Goal Setting

 

Goal Setting

Establishing goals can help you remain focused on your academic responsibilities because they give you something to reach for and offer a way to measure your progress toward success at Bentley College.  The concept of “goals” can be subdivided into short term and long term goals:

  • Short term goals are tasks you want to accomplish in the immediate future.  Examples of short term goals include earning a high grade on a quiz, remaining up-to-date with reading assignments, or handing in a paper on time.   
  • Long term goals are tasks you want to achieve later in the semester, such as earning a 3.0 grade point average for the semester, or remaining organized throughout the first four months of the academic year.   

Your short term goals should include the steps that help you reach your long term goals.  Furthermore, they should be a means for you to plan how to reach your long term goals and a way to measure your progress.  The more concrete and specific your goals are, the easier it will be for you to use them to make plans and to take corrective action if necessary.

Being able to list your goals is the first step toward achieving them:

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Now that you have taken this first step, it’s time to plan exactly how you will achieve these goals and how you will measure your progress toward them:

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How will I measure my progress toward each of these goals?

You need to keep these goals in mind as you go through the semester. Always keep a list of your short and long term goals in your binder; check off your short term goals as you reach them and then replace that accomplished goal with a new one. This process means you are always working toward a goal, so there is always a concrete end to your endeavor. At the end of the semester, all the short term goals you achieve will add up to accomplish some of your long term goals.

Thus far we’ve discussed short and long-term goals to achieve a successful GPA = GradePoint Average. However, to be successful academically, begin thinking of GPA in a different way: Goal, Plan, Action.

GOAL – Should reflect your wants and needs. Make it large and ambitious without being vague. Write it down!

PLAN – lists the route you plan to take in order to reach your goal. It should be efficient and specific. Good advice and personal experience combine to create the most effective plans.

ACTION – bring your goal and your plan to life. Requires confidence, self-discipline, and power over procrastination.