Students: Ways to Acheive Your Academic Goals for the New School Year

Every person wants to achieve the goals set at the beginning of a new school session. Yet, as time progresses it can be all too easy to fall back into bad or slack habits, such as procrastination, cramming and poor researching, sending the original goals to achieve, well, right out the window.

However, how would you do if you know which steps to take to achieve success in your school career? Amazingly, because planning your goals and dedicating yourself to achieving them will bring about results that you truly want.

1. Identify Specific and Realistic Goals: When it comes to choosing your goal, ensure that it states precisely what it is that you want to achieve. Don’t generalize. The exactitude of your goal involves both what you want to achieve and identifies the effort that you will put in to achieve it. Simply setting a goal without acknowledging the effort required won’t be successful, whereas understanding what needs to be done to get to your goal will be.

2. Put Down Your Goal: Having a hard copy of your goal makes it real. Once it becomes a physical entity and not just a thought going through your head, it has form, substance and reality for you. Ways to express your goal might be:

  • Write it in a journal you’ll be keeping all year ahead.
  • Write it on a poster and stick this above your desk that you look at each day. Every time you remind yourself of your goal, you’re training your brain to accept the effort needed to make the goal happen. 

3. Be a Researcher: The best approach when setting up a goal is to research the topic in which it is in so that you can understand better how to achieve it through the tools, information and resources available to you.

  • Ask questions when researching your topic.
  • Try various methods out: One may not work while another may be just right for you. Be aware of the way in which you learn best and focus on that; some people learn best through writing, some through listening and reading, some through talking it through. Until you have realized which way works for you, you might not realize that the method used within your school makes your learning harder for you. Once you do realize, you can work around any school is driven study methods that aren’t perfect for you and institute those that are much better.
  • Know and understand the information: This may take drawing up mind maps, drawing visual diagrams, chopping the information down into smaller parts, talking to people related to your goal and so forth. Seek to discover which methods enable you to best digest the information you receive. 

4. Adopt Goal Segmentation: By chopping your goal up into manageable chunks, it allows you to mentally tick your way through the goal until the end of the Session. This method makes it is easier to handle and therefore you’re far less likely to give up or dodge your goal by taking short-cuts or refusing to do anything. As well, it is simply more practical to break down a goal into achievable parts. All you got to do is think what you need to do to achieve it, and make it a step by step process, with reward goalposts along the way.

5. Deal with Distractions: There are many distractions in life, including technology and romance. It is easier to be sidetracked by things that don’t allow the time for achieving school goals and it is important to acknowledge these possibilities and to plan to deal with them consciously.

  • Set small periods of time each week for TV and internet use that isn’t for research purposes. Don’t allow these times to bleed into study time or to replace it. Choose to do quality fun things instead of just any old thing when you do use technology for entertainment.
  • If you’re dating, keep it short and sweet. Although it’s nice to be around your sweetheart, there is a long way ahead of both of you and where your relationship goes is far less certain than where your goals ought to be taking you. Give priority to your goals as well as your studies too, equally and enjoy dating on weekends now and then.
  • Emails, phone calls, IM, texting, etc., are all potential sources of distraction. Keep them to a minimum and answer them during set times or after the studies have been completed. 

6. Practice Self Rewarding System: All study and no reward can break your spirit. Occasionally, when you’ve achieved certain “milestones” in your goal plan, take a break and reward yourself. See a favourite movie, visit a friend who lives across town, go get ice cream with your friends or buy yourself a new something.

7. Make sure that you make the most of the opportunities you get every school day.

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