Five Tips to Setting New Year Goals with Your Scholar

With the new year in full swing, there’s no time like the present to show your scholar how to set

new year goals. Learning the importance of setting and achieving goals early in life is a skill that

will follow scholars for years to come.


1. Help Your Scholar Define What a Goal Is

A goal is defined as “the object of a person's ambition or effort; an aim or desired result.”

In order to demonstrate goal setting a should understand the definition of the word

“goal.” It’s a great idea to break down the meaning in a way that is easy for them to

comprehend and remember. Try relating it to their favorite sport or pastime.


2. Help Your Scholar Understand Why Goal Setting Is Important

What is the purpose of setting a goal and why does it matter if a person sets them or not?

Those are key questions that should be explained and discussed with your student as you

maneuver through the goal setting process. It’s also helpful to explain to your scholar the

benefits of setting goals. Those benefits include:

  • Learning how to effectively use their time

  • Understanding how to make clear and concise decisions

  • Learning how to focus on specifics

  • Learning the feeling of personal satisfaction

  • Gaining a sense of independence

Setting and achieving goals should not feel like a chore or punishment so explaining the

importance and need for them will help your scholar become more excited about setting

them and working towards the outcome.


3. Create SMART Goals

SMART is an acronym used for goal setting and means:

  • Specific Help your scholar determine exactly what their goal is by clarifying the who, what, when, why and how of the goal.

  • Measurable In order to gauge progress or completion, there needs to be a timeline with dates and action items created to help your scholar stay on top of their goals.

  • Attainable To ensure that your scholar sets goals that are achievable, help them choose goals are actually attainable and make sense to their personal and professional growth.

  • Realistic/Relevant The goals your scholar set should also relate to their current progress in school and how they can currently benefit from the goal.

  • Timely It’s important for goals to be achieved by the end of the school year, unless there are specifics that need to go into the summer.


4. Create a Reward System

As your scholar achieves steps towards completing their goal, a reward system should be

developed to celebrate. He or she may feel more encouraged and excited about

continuing the steps towards the ultimate goal when they are rewarded for the work to get

there as well. Maybe the smaller rewards are related to the larger reward, building

momentum for your scholar.


5. Time to Celebrate

Congrats! Your scholar has achieved their goal or goals! Take the time to celebrate them

and their achievements. Remind them how excited you are for them and how hard work

and dedication can help them achieve their dreams.

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