Setting Study Goals

Let’s be honest, how many of us have written down our life goals? Not surprisingly, most of us have not. There was a study conducted during the 1979 Harvard MBA program where graduate students were asked “Have you set clear, written goals for your future and made plans to accomplish them?”  The result- only 3% had written goals and plans, 13% had goals but they didn’t write them down and 84% had no goals at all. After 10 years, the same group was interviewed again and the result was shocking.

The 13% of the class who had goals, but didn’t write them down, was earning twice the amount of the 84% who had no goals. The 3% who had written goals were earning, on average, ten times as much as the other 97% of the class combined!

Although this research only focuses on earnings to quantify success, it is still an extremely motivating example of why creating clear goals and writing them down is a major key to success. Are you now feeling motivated to write down your study goals? Here are 3 steps to creating clear and measurable goals that will lead you to huge success.

1)      Create a Vision

What is your dream school? If you want to enter into that school, what should your PSLE score or grades be? Be clear and specific in your goal-setting. Know what you want to achieve before you start studying. Don’t be disheartened if it seems too difficult to enter into your dream school. This is why goal-setting is crucial and this brings us to the next step…

2)      Set Realistic Benchmarks

Most goals are achieved over small achievements or successes. Firstly, break your goals into small actionable steps and assign realistic time frames to each of them. It is no use in trying to cram too much information or revising too many topics on a day; this will lead to unnecessary stress and cause disappointment. You should practice and review manageable number of topics every day. You may set aside more time to revise a more challenging topic and lesser time to revise a topic which you are familiar or good at.

As the saying goes, Rome wasn’t built in a day. We shouldn’t expect to accomplish something or achieve success immediately. By setting small study goals, this makes it much easier for us to achieve our final goal.

3)      Celebrate Your Success

Do not forget to celebrate your success when you have accomplished your benchmarks! Have a small celebration, and continue to study. Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day in and day out, so continue to study hard, and you will reach your final study goal eventually. If you can dream it, you can do it!


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