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!


9th Grade Survival Tip: Get Organized – Homework Binder

If you are not already an organized person, now is the time to become one. Organization is vital to your success in high school and beyond!

You’re now faced with a new school, new classes, a different schedule, and daily homework in all classes. One way to get a jump-start on being successful in high school is having an organized binder, planner, locker, and a workspace at home.

Being organized allows you to put all your energy into completing an assignment, rather than wasting your time searching for it.

Do you have?

  1. A binder to keep all your homework? Here is how you get it going:
    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!