Today I want to talk about goals.
But not the kind that people write down and then never look again… The type that are going to ensure your teen’s academic success this year.
Deciding on goal grades is a little known secret – something only the top echelon of studiers do.
Having a goal to work towards is an incredible motivator.
Ask any successful entrepreneur.
Your teen may not consciously think about the grades they’re actually capable of getting without being prompted by you to do so.
Without any goal grades in mind your teen’s study will lack any serious direction. The result of this of course, is them not reaching their academic potential.
Goals are targets, they give us direction.
Having goal grades to work towards can transform the efficiency of your teen’s exam study.
There’s no feeling quite like it.
Having goal grades will do more than keep your teen’s study on track during the year.
The buzz feeling they will get when they achieve their goal grades will propel them even further! It will strengthen their motivation, their self-esteem, and their positive association with school, studying, and the pay-off of hard work.
So what grades is your teen realistically capable of achieving this year?
Straight A’s? A mixture of A’s and B’s? Or would you be delighted if they simply passed everything this year?
You want to sit down with your teen and decide what grades they’re going to aim for in each subject as early as possible.
There’s little point in doing it if exams are in one week’s time…
Make sure you write them down too. This is actually more important than it may seem. Writing them down makes it official, and it makes the goal grades important, which they are.
So what if your teen set goals, did the work, but don’t manage to reach them?
If the unfortunate happens and your teen doesn’t quite reach the goals they set for themselves, it’s not the end of the world. Far from in fact.
Of course they’ll be disappointed, but this just means they care about their academic success – which is great!
You and your teen just have to think, if you didn’t set goals at all, they probably wouldn’t have got as good grades as they did!
They’ll be absolutely fine if they know you are proud of them regardless, and that the most important thing was that they tried their hardest. This is ultimately what we’re striving for after all!
If your teen consistently gives school and studying their best shot – you can call that a win for sure.
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Clare & Chris (The Study Gurus)
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