STUDY SKILLS TIP #73 – ACHIEVING GOALS

by psalter on February 1, 2016

A big step towards achieving goals is developing and maintaining a goal setting mindset as the attitudes students learn and develop will influence the way they view goal setting.

Approaching a task with a negative and self-defeating attitude makes it much harder to actually be successful at that task.

Students need to have a positive attitude when they are setting and trying to achieve their goals. A positive attitude means they are looking for ways to succeed rather than focusing on the difficulties and obstacles that could be in their path.

To create a more positive attitude students can:

  • Each day note down something they did towards achieving their goals.
  • Note down any changes someone else has noticed eg. their teacher says well done on their work.
  • Don’t stop trying if something goes wrong, rather reassess goals or decide to work harder to achieve them.
  • Find a mentor or helper to encourage students to achieve their goals, possibly someone who is interested in the same things or is good at the same subjects, but is a bit further ahead.

Other reasons why we don’t achieve goals:

  • No action plan.
  • No true commitment to the goal.
  • No rewards along the way.
  • Trying to focus on too many goals.
  • Not preparing for success.
  • Fear of failure.

If students are still not achieving their goals they can try this:

  • Clarify the goal.
  • Write a list of actions.
  • Analyze, prioritize and prune.
  • Organise the list into a plan.
  • Monitor the execution of the plan and review the plan regularly

If your school subscribes to www.studyskillshandbook.com.au you can learn more about how students can achieve their personal best at school by working through the units on the site. Check if your school subscribes here. This tip is also emailed to the main contact teachers for the subscribing schools to www.studyskillshandbook.com.au to use in their school newsletters.

NOTE: The CONTENT on this blog and the email newsletters is NOT TO BE COPIED, reproduced or shared in any form.

The only exception to this are the SUBSCRIBING SCHOOLS to www.studyskillshandbook.com.au who have permission to use these tips in their school newsletters, forward to students and parents or post on school noticeboards.

Dr Prue Salter
Enhanced Learning Educational Services
The study skills specialist!
Study Skills Resources: www.enhanced-learning.net

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The start of the year is a great time to have students set academic goals along with any personal goals they might plan to achieve this year.

There are lots of great reasons to set goals:

• Setting goals gets students to think about possibilities.
• Goals give students a direction to work towards.
• Goals give students a clear picture of where they want to go.
• Goals help students to push themselves just that little bit more.
• Goals help students have a more fun and fulfilled life.
• Goals can give students motivation and focus.
• Setting goals helps students do all the things they want to do in life!
• Goals give students the motivation to do things that are difficult and challenging in order to reach a particular desired state.
• Goals help students achieve dreams, hopes and desires.
• Goals help students look for an achievable balance between the different areas of their life.
• Goals make students feel good about themselves and their achievements and help students to increase their self-esteem and sense of self-worth.
• Goals give students a greater feeling of control over their lives and experiences.
• Goals allow students to prioritise and create action plans.

There are different types of goals students can set based on the timeframe in which they want to achieve these goals:

Short-term goals: are things students want to do today, tomorrow or within the next few weeks and sometimes months.
Medium-term goals: are things students want to achieve in the next few months or sometime even within the next year.
Long-term goals: are things students want to do later on in life, whether it is next year, two years’ time, ten years’ time or even longer.

Students may decide to set a mix of these types of goals. To give students the best chance of achieving their goals, it is a good idea to make sure students’ goals are SMARTIES – so outline these guidelines for setting effective goals:

GUIDELINES FOR STUDENTS FOR GOAL SETTING

Specific: Make goals very detailed and specific. Exactly what do you want to achieve?
Measurable: You want to be able to know when you have achieved your goal so make sure there is some way to measure your success.
Action-Oriented: Your short-term goals should really be the action steps you need to take to achieve the medium and longer term goals.
Relevant & Realistic: Goals change, so if your goal is no longer relevant, you need to change it.
Time-Based: Your goals need to have a ‘to complete by’ date to give you something to aim for.
Interesting: Make your goals about things that you find interesting and worthwhile.
Emotional: Use powerful language to express the emotion behind the goals.
Success oriented: Express your goals in a positive and success focused way.

And….
– Only use POSITIVE language in goals.
– Use PASSIONATE, enthusiastic and motivating language.
– Write your goal in the PRESENT tense.

Students need to review their goals regularly to remind themselves of what they want to achieve and to stimulate their mind to think of other possibilities. Putting together an action plan of the steps to achieve the goal and allocating timeframes for each action is a good place for students to start.

If your school subscribes to www.studyskillshandbook.com.au you can learn more about how to help students achieve their personal best at school by working through the units on the site. Check if your school subscribes here. This tip is also emailed to the main contact teachers for the subscribing schools to www.studyskillshandbook.com.au to use in their school newsletters.

NOTE: The CONTENT on this blog and the email newsletters is NOT TO BE COPIED, reproduced or shared in any form.

The only exception to this are the SUBSCRIBING SCHOOLS to www.studyskillshandbook.com.au who have permission to use these tips in their school newsletters, forward to students and parents or post on school noticeboards.

Dr Prue Salter
Enhanced Learning Educational Services
The study skills specialist!
Study Skills Resources: www.enhanced-learning.net

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