17 Tips for Setting and Achieving Academic Goals in 2017

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“A goal is a dream with a deadline.” – Napoleon Hill


1. Get Organized

Obtain and utilize organizational tools such as a day planner, a calendar, a binder and a file cabinet.

2. Short Term vs Long Term Goals

Identify and name short term goals and separate them from long term goals. Short term: Get an A in Math this semester. Long term: Graduate with a 4.0.

3. Write Your Goals Down

Make a list of short term goals and a separate list of long term goals and post them somewhere you will frequently see them.

4. Be Realistic (Baby Steps)

Break your goals down into smaller steps that will progressively lead you closer to your goals.

5. Share Your Goals

Engage with supportive people in your life and let them know what goals you are working towards. They might be able to help and at the very least they can offer words of encouragement.

6. Hold Yourself Accountable

Be honest with yourself. If you fall behind expectations, whether your own or a teacher’s, take the necessary steps to make it up. (It’s okay; you’re human!)

7. Set Deadlines

And stick to them! Write them down and review them regularly.

8. Manage Your Time

Plan each day by ordering your tasks in terms of priority. Review your day planner to determine which projects are due first.

9. Set a Routine and Stick With It

With a set Habit you are more likely to commit to completing tasks . If you get used to doing the same activities at the same time everyday, it will have the effect of counteracting procrastination.

10. Join or Form Groups with People with Similar Goals

Surround yourself with like minded individuals. Join or start study groups, book clubs, coffee talk discussions, and outings based upon shared goals.

11. Take Notes

There are many styles of note taking. Research the various styles and do what works for you. Review notes as soon after writing as possible. This way you are more likely to retain the information. Be sure to edit, organize and condense or expand as needed.

12. Find a Mentor in Your Field

Network and find people who have already reached the goal you are pursuing and ask them if they would be willing to share their story along with any tips that might be able to help you.

13. Evaluate Your Progress Regularly

Give yourself an honest report card. How would you score your progress if you were the teacher?

14. Get Plenty of Sleep

Working to the point of exhaustion decreases productivity. Make sure to take breaks and to get enough sleep to be able pick up where you left off while feeling more rejuvenated

15. Eat Healthy

Less Grease and foods that bog you down. More fruits and vegetables and healthy snacks and healthy fats, i.e. avocados, olive oil, coconut oil. Brain Food!

16. Exercise

The life of the mind benefits directly from a well functioning body. Make time in your routine to get your body active and moving.

17. Relax and Reward Yourself

Celebrate your successes as you progress towards your goals. Treat yourself!


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