College Success Tip #3
What is goal setting?
“It is difficult to act without a clear picture of
where you are going” (Boldt 2001). Goal setting is a process we use to
define where we want to go and set up the steps it takes to get there.
Goals help us get to points in our lives where we want to be. Students
at College of the Canyons have both personal goals and educational
goals, and they are long-term, mid-term and short-term.
Why is goal setting important?
Students benefit from realizing the need for
realistic goals. They may not be able to get where they want to be fast
enough, so they begin to work harder, their stress levels increase, and
motivation soon decreases. For students to be successful, they should
identify clear, concise, and realistic goals. Patience is important in
goal setting. Not only is it important to take classes at the
recommended level and not to attempt courses that require skills the
student has not yet attained, but to remember “life is a marathon, not a
sprint.” Plan accordingly, pace yourself, and don’t race unnecessarily
to the finish.
Examples of goal setting strategies
Successful goal setting can include:
Set and write the goals down
Look at the goals everyday
Identify obstacles that will hinder the achievement of the goal
Create an action plan to reach the goal
Internal links for goal setting
There are several campus resources that can help
you with goal setting.
Counseling courses 111 and 150 will assist with goal setting and
cover many other topics that promote student success. The counseling
department also provides online counseling, appointments, and online
tutorials. Visit their
website for more information.
External links for goal setting
Upcoming workshops on goal setting
Cougar Mentors in the Student Development Office
offer various workshops, some that address goal setting. For more
information call 661-362-3141 or email
firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.canyons.edu/offices/student_development/src
The Community College Experience by Amy Baldwin (Pearson/Prentice
Cornerstone: Building on Your Best, 4th Ed., by
Robert M. Sherfield, Rhonda J. Montgomery, and Patricia G. Moody
(Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2005).
Becoming a Master Student, 10th Ed., by Dave
Ellis (Houghton Mifflin Company, 2003).
Study Guides and Strategies,
Dartmouth’s Academic Skills Center, http://www.dartmouth.edu/~acskills/success/index.html.