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Setting Goals and Objectives

Setting Objectives

Overview

Before you can create any type of plan for spending you time, you first need to write down your goals.  It is good practice to list your overall goal for attending University and then set goals for each year or even semester afterwords. For example:

My Overall Goal for attending University (2012 - 2015)

  • Graduate from University with a  2:1 Classification in my chosen degree.  

My Goal for my first/second/third year of University

  • Complete all my modules successful and achieve a pass rate average of 55.

Once you know what your goals are, you then need a path to follow to achieve your goals. This is when you set your objectives. You objectives can be set for a complete Academic Year, a Semester on even on a monthly basis - it is entirely up to you. The only thing you need to remember is to make your objectives SMART: 

Specific
Measurable
Achievable
Realistic
Time Based
 

SMART objectives will mean that you are more likely to succeed. Being 'specific' with your objectives will mean that your objectives have some meaning and focus. If your objectives are 'measurable' then you will be able to know if you have achieved your objective. There is no point in setting objectives that are beyond your reach, therefore you need to ensure your objectives are 'achievable' but also 'realistic'. Setting an objective like "I will get 100% in all my exams this semester" will be extremely difficult to achieve and is not very realistic! Whereas if you have an objective like "I will aim to pass all my exams with an average of 60% this semester"  - this may be more achievable and realistic for you. Finally, you need to ensure that there is a time frame on your objectives, otherwise you may achieve your objective if you have no set time to complete it!

Contents

1. General Time Management

2. Weekly Planning

3. Prioritising Activities

4. Setting Goals and Objectives

5. Pomodoro Technique

6. Web Resources