Tutor tips: Setting SMART goals

SMART goals are one of the most effective techniques that keep you on track! We understand how beneficial goal setting can be in supporting our students to meet their objectives, which is why our tutors spend a significant amount of time with students to set SMART goals. There are 5 factors to consider when setting SMART goals: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevance and Timely. Not very sure how to do this? Keep reading! SPECIFIC The more specific your goals are, the easier it is for you to work towards them. Maybe you want to get a better grade in Math. You could set a goal by saying “I want to do better in Math this year.” However, this statement doesn’t specify how you will go about doing this. Instead, try to be specific. What about this: “I want to get at least 80% in Pre-Calc 11 by committing 4 hours a week in doing practice questions and making sure to ask my tutor if there are any concepts I don’t understand.” There you go! You listed out your goal, and stated how you plan on achieving it. Want to give it a try? Some questions you could ask yourself are: What exactly do I want to achieve? How will I achieve it? MEASURABLE Identify what you’ll see, feel and hear when you achieve your goal. Going back to our Math example, grades can be measured by looking at your marks on your assignments, projects, and tests. You can always refer back to your marks and see whether or not you are improving. ACHIEVABLE Are you able to achieve your goal? Are you willing to put in the time and efforts to reach your goal? If your goal is to improve your grades in Math, that would be an achievable goal as long as you put in the efforts to study and practice questions. RELEVANCE Is your goal relevant to you? Is attending a post-secondary part of your plan? Aiming to get a better grade in Math and other classes would definitely be a relevant goal to you if that’s the case! TIMELY Set a deadline! Having a realistic deadline for your goal motivates you to work towards it. However, don’t spread yourself too thin. Make sure to take into consideration your other commitments for work, volunteer, extra-curricular as well as your personal life.