Set Goals for School Success
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Having goals is important in everyday life — it helps give a sense of direction and purpose, and it sets bars by which we can navigate almost everything that we do. But nowhere is goal-setting more important than in school.
Setting academic goals can be challenging for students — most students merely exist from day to day, from test to test, from project to project without much thought to where they are going or where they currently are. This is not surprising as skills such as time management, organization, and goal setting are not taught in schools.
“Students usually just tread water. Setting goals helps them to see a bigger picture and set a target to aim for, which gives them an advantage over students who are simply staying afloat,” says Janet Klassen, Centre Director of Oxford Learning Regina.
That’s why students need programs such as those offered at Oxford Learning. Students not only get the support they need in the day-to-day of school such as homework assistance, but they also develop key goal setting skills which help them make smarter and more well-informed decisions about school.
To set goals, students need to take a look at their current academic standing. Usually, there is one area that could use special attention, such as science, math or completing homework. Before students begin setting goals, they should become familiar with Oxford Learning’s CAM Rule for setting Goals.
Oxford Learning’s CAM rule for setting goals: Goals need to be Clear, Achievable and Measurable. Here’s how students can apply the CAM rule.
- Clear. Make specific goals that are not too broad in scope. The goal shouldn’t be “improve my science grade,” but “I want to understand the periodic table of elements and mitosis.”
- Achievable. Keep goals realistic. A C-minus student has a better chance of getting a C-plus on the next test than an A.
- Measurable. By setting a goal that has benchmarks, you can track success. Last week Tim only knew three periodic elements; this week he knows 10!
The CAM method for setting goals makes academic resolutions easy to keep. Students won’t get discouraged and abandon their resolutions because they can track their progress, no matter how minor the achievement is.
For 25 years Oxford Learning has been helping students reach their academic potential with uniquely developed programs that make a real difference in the way that children approach their learning. With Oxford Learning, better grades are just the beginning. Call Janet Klassen at Oxford Learning Regina today to get your child started on the road to better grades now.