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Setting Goals Workshop

Setting Goals Reaching Dreams

Online Tutoring Training Workshop

The Learning Center

The University of Louisiana-Lafayette


What is a S.M.A.R.T. goal?

The goal needs to be specific.

The goal needs to be measurable.

The goal needs to be achievable.

The goal needs to be realistic.

The goal needs to have a timeline.

How do I set goals? Starting Line

Goal Setting takes:

1. time

2. energy

3. thought

4. preparation

A goal should have:

1. an action statement

2. an action plan

3. a target date (deadline)

Long- term

Graduating with a degree in Computer Science.

Entering medical school.

Teaching college.

Short- term

Meeting with a study group this weekend.

Completing a research paper next week.


Short-term goals add up to long-term goals!!

You have to plan with the big picture in mind.

Short-term and Long-term


How do I start?

State the goal as an action statement:

For example: I will understand my assigned chapters by

Specify how the action statement will be accomplished by using an action objective:

For example: I will understand my assigned chapters by reading and writing outlines

Measure the outcome in numbers

For example: I will understand my assigned chapters by reading 10 pages and writing 1 outline each night.

How can I keep myself motivated?

Lack of motivation = fear of failure or fear of change


all those factors that make people work towards a goal

different types of motivation: achievement, recognition, growth, enjoyment, etc.

Lack of motivation =

fear of failure or fear of change


Treating yourself wellgive yourself rewards

Keeping track of your accomplishments

Setting goals and stick to them

Planning ahead

How can I keep myself motivated?



What are some ingredients to Success?

A good attitude is the best start.

Know your strengths.

Set goals.

Develop positive character traits.

Master effective work skills.

Be engaged!

Keep your eyes on the prize.

8.time management

Study habits academic integrity


Self motivated


Out look

Self esteem

What are some obstacles to Success?

Not written down

Unrealistic or not specific enough

Not really believable

Not really realistic

Lack of commitment

Changes or switches with the weather

No one knows or lack of support

No rewards are given

Lack of motivation

Working too much

Living situation

Lack of motivation

Lack of commitment

Lack of support

Extracurricular activities

Poor money management

Your attitude!


In terms of Academics

How can goal setting help you academically?


Stress levels

Note taking


Time management

Listening and communication

Test preparation and test taking

Self-motivation and determination

Decreases the difficulty of passing classes

Increases skills of goal setting for after college

Positively affects other areas of life, not just academics

Decreases stress and anxiety

Increases concentration, self-confidence, performance, and overall enjoyment of college life

Leads to a quicker graduation date

College costs too much money and time to risk failure!


Roadways to Success

by James C. Williamson, Debra A. McCandrew, and Charles T. Muse, Sr., Pearson Education

Focus on College Success

by Constance Staley, Wadsworth Cengage Learning


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