Goals are a great way to track progress and keep motivated. They allow you to set clear targets and celebrate your successes. Continuing our series of Super Quick Study Tips, this week Vivian from our student support team shares the secret to SMART goals.
- Keep your goals specific. Make sure you know exactly what you want to achieve by creating a list and sticking it to the wall in your study space. This will help you keep your goals at the forefront of your mind and allow you to keep track of your overall purpose.
- Your goals should always be measurable. This means each goal needs to have a definite end. Whether it's small like completing a reading each day, or large like committing to extra hours of study in the week, make sure you know when the goal has been achieved so you can cross it off your list. You can also consider giving yourself small rewards for successfully completing a goal.
- Keep your goals achievable. Break larger goals into smaller tasks and plan out your study. This will not only make you feel like you are achieving more in a shorter period of time, but will also reduce the stress of completing a large task. Remember Rome wasn’t built in a day. Try working one block at a time to build the foundation for your studies.
- Set realistic tasks that you know you can achieve.
Don’t over-commit yourself. If you have to juggle family, work and study don’t promise yourself that you will complete eight hours of study a day. Instead, look at what time and resources are at your disposal and set tasks accordingly.
- Set deadlines for your goals. Time limits are a great tool to help you prioritise your tasks more effectively and will help you keep momentum to achieve the results you want. Don’t let procrastination stop you from reaching your goals.
Make your goals - Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time Specific – you’ll always be SMART!