ACADEMIC GOAL WORKSHEET – Gr 12 TM Name: ________________________ Grade: _________ Ad v i s o r : _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ WHAT DO YOU WANT TO ACHIEVE THIS YE AR? You’re now a senior. What do you want to achieve this year before you graduate? This will be an important year for you: you’ll decide what to do after high school and apply to get there. Whether you’re going to a four-year college, a community or technical college, an apprenticeship, the military, or into the workforce, you’ll have to prove your skills. As you prepare for the future, think of your academic goals for this year. Do you want to: Get a certain GPA (say, 3.0)? Pass all your classes? Complete CTE course work? Take postsecondary assessment exams (such as the SAT, ACT, or ASSET)? Take AP tests next spring? Get accepted to the postsecondary program of your choice? Graduate on time? What do you want to do? Please write at least one goal below for your academic achievements this year. Remember that your goal should be “SMART,” that is, it should be specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-oriented. Specific rather than general (Such as: “I want to get a 3.0 GPA this year”). Measurable by what you will do during the year (by grades or test scores, for instance). Achievable or realistic for high school. Relevant so that it is aligned with your short- and long-term plans. Time-oriented and able to be finished by the end of the school year. AC ADEMIC GO AL: Study Skills and Time Management Tips Does it seem like there's never enough time in the day to get everything done? Feel like you're always running late? Here are some tips for taking control of your time and organizing your life. 1. Take advantage of the resources that are available to you. Seek help from individual teachers before or after school Identify student/s in each class with whom you can study, work, and review (exchange phone numbers and email addresses) Access after school Study Help Sessions where there is tutorial support Seek help from family members Access the Media Center before and after school for internet, computer, and other resources Seek help from grade level counselors and career guidance specialist 2. Make a "To Do" List Every Day. Put things that are most important at the top and do them first. If it's easier, use a planner to track all of your tasks. And don't forget to reward yourself for your accomplishments. 3. Use Spare Minutes Wisely. Get some reading done while you’re waiting to be picked up from school, or on the bus ride home. 4. It's Okay to Say "No." If your friends ask you to go out or your boss asks you to work on a Thursday night and you have an exam the next morning, realize that it's okay to say no. Keep your short- and long-term priorities in mind. 5. Find the Right Time. You'll work more efficiently if you figure out when you do your best work. For example, if your brain handles math better in the afternoon, don't wait to do it until late at night. 6. Review Your Notes Every Day. You'll reinforce what you've learned, so you need less time to study. You'll also be ready if your teacher calls on you or gives a pop quiz. 7. Get a Good Night's Sleep. Running on empty makes the day seem longer and your tasks seem more difficult. 8. Communicate Your Schedule to Others. If phone calls, texts, or the internet are proving to be distractions, tell your friends that you are only available at certain times. It may sound silly, but it helps. 9. Budget Your Time. Figure out how much free time you have each week. Give yourself a time budget and plan your activities accordingly. 10. Take Action. Have you ever wasted an entire evening by worrying about something that you're supposed to be doing? Was it worth it? Instead of agonizing and procrastinating, just do it. 11. Keep Things in Perspective. Setting goals that are unrealistic sets you up for failure. While it's good to set high goals for yourself, be sure not to overdo it. Set goals that are difficult yet reachable. Adapted from: http://www.collegeboard.com SMART Goals Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic/Relevant and Time Bound. S = Specific: Do you know exactly what you want to accomplish with all the details? Goals must be well defined. They must be clear and unambiguous. Not SMART: “I want to write a book.” SMART: “I want to write a book on time management that is at least 200 pages in length and have it done by December 16th. I’ll commit myself to writing at least 2 pages every workday until I reach completion.” M = Measurable: Can you quantify your progress so you can track it? How will you know when you reach your goal? Define specific criteria for measuring progress toward the accomplishment of each goal you set so that you can measure and keep track of your progress. Not SMART: “I want to be rich.” SMART: “I want to generate $100,000 in passive income within 5 years from this date.” A = Achievable: Is your goal a challenge but still possible to achieve? Goals must achievable. The best goals require you to stretch a bit to achieve them but they are not impossible to achieve. Not SMART: “I want to become a millionaire in 2 months.” SMART: “I want to become a millionaire within 10 years by starting my own personal development company and doing seminars all over the world and by creating a line of passive income products.” R = Relevant: Is your goal relevant to your life purpose? Is it in line with your beliefs and values? Your goal must be consistent with other goals established and fits with your immediate and long-term plans. Not SMART: “I want to help others.” SMART: “By the end of the year, I want to build a philanthropic foundation that helps feed the homeless.” T =Time Bound: Does your goal have a deadline? Goals must have a clearly defined time frame including a starting date and a target date. If you don’t have a time limit then there is no urgency to start taking action towards achieving your goals. Not SMART: “I am going to do my homework.” SMART: “I am going to finish my homework by 8pm tonight and I’ll achieve this deadline by spending one hour on each subject.” WHO: Who is involved? Clearly defined time frame TIME BOUND WHAT: What do I want to Starting and ending dates accomplish? Specific time limit WHERE: Identify a SPECIFIC location WHEN: Establish a time frame Aligned with your WHICH: Identify purpose requirements and Consistent with values RELEVANT constraints and beliefs Fits with future plans Creating WHY: Specific reasons, purpose, or benefits in Meaningful SMART accomplishing the goal Goals How much? Doable steps How many? Can-do attitude MEASURABLE How will I know when it ACHIEVABLE is accomplished? Right abilities, skills to meet the goal Benchmarks? Financial capability Milestones?
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