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Helping Your College Student               with Goal Setting & Action PlansEstablishing good, clear goals, however, isa di...
Helping Your College Student          with Goal Setting & Action Plans1. Your student should understand what she is trying...
Helping Your College Student             with Goal Setting & Action Plans2. Your student should havea reasonable chance of...
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Helping Your College Student             with Goal Setting & Action Plans4. The goals should be clear andspecific. Suggest...
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Helping Your College Student With Goal Setting And Action Plans

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Having clear goals will help your college student stay motivated, prioritize time and energy, manage his time, see the bigger picture of his college experience, focus on important things, and take pride and ownership in his experiences. Establishing good, clear goals, however, is a difficult task. Here are a few things to help your student think about as he considers some goals for his college experience – or perhaps just his next semester.

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Helping Your College Student With Goal Setting And Action Plans

  1. 1. Helping Your College Studentwith Goal Setting & Action Plans Don’t go to College without us….
  2. 2. Helping Your College Student with Goal Setting & Action PlansFor college students, setting goals and working toward themmay be a particularly difficult task.Some students may be very career oriented and knowexactly what they want in life, while others are undecidedabout their major and have not yet found their direction.Yet even those students with clear long-term goals may havedifficulty defining the shorter term goals that motivate themon a daily basis.Even more perplexing for many students is the task ofseparating goals from the action plans needed to reachthose goals.
  3. 3. Helping Your College Student with Goal Setting & Action PlansEstablishing good, clear goals, however, isa difficult task. It requires clarity of thinkingand often a great deal of self-reflection.You may need to help your college student think about andidentify his goals. Here are a few things to help your studentthink about as he considers some goals for his collegeexperience – or perhaps just his next semester.
  4. 4. Helping Your College Student with Goal Setting & Action Plans1. Your student should understand what she is trying toaccomplish with her goal. What is the desiredoutcome? Is there something that she can do tomake it happen?
  5. 5. Helping Your College Student with Goal Setting & Action Plans2. Your student should havea reasonable chance ofachieving her goal. It may bea long-term goal that willmotivate her for many years,but there should be a sensethat she will be able toaccomplish it. Perhaps a verylong-term goal could bebroken down into severalshort-term goals that will helpher move toward the largergoal.
  6. 6. Helping Your College Student with Goal Setting & Action Plans 3. The goals must be relevant for your student’s values, interests and abilities.Remember that these are your student’s goals, not your goalsfor your student. You may or may not agree with your student’schoices, but she must take ownership of them.
  7. 7. Helping Your College Student with Goal Setting & Action Plans4. The goals should be clear andspecific. Suggest that your studentwrite down his goals and makethem concrete. “Receive at leasta B in all of my classes this term”works better than “Get goodgrades.”
  8. 8. Helping Your College Studentwith Goal Setting & Action Plans 5. The goals should be reasonable and attainable. If the goals are too lofty, your student will lose motivation. Suggest goals that might take a stretch, but are achievable. Then goals can be modified or new goals set.
  9. 9. Helping Your College Student with Goal Setting & Action Plans Flickr: FL4Y6. Goals should be stated positively to help yourstudent feel energized and excited about workingtoward them. “Stop wasting time” is not a veryinspiring goal, but “Plan my time carefully eachweek” feels more positive.
  10. 10. Helping Your College Student with Goal Setting & Action Plans7. Your student mightneed to identify theobstacles to thegoals and makeplans to overcomethose obstacles.8. Your student maywant to share hisgoals with someonewho could be a“goal buddy” andprovideencouragement andaccountability.
  11. 11. Helping Your College Student with Goal Setting & Action PlansDefining achievable goals and creating action plans forachieving those goals will help your student feel more incontrol of his college experience. Goals may be broadand far reaching, or they may be short term and specific.Action plans help the student move toward his goals. Asa college parent, you can help your student understandthe importance of establishing the goals anddistinguishing between goals and actions.As always, however, it is important that you then step outof the way and let your student take ownership, andresponsibility, for his progress toward his goals.Article brought to you by Vicki Nelson. Read the complete article here.
  12. 12. You have questions, we have answers! College Parents of America and get more tips and advice on: What is my role as a college parent; How should I communicate with my college student; How to avoid becoming a helicopter parent; and Much More…For more information, please contact us the following ways: www.CollegeParents.org 888-761-6702

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