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Student Guide to Goal Setting for Success

The start of the year is an exciting time. It may be another new month, but the new year brings a new significance. For many people, it is a time for reflections, planning and goal setting. Some students may be used to reviewing their end of year grades and setting targets for the new term. If this is something you are not doing already, January is a good time for parents to have conversations with their children about their personal goals, not just for the new year but for the new term.  

Why bother with goal setting?

Students have so many distractions in today’s world. If you do not have a plan of action, it is easy to loose focus. By setting a goal, you have an action plan. A personal accountability buddy, a self-set challenge to help keep you on track. Setting goals and working intentionally to achieve your goal is a skill that takes time to develop. If this is not a habit you already practise with your children, now is a good time to get them into the habit of setting goals.  

This simple goal setting exercise helps give your child a simple recipe for success. 

“if you fail to plan, you plan to fail”- Benjamin Franklin

Townsq Learning Centre has put together a free downloadable practical goal setting guide for your child to work through or for you to work through with your child. It is important that your child takes lead on the goals they want to achieve for themselves.

Download our free practical goal setting guide for students to get started now.

Where to start?

For anyone under 16, there is one clear expected goal which is to get your GCSEs. Although there are a handful of exceptions to this norm, most students are expected to pass GCSE Maths and English at a grade 4 and above.  If you are not sure where to start with setting your goals, your personal expectations for maths and English will be a good place to begin. 

“All you need is the plan, the road map, and the courage to press on to your destination”

Summarise your goals with these 4 simple steps

Choose your one big goal – Order your post 16 options in order of preference. It is important that you understand each of these routes to make an informed choice. Spend some time to research these options.

A-levels – Apprenticeships – Vocational qualifications – Get into employment 

Understand your why – Shortlist the route that appeals to you the most. Why do you prefer this route? How bad do you want it? Does it make sense enough to drive you towards achieving?

Shortlist the route that appeals to you the most. Why do you prefer this route? How bad do you want it? Does it make sense enough to drive you towards achieving?

write down the small practical action steps you can take to achieve your big goal. The regular habits that can help you achieve your goal.

It can be as simple as paying attention in class. Doing your homework or scheduling revision time. 

Write down any possible distractions from achieving your goal and how you plan to avoid them. 

Start with the obvious. Gaming, snapchat, tik-tok etc. How can you practically minimise these distractions?

Finally, make sure you write it all down and review your progress regularly as you work through your goals. 

Plan your work and work your plan – Napoleon Hill

Perhaps, try leaving your phone in another room. 

Do you have a revision plan?

We understand that knowing what and when to start revising can be daunting.

We have done half the work for you with our 16 weeks simple downloadable revision plan.

In this video, I break down the following:

1- How to minimise distractions

2- When to start revising to get through your whole syllabus

3- How long you should be revising for

and lots more tips for exam success

Download our free revision plan here