Updated: Oct 14, 2020
We have always been told to “aim to be the highest”, “strive for the best” and “study hard to excel”. Many of us struggle to reach that expectations, but some managed to.
Regardless of which side you are on, have you ever wondered what it is like once you have reached the “top”? So, what’s next? Do you… just move on with life?
This is the issue with setting such ambiguous study goals. Study goals that are unclear and have no direction you are actually trying to drive at, which ends up you being a lost soul that has no purpose in life.
We must learn to set specific study goals, so for example, instead of telling yourself that you will do your best to try and achieve higher grades than the previous times, you need to consider points like:
What were your grades in the past?
What grades are you aiming for now?
How much improvement are you trying to achieve in the next examinations compared to your past results?
The amount of time you are left with to hit those targets
Is it realistically possible to hit those targets with the amount of time left?
For example, if you scored a B4 in Mathematics, and you want to improve on your grades. Set to hit a B3 or even an A2 in your next examination! As to whether you want to hit a B3 or A2, consider the time you have left before the next examination.
If you are left with a month, a one grade jump to B3 would be good. However, if you are left with 2-3 months before your next examinations, work hard and aim for that A2! These targets are realistic and specific, which allows you to have a clear idea of how far off you are from your goals and monitor your progress steadily.
As fixated and determined as you must in the attempt to achieve your study goals, the methods you use to try and achieve them speaks another story for itself. When you realize that the methods you are using are not working or are yielding very limited results, do NOT be afraid to change it up! It might take some time before finding an actual effective method that suits your study style, so take good notes of how useful each and every method is for your revisions.
When planning for study goals, you are bound to meet obstacles that will get in your way, hindering your progress. It is important to note that these obstacles are to be expected, and you must find ways to curb them.
For example, you plan to have a 1-hour revision after school every day, but find that you are too tired to do so on days where you have your basketball training sessions. So, for those days, you can try to either shift back the timing of the revision, meaning that you will study after you rest, or you can try to cut down the amount of time you spend studying on those days, like instead of a 1-hour session, reduce it to a 30-minutes session.
In conclusion, it is important to know what your exact study goals are, and not to only ponder over it after you have stumbled upon a hurdle in your life. You must learn to think far with clear checkpoints you want to hit in your life, even for your endeavors and careers. Stay focused and the future you will thank you for it.
With that, Math Lobby hopes that you have gained valuable insights from this article, for any questions or inquiries, do contact Math Lobby on Facebook, Instagram or on our website itself! and as always: Work hard, stay motivated and we wish all students a successful and enjoyable journey with Math Lobby!
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