One proven approach to goal setting is to make your goals SMART.
S - Specific
M - Measurable
A - Achievable
R - Realistic
T - Time-bound
Helpful Hints for setting SMART goals:
• Remember that goals are always evolving and changing.
• Writing your goals down gives them more power and strength.
• Be precise with your goals.
• Surround yourself with positive and supportive people who will help you to stay on track.
"I approach everything step by step....I had always set short-term goals. As I look back, each one of the steps or successes led to the next one. When I got cut from the varsity team as a sophomore in high school, I learned something. I knew I never wanted to feel that bad again...I knew exactly where I wanted to go, and I focused on getting there. As I reached those goals, they built on one another. I gained a little confidence every time I came through."
1. Find a quiet, well lit place to study that is free from distractions (cell phone, television, non-studying friends).
2. Choose a comfortable place to study -- but not SO comfortable that you get sleepy!
3. Find the time of day that works best for you and make that your regular study time, if possible.
4. Form a habit of reading over each day's notes while they are fresh.
5. Bribe yourself! Upon reaching your goals, reward yourself with something fun.
6. Take frequent short breaks -- like taking a walk to energize yourself.
7. Alternate between studying alone and with a group. Working alone can be good for mastering concepts and information, while working with a group is a great way to test for true understanding.