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Study Skills: Student's guide to goal setting

Updated on August 22, 2016

Goal Setting - is the knack of figuring out . . .

  • WHAT you will do
  • WHY you will do it
  • When you will do it and
  • HOW you will do it

If you like football, you’ll probably have watched countless times a player lines up to kick the ball between the goalposts. He sets his target, he aims and kicks. If he kicks a goal he’s met a sub-goal, winning the game of course is the primary goal. The ultimate goal is to win a premiership.

Did you notice that an ultimate goal can be broken down into smaller achievable sub-goal?

Setting goals for yourself can be a lot like kicking goals.

  • You get your target (you work out what you want)
  • Your aim (you get a strategy/action in place to get the goal)
  • You kick a goal (you get what you want!)

I know.... this is one of those easier said than done things .... so below are some tips on how you can get started.

Here are some tips to get you started. . .

  1. Determined the things that you really want to achieve and write them down.

  2. Write goals that you know you are ”do-able”. Take care not to set goals too low or too high.

  3. Be goal specific. Vague goals like "I want to better at sport" won’t work.

  4. Break down each goal into smaller, achievable sub-goals with action plans

  5. Give yourself a specific deadline and leave yourself plenty of time.

  6. Try to anticipate obstacles that might come up.

  7. Identify all the resources /people that might help you.

  8. Think about rewards for meeting your goal.

  9. Review, modify and up-date your goal constantly. They can keep you motivated

  10. Give yourself a reward. But don’t reward yourself until you have achieved your goal.

What more could inspire than these simple yet so profound quotes

  • To reach a port, we must sail—Sail, not tie at anchor—Sail, not drift. - Franklin Roosevelt

  • There is no happiness except in the realization that we have accomplished something.- Henry Ford

  • It is not enough to take steps which may some day lead to a goal; each step must be itself a goal and a step likewise. - Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
  • Instead of worrying about what people say of you, why not spend time trying to accomplish something they will admire. - Dale Carnegie

  • To achieve happiness, we should make certain that we are never without an important goal. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • A goal is not the same as a desire, and this is an important distinction to make. You can have a desire you don't intend to act on. But you can't have a goal you don't intend to act on. - Tom Morris

  • Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. - Thomas A Edison

  • When you get to the end of the rope, tie a knot and hang on. - F. D. Roosevelt

  • You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore. - Christopher Columbus

  • Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.- Confucious


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      The Body Project 

      6 years ago

      I like Your Article about " " Perfect just what I was searching for! .

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      6 years ago

      It will help me start my goals cynthia

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      7 years ago

      nice motivation!!thanks a lotss...ill try to implement you tips!

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      loki sagar 

      7 years ago

      very helpful for the people who wants to achive something in their life. keep us updated with new topics. thanks for spending your time for us.

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      8 years ago

      Excellent hub. For students looking to get more deeply into goal setting, I would suggest the following resource at It is a complete goal book and agenda to help anyone-- students included-- get their goal setting in order.

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      8 years ago

      Thanks. Voted up and useful for a very useful hub.

    • prasannastudies profile image


      8 years ago from USA

      nice hub page. very useful.

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      9 years ago

      Thanks a lot for the 'actional' thoughts...

    • MM Del Rosario profile imageAUTHOR

      MM Del Rosario 

      9 years ago from NSW, Australia

      thank you for taking time to read this hub...I enjoy writing this hub and and sharing it . all.

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      Ann Nonymous 

      9 years ago from Virginia

      great and encouraging, MM! Thanks for taking the time for this hub!

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      9 years ago from New York, NY

      Great Hub . .one I will bookmark for no matter how old I get I will always be a student. .and a student can never have enough tricks on how to organize and study better! Rated up:)

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      9 years ago from Texas

      Thanks for this hub. This school year is about over but will implement your tips for next year.

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      Barry Rutherford 

      9 years ago from Queensland Australia

      good motivational hub


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