Study Skills Tips
STUDY SKILLS TIP #73 – ACHIEVING GOALS
by P SALTER on FEBRUARY 1, 2016
A big step towards achieving goals is developing and maintaining a goal setting mindset as the attitudes students learn and develop will influence the way they view goal setting.
Approaching a task with a negative and self-defeating attitude makes it much harder to actually be successful at that task.
Students need to have a positive attitude when they are setting and trying to achieve their goals. A positive attitude means they are looking for ways to succeed rather than focusing on the difficulties and obstacles that could be in their path.
To create a more positive attitude, students can:
- Each day note down something they did towards achieving their goals.
- Note down any changes someone else has noticed eg. their teacher says well done on their work.
- Don’t stop trying if something goes wrong, rather reassess goals or decide to work harder to achieve them.
- Find a mentor or helper to encourage students to achieve their goals, possibly someone who is interested in the same things or is good at the same subjects, but is a bit further ahead.
Other reasons why we don’t achieve goals:
- No action plan.
- No true commitment to the goal.
- No rewards along the way.
- Trying to focus on too many goals.
- Not preparing for success.
- Fear of failure.
If students are still not achieving their goals they can try this:
- Clarify the goal.
- Write a list of actions.
- Analyze, prioritize and prune.
- Organise the list into a plan.
- Monitor the execution of the plan and review the plan regularly
Year 8 Coordinator