Setting Goals for Success

Setting Goals | Success | Study Skills


Success in all areas of life is not a matter of “luck,” but comes about by planning for it. Planning involves being organized. It does not take the fun out of life, but instead helps you to be more in control, builds your self esteem, lessens frustrations, and makes for better grades. If you know what your goal is, you can achieve it.

Goals can be short term (“I want to get an A on this test), intermediate (as in a monthly plan), or long term (career goals). Goal setting is a planning skill that needs to be learned and practiced.

The challenge is yours! Set your own goals and work toward them!

On the way to success…
  • Set goals for your school performance, sports, and personal life.
  • Set realistic goals. Dreams are a separate category!
  • List your goals in order of importance.
  • Set reasonable time limits.
  • Don’t just think about it: go for it: keep at it!
  • Reward yourself on the accomplishment of your goals.
  • Draw up a plan of action.
  • Energize yourself sufficiently to make your plan work.
  • See yourself as an achiever. Visualize success.

On the way to better grades

  • Develop a strategy to get better grades and stick to it!
  • Decide what you will do to get better grades. Write it down.
  • Set a definite time when improved marks are to show up: next test, next chapter, etc.
  • Sometimes it helps to write your own contract of improvement.
  • Start working on your plan of action NOW. Be positive that you can reach your goal!
  • Read your goal statement from time to time. Share it with others.
Goal Setting…is the art of trying to figure out
  what you want to do,
    why you are doing it, and
      how you can work most efficiently.

Proper study skills and habits are very important steps in the learning process. The following 10 suggestions are provided to assist both parents and students in developing a study routine.

1. Know What Is Expected Of You

  • Copy the assignment carefully
  • Read the directions before you leave class
  • Mentally start the assignment before you leave class
  • Ask the teacher for help if you are confused

2. Have The Necessary Materials

  • Be prepared with textbook, notes, paper, pencils, etc.

3. Use Extra Facilities

  • School or public library
  • Your own dictionary or encyclopedia

4. Know When Your Assignments Are Due

  • Tests, projects, book reports, homework, etc.

5. Plan Your Study Time

  • Don’t wait until the last minute to study for an exam or complete a project
  • Set aside at least 1 hour a day for study and homework
  • If you do not have written homework, spend the time studying your notes, reading the textbook or giving yourself practice quizzes

6. Select A Proper Study Area

  • You need a relatively quiet place with a desk or table for writing
  • T.V.s, stereos, etc. only distract you and make you waste time

7. Organize Yourself

  • Use your STUDENT PLANNER everyday keep a notebook or part of a loose leaf binder for each subject keep a file at home (a cardboard box will do) with a place for each subject

8. Concentrate On The Task At Hand

  • Spend the entire hour concentrating on your homework
  • Don’t get sidetracked by magazines, games, the phone or your younger brother or sister

9. Write Neatly

  • You will spend less time recopying if you do it neatly and carefully the first time
  • Always place your name, the date, the teacher’s name and the subject at the top of your paper

10. Share Your School Work With Your Parents

  • discuss what you have learned in school with your parents not only will this reinforce the things you learned that day, but it might give you some different ideas about a topic show your parents your homework and ask if they have any suggestions for improvement.

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