Making a Plan

Making a Plan!

Setting goals is similar to drawing and then following a map to a specific destination. You wouldn't set off on a journey without a road map and you shouldn't begin a new school year without goals. Goals help us define what we want and how we can achieve it. When you set goals you are making a plan to succeed.

There are two types of goals: long-term and short-term.

  • Planning a career is a long-term goal.
  • Completing a major report over the weekend is a short-term goal.

Your long-term goals will consist of a number of short-term goals.

When setting goals there are some helpful guidelines to keep in mind:

  • be as specific as possible
  • make your goals measurable so you can see your progress
  • set your own goals, keeping in mind both your strengths and weaknesses
  • be realistic: it's better to plan only a few things at first, experience success and then gradually increase what you ask of yourself
Creating a Study Environment

In order to follow through on your plan it helps to create a place to do your school work at home. When you are creating a study environment you should keep a number of things in mind.
  • find a place to study and keep it for study only
  • stock up your study area with any supplies you will need (pencils, pens, paper, ruler, dictionary, etc.)
  • control the noise level and avoid visual distracters such as a television
  • set up and maintain a schedule for studying
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