Setting goals is a great way to gain a greater sense of control over your life and start moving in a positive direction. Research shows that setting goals enhances students’ overall experience in high school as well as improving their academic performance.
There are two types of goals. Long term and short term. Long-term goals are related to dreams for the future, such as college or career goals. Short-term goals can be weekly or monthly goals that can lead up to the long term goals. For example, by the end of this month, a student may want to improve their grades to a C or above. This will help them with college entrance, but one of the many goals that will help them achieve their long-term goals.
Teaching teens to set SMART goals or goals that are specific, measureable, achievable, relevant, a time-based will allow them to reach their goals more easily.
SPECIFIC- Goals that set a definite bar help you to be able to know if they were achieved
MEASUREABLE-allows you to easily figure out if you are getting closer to your target:
Example- I want to get over an 80% on my next three math tests.
ACHIEVEABLE : Setting goals that are within your reach so that you can dedicate time and energy to the goal.
RELEVANT: Goals should be important to you so that you stay committed.
TIME BASED- there should e a deadline for completion so you create a sense of urgency.