How to Set University Goals

Setting SMART goals which are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time Bound.

Last Updated: January 18th, 2021

How to Set University Goals
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Having goals in college is a great way to measure your progress, stay focused, keep you locked in and undistracted, overcome procrastination and keep you motivated.
When setting goals in University they should be SMART goals. This means that your goals should be:

  • Specific.
  • Measurable.
  • Attainable.
  • Relevant.
  • Time Bound.

In this article, I'll show you how to set goals that will help you boost your success.

Think About Your End Goals

Think about by the time you are in school , what kind of goals would you want to achieve. They can either be long term goals such as graduate in 4 years or short time goals such as attend a chemistry lecture until my 75% attendance is complete. In order to set up realistic goals having the main goal in mind is the most important step.

Set Specific Goals (Specific)

Generalized goals and vague goals are unhelpful because they do not provide specific direction. Break down your goals into small chunks which should be clear and well defined.

Set Measurable Goals (Measurable)

Your goals should be able to measure your degree of success. Goals with figures such as increase my calculus course unit scores with 20 marks. If your goal is simply defined as "To pass calculus" how will you know whether the goal has been successful? Your goals should be measurable.

Set Attainable Goals (Attainable)

Spend some time thinking whether the goals you set as a student you can achieve them. When you set goals that you can not achieve they will only demoralize yourself and erode your confidence. A good example is trying to set a goal of earning a 4.0 next semester when you barely passed most of your lectures and now you are on academic probation.
Also do no set goals that are too easy. A good goal is the one you have to work hard for. Goals should challenge yourself as they will bring the most satisfaction.


Set Relevant and Realistic Goals (Relevant)

Think about your personal and intellectual strengths and set relevant and realistic goals for yourself. People can set unrealistic goals for you without knowing your own desires and ambitions. Set relevant goals towards what you would like to achieve. Scattered and inconsistent goals will only fritter your time

Set Goals with a Realistic Timeline (Time Bound)

Goals set within a timeline will help you set deadlines for yourself. You can set short term goals like goals to achieve in a week, month or even long time goals, goals to achieve in a semester. Goals with a timeline will hep you know when you will celebrate your success and your urgency of achievement comes much more quicker.

More Tips for Setting Up Your Goals

  • State each goal as a positive statement
  • Set precise goals by putting in dates and time
  • Give each goal a priority as you will not feel overwhelmed by having too many goals
  • Write your goals down - when you make it tangible, you won't have any excuse for forgetting it. You can even take a screenshot and set them as a wallpaper.
  • Keep your goals small and achievable
  • Your goals should be realistic and based on performance not on outcome.

How to Translate Your Strengths Into Details

  • Have a plan and a way to get there towards your goal
  • Have a way to check your progress that is by checking your smaller goals if they are on the way to your bigger goal.
  • Hold yourself accountable.
  • If something happens, have a way to adapt to change.
  • Have rewards built in along the way.

Lastly you have to stick with your goal no matter what comes through. Keep yourself on track and keep reviewing your goal to see where you are at.

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