Tuesday, July 25, 2017

SMART Goals for Students - Do you want to be SMART?

Setting goals for students is extremely important, for both school and homework. It is true that each student has his or her unique talent and aptitude for learning. There can never be one common goal that will suit all students.

However, having certain basic common attributes to the goals, can help make them more achievable. Schools in Dubai, are steadily adopting a SMART method of setting goals for their students.

What are SMART goals?

SMART is an acronym that is used to denote goals that are:

Specific
Measurable
Attainable
Realistic
Time bound

Research has shown that goals that are set following the above SMART parameters, have a higher scope of successful attainment. So, are you wondering how can you set a SMART goal? Let us have a look.

Setting yourself a SMART Goal

Any goal can be a SMART goal, when you follow these simple steps. You can soon start to formulate your own goals.

Make your goals specific

Every student starts the academic year with the some goals. These may be academic or extra-curricular. Whatever your area of interest may be, the first point you need to remember when setting any goal, is to make it specific.

Setting a general and vague goal, doesn't give you enough motivation to commit fully to it. That is why, it is important to make the goals as specific as possible. If you want to excel at academics, set yourself a specific increase in percentage of grades.

Measurable

Have a clear benchmark when you set your goals. It is a good idea to write down your goals and then measure how close to it you are. By maintaining a journal for the results, you can effectively measure the progress that you have made.

Setting measurable goals is an important step in having a yardstick against which you can compare the results. This way, you can find the areas that need work. You can also get motivation, when you see yourself surpassing the benchmark that you have set.

Are your goals attainable?

It is definitely true that students should be pushed to deliver better results. However, when setting goals, it is also important to make sure that the goals are attainable. There are certain realities that will be unique to each student. When setting goals, make sure that you take these factors into consideration.

Realistic targets

You shouldn't set unrealistic goals for students. As much as parents may want, their children cannot excel at everything at once. It is best not to set arbitrary goals. If a student is not showing proficiency in maths and physics, it is not a realistic goal to expect him or her to excel in the sciences.

Set a time frame for the goals

A student has a limited time frame in which they can achieve their goals. That is why the goals should be time bound, for maximum effectiveness. A single school term may not be enough for some goals.


So, set yourself a SMART goal, and excel at school! 

Mayur

Partner

www.betteryourgrades.com - An online tutoring company for students in Dubai .

1 comment:

  1. I am a student myself and this post was very helpful. I always have a hard time following up my goals. I will try to include your tips.

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