For your child to achieve among all this commotion you need to help him or her focus in school. Setting goals, prioritizing tasks that assist them in achieving the goals and creating deadlines for accomplishing them are part of the process that will help your child focus in school. In this article we will concentrate on how to set goals.
— Start the process with helping your child determine what they want to do when they grow up. What excites them? What is their passion? Do they like writing? Do they have a passion to help people? Are they good with numbers? Do they love animals? Just let them dream about what they like to do. Tell them to just let their imagination soar. Believe it or not, this dreaming puts your child on the path to focus in school and help them create excellent study skills.
— Help your child set long-term goals. Help them to channel those dreams on achievements in school. For example, a middle school student can dream about being in college studying a particular curriculum. Help them determine what they want to study and what school he or she will want to attend. These goals will give your child specifics that they can concentrate on over time so they can focus in school. Moreover, focusing on specific things can also encourage them to create and improve upon their study skills.
— Help your child set intermediate goals. These goals should be achieved during one academic year. Educators suggest that you have two intermediate goals for each long-range goal. So, let’s say that your child has decided that he or she wants to be a writer and wants to attend an Ivy League college. Intermediate goals that they may want to achieve can include taking classes that assist them to develop writing skills. These classes could be English, literature and creative writing or essay writing. Prioritization and time management skills can make sure that they attend those classes during the academic year. Part two and three of this article will focus on these important study skills. Another intermediate goal could be around what your child needs to do to increase his or her chances to get accepted in that Ivy League school. There may be activities that your child should participate in. For example, they may make an intermediate goal of participating in extra curricular activities that will help them get into an Ivy League school. So the goal would be that during the year he or she will participate in those activities. Again, the student has direction to focus their effort and energy which also helps them focus in school.
— Help your child set short-term goals. The deadline for achieving these goals is one semester. Again, going back to our example, the student in middle school who wants to be a writer can set short-term goals regarding grades in classes that help them to excel in writing. Keeping an eye to their intermediate goals, the short-term goals will have them pursuing classes in English, literature, short story or creative writing and essay writing. Moreover, their intermediate goals of participating in extra curricular activities can be executed here as participating in a writing program after school. It is the short-term goals that are immediately and actually being executed by your child. These goals assist them in achieving their intermediate and long-range goals. It also helps them to focus in school. Moreover, as they concentrate on specific assignments that need to be performed, they will improve their study skills, which will make it easier for them to achieve the goals. With short term, intermediate and long term goals your child always has targets on which to focus within a defined calendar. To achieve these goals, your child learns to focus in school. Students will often improve other study skills in order to achieve specific goals that are important to them.
When creating the goals, especially the short-term goals, they need to be SMART. The goals need to be Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Relevant, and Time Bound — or SMART. Knowing and working to attain specific goals will help your child to focus in school.
So, how do you assure that the goals are SMART? Consider this:
— Goals must be specific, clear, and well defined. There should be no doubt that your child understands them thoroughly.
— Set the goals so that they can be measured. This will help you determine progress. Monitor your child’s progress. This will help them stay on target.
— When you create goals make certain that they are challenging, but not too challenging that they can’t be achieved. Consider an action plan to assist in achieving the goals.
— The goals must be realistic and relevant. You know your child. So you know what they can and cannot achieve. Set goals that they can accomplish. Moreover, make certain that the goals are relevant, that your child believes in them and is willing to make the effort to achieve them.
— Finally, make certain that goals are time bound. The deadline gives them a sense of urgency.
Creating personal long-term, intermediate and most importantly SMART short-term goals is the first steps to helping your child focus in school and life.