Smart Goals for the New School Year
The Autumn term is in full swing and there is no time like the present to help your child set their goals for the new academic year. To make these targets as effective as possible, we recommend that you set SMART Goals. Here we explain what these are and show how you can transform a weak target into a precise SMART Goal. If you are searching for a private tutor to help your child reach their SMART goals, please call one of our tuition consultants today to discuss your child’s learning requirements.
What are SMART goals?
Specific: What specifically is it that your child wants to accomplish in the end?
Measurable: There must be a way of measuring whether this goal has been completed or not.
Attainable: Is this a realistic goal? Not just, ‘be more punctual,’ but, ‘wake up ten minutes earlier every morning.’
Relevant: Is the goal fulfilling a genuine need?
Time-bound: There should be a clear deadline for meeting this goal.
Example 1: “Improve my grades”
SMART Goal: In the first term, I will complete my homework during the hours of 6 to 7 pm on school nights at my desk in my bedroom. After completing this homework, I will put my homework in a homework folder and put it in my backpack. At school the next day I will turn in my homework to my teacher. I will reconsider this goal after receiving my termly report at Christmas.
Specific: The goal is specific and states exactly what is to be accomplished.
Measurable: This goal is very easy to measure due to the specificity of ‘6 to 7pm on school nights.’
Attainable: This goal does not require a huge lifestyle change nor does it set an unrealistic commitment to score top grades in everything.
Relevant: This goal is relevant as completing all homework will certainly lead to better grades.
Time-bound: The timings and scheduled review give this target a clearly defined window and an opportunity to review and re-evaluate.
Example 2: “Be more organised”
SMART Goal: After school on the first day of school, I will organise my backpack by creating a folder or binder for each of my classes with places to keep my assignments, notes and homework. After my backpack is organised, I will spend 10 minutes each day when I get home to go through the items in my backpack to make sure they are in the proper location. I will then dispose of any items I do not need or that do not belong in my backpack.
Specific: The goal addresses exactly what needs to be done.
Measurable: The goal specifies the time of day, the frequency and the duration of the task, which can all be measured.
Attainable: This goal is realistic as it focuses on one facet of organisation – the rucksack.
Relevant: The goal is a great habit to have and will build the organisational skills of the student.
Time-bound: The goal clearly sets out exactly when and for how long these tasks will take place.