The Importance of Setting Goals as a Student

Want to play a more active role in your success? Well have a look at the importance of setting goals as a student. This practice will teach you to be dedicated and motivated.

Ever heard the saying “if you fail to plan, you’re planning to fail”? Well this couldn’t be truer for your studies. Let’s explore the importance of setting goals as a student. See how you can create a path for success by planning a route from where you are, to where you want to be.

The Importance of Setting Goals as a Student

Wondering about the importance of setting goals as a student? This is an important skill that will keep you accountable for your actions, as well as give you the confidence to go after lifetime goals. You can’t go wrong with having a plan of action. If you need more convincing, take a look at some more reasons below:

  • Increases motivation
  • Helps with time management
  • Teaches you organisation skills
  • Creates a path to success
  • Measures your progress
  • Boosts confidence

Increases Motivation

Being a student is not easy. Those endless assignments and exams can end up being really overwhelming. So short-term goals are especially important for increasing motivation. This is because the rush you get from achieving shorter goals will keep you determined to accomplish the long term ones. 

Helps With Time Management

Time management is a struggle for every student, but especially for those who work full-time and have other responsibilities. Setting goals helps you prioritise your tasks and reduce procrastination, so you can spend time focusing on the right things. 

Girl holding out her work that had her goals on it. The Importance of Setting Goals as a Student

Teaches you Organisation Skills

Setting goals involves a fair bit of planning on your side. It is important to know exactly when you need to do what. This also links with what we said about time management. The student who is good at organising but bad with time management simply doesn’t exist. So why not set goals and perfect two skills at once? 

Creates a Path to Success

When you set goals, you can clearly see which steps need to be taken in order to reach them. This is because you’ll be able to complete assignments according to their levels of importance. Doing so prevents you from trying many different tasks that don’t really have a purpose. You’ll become more aware of your actions and see which behaviours will delay your success. 

Measures Your Progress

Setting goals as a student is great because it leads to you evaluating your current performance. You’ll be able to track your progress and see which areas you are doing well in and which ones you can improve upon. For example, if you’re a matric learner and your goal is to achieve three distinctions, you can see which subjects you’re not doing well in and work on them. 

Boosts Confidence

Studying a course for years can make it difficult to have confidence in your abilities. But when you see yourself making progress, it can help you have more faith in yourself. So go ahead and set small goals and watch your self-esteem increase as you reach them. It will also set you up for success in your future career because there’ll be less anxiety attached to having more ambitious goals.

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Last Updated: May 12, 2022

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Tamsyn Gallie
Tamsyn Gallie
Tamsyn Gallie is a Junior Content Writer at Skills Academy. Her aim is to create content that is well-researched, educational and engaging. In her spare time, she enjoys writing, baking and anything that allows her to be creative. She is passionate about lifelong learning and believes it’s never too late to learn something new.

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