It’s a new year— and, likely, a new semester for your high schooler. This means dusting off those books that may have gained dust over the holiday break and getting ready to head back to the halls of academia.
Perhaps your student is coming off a great semester and just needs to gear up for another equally great one. Maybe there are some changes that need to be made to usher in greater successes in 2019. No matter what mind set is necessary for the new term, solid goal setting at the onset is is a major predictor of tangible, achievable outcomes.
And what’s more, arming your young adult with the ability to make and set goals is a lifelong skill that will help notate success far beyond the walls of their high school.
Understandably, the task of instilling self-driven goal setting in your youngster can be daunting. The team at Keene Academy is here to help your student with customized tutoring and study skills options. But we understand that progress begins at home.
Here are a few tips for instilling goal setting in your student at home.
Distinguish “I wish,” from “I want”
This first tip is a good way to kick off the new year, especially from a perspective of “past,” versus “present.” Perhaps your child wishes they would have made the dean’s list last semester. This is in the past, and can’t be changed now. The desire, or “want” to make the same list in the coming semester is in the present, and therefore, something that can be worked on now, and seen through to the finish with solid goal setting in mind.
This take on goal setting can help turn disappointments into achievements by using missteps or mishaps and turning them into positives. If your student hadn’t felt the sting of not making that elusive list last semester, they may not want it as badly— or work for it as hard— this time.
Small steps can reap huge rewards
One reason goal setting can seem so daunting is that the end result might feel very out of reach and therefore elusive. If a goal seems out of reach, step back and take smaller steps.
Sure, “getting on the dean’s list this semester” can seem elusive, so break it down. Are there specific courses where grades could improve? Perhaps setting a smaller goal of “earn a B+ in Algebra this semester” is a better place to start.
What do you need to get that grade up? You can work with a tutoring service such as the Keene Academy and take advantage of any supplemental homework help offered by the teacher.
Keep breaking a goal down as small as you need to until it seems tangible and not untouchable.
As a parent, you no doubt could write a list of goals you’d like your youngster to achieve. But those are your goals for them, not their own.
Use the first two steps of thinking of the present and starting small to jump start a discussion with your student about what they want for their academics this year. Use encouraging words and confidence-building rhetoric to allow them to feel ready, able, and willing to get where they need to be in 2019.
And at Keene Academy, we’re here to help you and your student get to where you both want to be in the new year. Our top notch team is here, helping parents and students stay on the track to academic success through our specialized tutoring and test prep programs.
What about you?
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