In a previous Winning Futures session, we asked our students to write personal vision statements for their future. In this session, they will begin to set academic goals that will help make their visions come true. When we teach teens how to set and achieve goals and how to apply these principles to their school work, they learn how to take ownership of their education and their future.
Some highlights from this session include:
· Students will discuss the benefits of setting goals and learn the difference between short-term and long-term goals.
· Students will be trained on how to set specific, measurable goals.
· Students will forecast potential challenges/obstacles (personal, academic and social) and develop action steps to overcome them.
· Students will identify basic study skills and resources needed to be successful in school.
An important step for students to take in reaching their academic goal is learning and understanding study skills. Study skills are learning strategies that help students organize, process and use information effectively so they can accomplish their goals. These skills are important, not just for academic learning, but also for everyday life. They can help individuals become organized and successful lifelong learners and help manage their jobs, households and finances.
In our Introduction to Goal Setting session, we take 15 minutes at the top of the class to play a game called “Give and Take.” This is a study skills game that will offer ideas and suggestions to support students with their upcoming second semester classes. After the game, students will then complete their workbook assignment. This is a reflection page on how things went last semester and a chance for them to forecast academic areas in which they can improve.
Identifying obstacles will help to prepare students for the academic goal we will be setting. The accompanying workbook page can be done verbally in a “Round Robin” fashion, or mentors can have students fill in the workbook page and discuss. Before we set our academic goals, we want to identify obstacles that may prevent them from reaching these goals. It is important that the students consider potential road blocks and potential ways around them.