Start out each year by creating four goals. The four goals should be composed of two academic goals and two personal goals. I like starting out with four goals because it’s a solid number to get a sense of accomplishment, but feel free to go above four goals if you have the basics down!
Here is an example of a goal that sets you up for failure: I want to get good grades.
Why is it bad? Here is why: What grades are you counting? What is a “good” grade? When do you want to get the good grades? See what I mean?
Your goals have to be SMART. Here is what I mean.
Here is the same goal of getting good grades using the SMART model.
I want to earn at least an 85 average on my semester grades for my English, math, science, & social studies classes for my freshmen year in high school.
The above mentioned goal is very specific and timely!
Remember, if your goal is not SMART, don’t bother giving it a start! OK, yea that was lame, but you know what I mean.
As always, if you have any questions about creating your goals, come by the college center in room 111 for some guidance!