Goal Setting Tips: SMART Goals

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 SMARTHere is what I mean.

S: Specific

M: Measurable

A: Achievable

R: Relevant

T: Timely

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!


Survival Tip: Homework Binder

Organization: It’s vital.

You need to continue with your organizational skills you built from your underclassmen years grade. Here is a recap just in case you need to get caught up to speed.

Tool: Homework Binder.

Build It. Here’s how:

  1. A simple 1in – 2in binder (about $2) with color dividers (about $2) are the building blocks. – if you can, get a super bright color so it stands out!
  2. Each divider should be labeled with a subject (English, Algebra, Biology, etc).
  3. Review it as soon as you get home! This takes practice! 
    1. Here is a tip: Set a daily reminder on your phone to check your homework binder – try a 5pm alarm! 

As always, ask Mr. Lopez for some help!