sponsored posts and collaborations almost replacing traditional ads. We’ve compiled a study set for how to organically reach 10,000 followers on Instagram, should you want to follow in the footsteps of your favorite influencers and set out on your own social media business venture this summer.

July: Podcasting power

Podcasting is a massively-growing medium, with over 550,000 shows out there. Yet, not all of them come from a famous celebrity or a well-known publication — thousands are created at home by amateur hosts who are invested in a certain topic. If you want podcasting to be your summer side hustle, check out insights on the podcasting industry, as well as tips for starting your own show.

August: Coding for newcomers

Not a computer science major, but worry that you should be? Get familiar with the basics of coding, starting with what writing code actually means, along with the different types of programming languages used to help create websites and apps.


September: Coffee making

School’s back in session — say farewell to the long lazy summer days of sleeping in. Some of us may need that little caffeine boost to get us going in the morning, so take a look at the differences between a macchiato and cappuccino; it’ll make the Starbucks line go faster, give you a fancy morning hobby, let you save money by making cold brew at home, and could even help you study for your barista test if you’re looking for an after-school job.

October: Entrepreneur intel

Quizlet’s founder and CTO, Andrew Sutherland, became an entrepreneur at 15 when he built Quizlet to help him ace a French test. Check out a glossary of key terms for business owners, like what customer acquisition cost is and how to calculate it. We also included a crash course on funding (What’s an angel investor? How do you raise a seed round?) so you have a head-start when you’re ready to pitch your first investor.

November: Nutrition trends

Eating healthier is one of the most common resolutions, so let’s get ahead of the 2020 new year to be aware of the differences among popular diets — Ketogenic, Paleo and Whole 30. Learn what you can and can’t eat while on them, and how they harness nutrition in different ways to affect your body. While this may help us be more mindful during the holidays, we’ve also included a study set on types of cookies because, hey, we’re human.

December: Mastering meditation

With finals season approaching, we could all use a mental break. Learn what the seven main meditation styles are, what “mindfulness” means, and what the goals of these practices are.


Now, Let’s Practice:

Naturally, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to learning. Whether it’s science or math, or the skills in this blog post, here are a few surefire tips and tricks to become an expert on anything you set your mind to:

  • Learn through games. The age-old story of “make learning fun” has validity to it. Whether it’s puzzles, matching, or even a sci-fi inspired quiz with asteroids hitting the earth (thank you Gravity game on Quizlet), these activities make learning less intimidating. Game-based learning also makes it possible to collaborate with others who are studying the same subjects, as well as incite a healthy dose of competition.

  • Practice (and organization) makes perfect. Last year, we were lucky enough to chat with Ananya Vinay, the winner of the 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee, about how she prepped to take home the coveted title. She reminded us how important staying organized is — she’d create a grid for 250 words she was studying at a time, dividing them up by phonetic pronunciation, part of speech, language of origin, definition and other hints. Naturally this makes sense if you’re studying spelling, but the same organizational rules can apply for anything you’re learning. Break each term or concept down in a way that will help you truly understand and, ultimately, remember it.

  • Figure out what works for you. Don’t get discouraged if your friend picks up a subject faster than you. Everyone learns at their own speed, so figure out what study modes work best for you — i.e. flashcards, writing it out, listening to it, testing yourself, etc. — and stick to it.

  • Study anywhere you have a spare moment. For better or worse, with technology and mobile devices, learning is no longer confined to a desk. Sometimes, a change of scenery is good to break up the monotony. Review your study topics when you’re waiting for the bus to arrive, having lunch in the park or if you’re bored. Casually studying on-the-go is an effective way to multitask and master what you’re learning faster.

There are so many interesting skills and hobbies to explore for 2019. Wishing you the best in becoming a more well-rounded learner!