Goal Setting Guides For a Successful Academic Session

As it is often said, when we fail to plan, we have out rightly planned to fail. This applies to every aspect of life and as a student, if you don’t plan your academic outcome right from the beginning of the session, you will accept anything that come by but planning how you want your academic year to go is the beginning of success.

If you are yet to have a definite road map you plan to follow this session to achieve your desired goal, then failure and average performance is not far but the good news is that it is not yet late to begin.

Here are tips to guide you as you set your academic goals for this session


Your academic goal should be specific and not general.  For example if you want to improve their math skills, don’t merely say “I want to do better in math” but instead you should set a specific goal like: “I will improve my test scores from a C average to a B average” or “I would like to receive a final grade of at least a B.” With a specific goal in view, you will motivate to put in the effort needed to make it work.


Setting goals can be a bit tricky because often times learning is hard to measure.  It is important for you to see your progress. Thanks to my NTIC, a mobile application that helps students and parents track real-time academic performance as the term progresses. With that, you can measure your goals and determine whether or not your goal has been met. 

For example, if you set a goal to read thirty minutes every day, you can measure your progress by documenting it on a chart so that you can see your progress on a daily basis.


Choose goals that are challenging but attainable within the time frame given.  Perhaps one of the reasons that people give up on their New Year’s resolutions is because they set goals that are unattainable, and so they get discouraged when the goal is not met. Your goals should challenge and motivate you. For example, one of your goals may be to win a gold medal at an Olympiad this session. Such goal such challenges you to take your science subjects serious.


As much as you should set goals that are challenging, make it something realistic. For example, if you are in JSS 1, you have no business setting a goal to make all As in WAEC when you have 5 five ahead of you to that. One of the ways that goal setting is beneficial is for you to be able to see some results, which means that their goals should be realistic.  You should be able to clearly state whether or not you achieved your goals by the appointed time, which is end of school year. 


An important part of goal setting for you is to set goals that have a deadline.  This will give you incentive to get started on your goal in order for it to be accomplished by a certain time.  If there is no designated end date for a goal you may never even get started on your goals.

Beginning of school year like this is the best time to set goals that are specific, measurable, challenging, realistic and time bound.

Written by Rita Abiodun

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