Back to school: setting goals

The start of a new school year is the perfect time for students to consider what they want to achieve and how they will get there. Setting clear goals can help students stay motivated and focused on what they want to accomplish.

Here are some strategies students can keep in mind when setting goals for a new school year.

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1. Think about what motivates you.

Reflecting on what motivates you is a great first step. Identifying the various extrinsic and intrinsic factors that cause you to take action will help you understand what matters to you, the goals you want to strive for, and the best ways to motivate yourself to accomplish those goals.

2. Set long-term goals and short-term goals.

It’s important to think about what you want to accomplish in the long term—both academically and personally—as well as the short-term goals that will help you get there. For example, if a student’s long-term goal is to get into a specific university, her short-term goals may include getting an A on her next math test and turning in all English papers on time this semester.

3. Make sure your goals are clear and reachable.

If your goals are specific and realistic, you are more likely to accomplish them. Goals that are vague or feel impossible can lead to a lack of focus and motivation. Your goals should answer the questions “how?” and “when?”

ArborBridge tutors are trained to guide students through the goal-setting process in a way that builds students' confidence and helps students stay on top of their academic and other commitments. To learn more, reach out to us here.

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About ArborBridge

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Erin Ohsie-Frauenhofer

About Erin Ohsie-Frauenhofer

As one of the highest-performing tutors in ArborBridge’s history, Erin coaches tutors and develops tools and trainings to disrupt old habits and empower new strengths. With a Master of Arts in Teaching from Brown University, Erin worked as a classroom teacher and student services director prior to joining ArborBridge in 2017. Her decade of success as an educator has prepared her to ensure that programs are tailored to individual students’ needs.

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