As humans, there’s always more. Something we wish for, something we want and something we can strive for. These ‘somethings’ we wish, want and strive for can de deemed as goals. Among students, the goals may differ, but the end result still rings true for each; some form of success or achievement. To claim this success or achievement, the team at GSPT encourage students to follow our 7-step guide for goal setting.
- What is it you want to achieve? Is it a better grade in English? Or perhaps an improvement in your mathematics problem-solving skills? Whatever it may be, students must consider what they desire to set a plan and goal around it.
- Make it SMART. Whilst it might sound trivial, a SMART objective is an acronym for a fool-proof goal. S – Specific, M – Measurable, A – Attainable, R – Relevant, T- Time-bound. An example could be ‘I want to achieve a B+ in English this Term’. A time frame is set with a specific goal that can be measured and assessed once the time has passed.
- Jot them down. Write down the goals. It’s no use just to think of goals and forget about them 2 weeks later…you’ll just keep making new goals and not planning or striving for any of them! Once consideration has been taken in thinking and making sure they align with the SMART framework, put them in a journal, diary or a place of safekeeping so you’ll remember them for 2 weeks and another 2 after that.
- What’s the game plan? Coming up with great SMART objectives isn’t enough. What can you do to make them a reality? Is it more study each night? Or maybe it’s collaborating with a peer? In setting out actions and exercises that will advance these goals closer, motivation increases, and the finish line moves into sight.
- Again, write them down! Let’s put those actions on a timeline. Set it out, map them out and configure the actions and steps to the SMART goal or goals in a visual way that allows students to see and work towards their progress.
- Put it all into action! Use the timeline in accordance with the SMART goal/s set out and stick to the game plan. Implement the actions and exercises devised to enhance the student’s learning and their distance towards the finish line.
- Maybe you achieved the goal but maybe you didn’t. No matter the result, looking back on the process and steps implemented allows students to assess what maybe didn’t work but also what did. These moments of learning can assist with the next SMART goal.