Much like New Year resolutions in January, September is the month for students to set their academic resolutions. “I am going to keep up with my readings”, “I am going to attend every class”, or “I am going to get straight ‘A’s”. However, at the end of the semester, I almost always get students asking in some variation, “Why do I achieve some goals, but not others?”.
Take out a pen and a piece of paper. Draw three columns on your piece of paper. At the top of each column, I want you to write one academic goal you are setting this year.
Here are the 4 steps we are going to follow:
- Identify the values behind your goals
- Stop fantasizing about the goal
- Identify the approach or strategy you need
- Commit to this approach