Now that exam season is approaching, it's the perfect time to start thinking about your exam goals for this year. Because you can't get where you need to be if you don't know where you're going.
Fast forward a few months and and imagine it’s August 2018. You’ve opened your exam results and you're looking down at the page: what do you want to see?
This blog is all about how you answer that question and we’ve got some great tips and tricks to help you get those all-important exam goals in place. Let us know how you get on!
“If you don't know where you are going, you'll end up someplace else.” Yogi Berra
Hoping for the best or ‘seeing what happens’ isn’t going to cut it any more. It’s time to get more specific about your exams goals.
What even is a goal, anyway?
A goal is something you want to be or have in the future and it comes from answering two questions:
1) What do I want?
2) What’s possible?
Once you’ve answered these two questions, your goals are the area where the two overlap. Take a look at this diagram to see what we mean...
You can have a whole range of goals you want to achieve in your life but we’re going to focus on exams for now (you can use these same principles for anything though!).
So let’s dive deeper into these two questions and help you set some goals…
How do I set my goal?
To set some goals that will guide you through the coming months, grab a pen and paper and answer the simple questions below.
Remember, it doesn’t have to all be about getting a specific grade. It could be improving your marks compared to last year, getting a pass in a subject you find really tricky, or achieving the UMS you need for your university course.
2. What do I think is POSSIBLE to achieve in my exams?
Look at the above list of your WANTS and select the ones that you think are POSSIBLE.
Remember our goal Venn diagram from before? Congratulations you’ve just filled it in! Those 3 wants you’ve decided are possible are now your 3 GOALS.
Struggling to figure out what you WANT or what’s POSSIBLE?
Chat to friends, family and teachers, or spend some time thinking about it on your own. Once you’ve reflected, have a go at the lists again and see where the overlap is. For example, if you really want a B in Maths but only think a C is possible, then getting a B can still be your goal. After all, a goal is something you’re reaching for and working towards. But if you want an A* in maths and only think a C is possible, maybe look at revising your expectations so they align more closely.
Once you’ve set your goals, start working towards them! If you respond well to visuals, stick them up over your desk or keep them in your notebook to help provide that extra motivation you need.
And, don’t forget, if your revision goes well and you start getting better at certain subjects, dust off those goals and give them a refresh!