Most people understand that goals are important, but did you know that written goals are about 40% more likely to be achieved and those goals which are both written and discussed with a friend have a success rate of 76%. This is from a recent study by Psychology professor Dr. Gail Matthews (http://www.dominican.edu/dominicannews/study-backs-up-strategies-for-achieving-goals).
For the Christian homeschooling parent, this is exciting information. Someone who has put in the love and work it takes into successfully educating their child whether via standard written curriculum or the more modern online homeschooling method wants to believe that the work that they and their students have put into that education will be profitable and successful. To this end, writing goals seems a clear choice in that it will make attaining those goals more likely.
What does a helpful written goal look like? It looks S.M.A.R.T.
- Specific goals, rather than vague goals are more achievable, such as â€œI want to make good gradesâ€ versus â€œI want to get 100% on my math test Tuesday.â€
- Measurable goals are those that can be measured through a metric such; date, grade, or certain amount of something.
- The A in the acronym can mean â€œattainableâ€, or â€œaction-oriented. Both are valuable in helping you reach your outcome. Action oriented is obvious â€œI will choose the appropriate online homeschooling site for my student.â€ An attainable statement means that the goal is within.
- R is for realistic or relevant, meaning â€œis this goal truly attainable given my circumstances and does this goal make sense in the plan I have for my lifeâ€. Each person much choose which will be more helpful to their situation.
- T stands for time, timely, time-bound, or time sensitive. All mean the same thing basically; you put a date on your goal to make it concrete and give yourself some motivation.
Whether you are creating objective goals for education, or you and your student are creating some personal goals, using the SMART system is sure to help you reach those goals more effectively.