The process of setting goals allows students to choose where they want to go in school and what they want to achieve. By knowing what they want to achieve, they know what they have to
concentrate on and improve. Goal setting gives students long-term vision and short-term motivation. Having sharp, clearly defined goals, which
students can measure, will allow them to take pride in accomplishing those goals.
They can see clear forward progress in what might have seemed a long drawn out process.
By setting goals students
1 Improve their academic performance
2 Increase their motivation to achieve
3 Increase pride and satisfaction in performance
4 Improve their self-confidence
Goal Setting Helps Self-Confidence
By setting goals andmeasuring their
achievements, students are able to
see what they have done and what they
are capable of. Seeing their results gives the confidence and assurance that they need to believe they can achieve higher goals.
How to have basic effective goal setting
*Express goals positively -“To improve my spelling” is a much better goal than “Don’t spell with so many mistakes”.
*Be accurate: If students set an accurate goal, putting in dates, times and amounts so that achievement can be measured and can be satisfied at achieving it.
*Set Priorities: When students have several goals, give each a priority. This helps them avoid feeling overwhelmed and helps their attention to the more important ones.
*Write goals down to make them more meaningful.
*Keep Goals Small: Students should keep their immediate goals small and achievable.
*Set Goals Students Have Control Over: There is nothing worse than failing to achieve a personal goal for reasons beyond the students’ control.
*Set specific measurable goals: If students consistently fail to meet a measurable goal, then they can adjust it or analyze the reason for failure and take appropriate action.