Target Setting For Secondary Students

Target Setting For Secondary Students


Setting target is a standard practice in almost every facet of life. Organisations, athletes, governments and everybody else set a goal to help them realise a specific objective in what they do. As it is an instrument for every person, setting target is critical for students. Indeed, especially at the secondary school level.

However, most students don’t understand why target setting is essential in their learning. Also, they do not know how to set achievable and worthwhile targets. Of course, the goal of every student is to attain good grades in their exams as well as to attain personal development through the learning process. Indeed, this also makes the primary objective for every teacher.

As a teacher, you have a massive role in helping your students. You must help in setting realistic and smart targets based on their capabilities and potential. There are many approaches and resources available that you can use to train your students to aim at the right targets throughout their learning cycle and life after school. Here are some approaches that have been proven to help in holistic personal development in students:

Goal Setting Activity

Goal setting process challenges the students to think of their preferred career, what they fancy accomplishing, and where they want to be in a given period. Understanding what they want to become helps them to decide which areas they need to concentrate on or improve. Goal setting is a continuous process which can have two different viewpoints;

Long-term goals – These stipulate the primary objectives, for instance, to score an ‘A’ in Mathematics in the final exam.

Short-term goals – These should be milestones towards achieving the long-term goals. For example, to complete 2 Algebra quiz in the next one month.

Setting Effective Goals

Specific Goals – Goals should be stated with particular timelines, precise quantity or achievement so that the students can measure their goals and be satisfied with the performance. Indeed, the goal also needs to be achievable within the timelines and stated positively.

Control and Prioritising – Once the students set their goals, it is critical to list them in order of priority to avoid any conflicts and overload. This will help them in focusing on the essential tasks. It is imperative to set goals that are within your control to prevent frustrations when you fail to achieve goals that are beyond your control.

Being Honest With Oneself – Before setting goals, students need to acknowledge their weakness and set their target to improve on their weaknesses. As the teacher, you can guide your students by highlighting their weak areas and setting goals that will address their deficiencies.

Goals Assessment – You should guide your students on how to measure their goals and assess what they did correct or incorrect in the process of achieving their set goals.

Reviewing – Goal setting is a continuous process. Students should assess their goals regularly and make the necessary adjustments.

Long story short, useful target setting will help students to achieve the followings;

  • Improve academic performance.
  • Enhance motivation.
  • Take pride in their achievement.
  • Gain self-confidence.

Hence, it is essential to encourage students to incorporate useful target settings in their lives. It will help them stay focus and achieve a lot more. It gives them a structure and helps them make wise use of their time.

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