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10/02/2019
Setting goals can help you reach your academic potential more easily. To learn how to set academic goals effectively, read this post that The Tutoring Center, Frisco TX has put together for you.

The new school year began a few weeks ago, which means you're still on time to change your ways and make this the best school term in your academic career so far. A way to achieve that is to set goals for your academic efforts. They can motivate you to do better, give you a clear direction to work towards, and keep you accountable. Still, for your goals to be the motivator you need to succeed as a student, you should learn how to set them appropriately. For tips on the matter, continue reading the post below.

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How to Set Academic Goals

Be Specific

An important thing to keep in mind is that the goals you set for yourself need to be specific. This is because a vague goal such as 'be a better student' can lead to confusion which can, in turn, lead to discouragement. If you want to be inspired by the goals you set, be more specific. In what ways do you which to be better? The more specific you get, the clearer direction you'll have.

Have Reachable Goals

Of course, you want your goals to challenge you to do better. But, once again, if you aim too high (for example, 'be the best student that ever was'), you can get discouraged, since you'll be overwhelmed by the goal. You can have an ultimate goal of 'ace all of your classes', but to get there, you need to set smaller, reachable goals that will push you in the right way. The confidence boost you'll get when you achieve them will help you keep going.

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Set Specific Steps and a Time Frame

Now you know what you want to achieve, but how will you about achieving it? To make sure you know exactly what to do and when, you will need to set specific steps for reaching your goals and a time frame for each step. For example, if you want to get a better grade in your next English test, then some of the steps would be to do your homework, read and write for an hour each day, and do extra practice sheets every week. Having the process clear in your head will make it less likely that you'll want to give up on your goal.

Reach Out When Needed

Reaching goals isn't always a breeze. It requires hard work. For that reason, it's recommended that you have some sort of support when you need it. You can turn to peers, teachers, family, friends, a tutor, and more. You can ask them questions, reach out to them for guidance, turn to them when you're feeling unmotivated, or simply talk to them about what you're going through. Having that support can help you keep going.

Track Your Progress

As mentioned above, to complete a goal fully, you need to put in a lot of effort. After the initial excitement wears off, you may experience a lull or a plateau that may discourage you from continuing. That's why, it's imperative that you keep track of the progress you've made. If you see how far you've come, you'll get the boost to continue on your journey. Not only that, but it will help you put everything into perspective.

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Adjust as Needed

Guess what? Your goals aren't set in stone! This means that if the strategy you worked at the beginning isn't giving you the results you hoped for, or if you've found a new method to work with or a new goal to work towards, you can absolutely adjust the plan as you see fit. Of course, you should put your effort into making it work at first, but if it doesn't, no need to get discouraged and frustrated. Just adjust your goal/strategy.

Keep Them in Mind

Lastly, you probably won't be able to progress much with your academic goals if you've forgotten what they are. As the saying goes 'out of sight, out of mind'.  For that reason, it's recommended that you keep your goals in a place where you can be reminded of them. For instance, put a sticky note on your computer's monitor, or create an image and set it as your phone's background.

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