In an earlier article, I have mentioned that in order for you to be motivated, you need to find the possible source of motivation that will spur you towards achieving your goals. If you are not motivated at all, there is no chance that you will ever score good grades in school. After finding your source of motivation and focusing on it, you need to work on the “how” aspect of getting yourself motivated. One way to do so is to set yourself study goals.
In this article, I am going to share on the step-by-step approach that will guide you in the setting of study goals.
1. Frame Specific Study Goals
Write your study goal as specific as possible so that you can better focus on it and also it will be easier to measure if you have made progress towards it. Set goals using SMART as a guiding principle. SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time Based. Just to give an example of a SMART goal. I want to improve my score in A Level Chemistry (relevant) by 2 grades (specific, measurable, achievable) in 3 months’ time (time based).
2. List All The Reasons and Benefits For Achieving That Goal
Writing down the reasons and benefits for achieving the goal will serve as added motivation for you to strive towards the goal. The reasons can range from getting into a good school, increased self-confidence as a result of scoring well, feeling happy and motivated, etc. List the benefits that speak to you because different students will relate to different reasons and benefits.
3. Formulate a Course of Action with Specific Datelines.
After writing the specific goal and listing the associated reasons, you need to formulate a course of action in order to work towards your goal. For example, using the earlier goal that was mentioned in the article, you can list different course of actions which could include spending more time each day on the subject, getting a Chemistry tutor, consulting your school teacher after classes, etc. Make sure that you set a dateline for completing each course of action. Nothing will happen without any action!
4. Act Now
The killer for all actions is procrastination. Do not procrastinate and act now towards your study goals. Make a commitment towards your goal and share it with your best friend or parents to ensure accountability and your commitment towards it.
Follow this step-by-step guide and you will be one step closer towards achieving your study goals!