How to Keep Your Education Goals This School Year

At the beginning of the school year we all get filled with syllabus requirements and high expectations. Unfortunately, it seems like every year those fool-proof plans dwindle before the leaves change color. The beginning of a new year is a great time to make new goals and prepare for the future, but it’s not worth much if you don’t stick to it. This year, make a resolution to stick to your resolutions. To keep you on track this year, here are a few tips that can help you to achieve your educational goals.

Steps

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    Put it all on paper. Write your goals down, and keep them in an accessible place as reminders - tape them to your mirror, your textbooks or put them on your refrigerator door.
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    Make baby steps. Rather than set a goal to save $1000, make a goal to save $10 per month. Make 52 tiny goals rather than one gigantic leap. Tell yourself you will finish all required reading this week, not that you will simply “do better” all year. Then re-make the goal each week.
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    Mark your calendar. Set deadlines for yourself that are at least one or two days earlier than your professor’s deadline. Write down steps in your planner to tackle each assignment one piece at a time.
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    Find a role model. Find someone who has succeeded in fulfilling an ambition similar to yours. Perhaps it is an older student, or a teacher. Look to this person as a reminder that it is possible to achieve your goal.
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    Check your progress regularly, and give yourself an occasional reward for your efforts. But make sure your reward doesn’t conflict with your goal; celebrate an aced math test with a weekend trip or a new outfit, not with skipping an assignment!
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    Inform friends and family of your goals, and recruit them to regularly remind and support you in your endeavors.
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    Assign friends to check up on you regularly to remind you of your goals. Ask them not to ask you to go out until you have finished your goals for the day.

Tips

  • Don't sweat the setbacks; persistence is the key.

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