Educational Goals

Educational Goals are Keys to Higher Grades and Better Learning

I feel very adventurous. There are so many doors to be opened and I’m not afraid to look behind them.
— Elizabeth Taylor

There is an amazing number of inspirational quotes involving doors. It is the idea image for educational goals. For these goals open doors to the future.

Educational Goals open the door to your furute. Here, Four doors open, one after the other, revealing a beautiful sceneThese beautiful doors open first to one room, then another, and finally to the outside world, with a rising sun – a new day.

The meaning is clear. To reach your goal – the rising sun – a new day in your life, you must work hard, earing entrance to the next room and the one after than, and finally the outside and the sun.

To me, this is a symbol of Educational Goals. You worked hard to get to this room, to get into college. The next room might symbolize graduate school. And the third room might be experience in your field. At long last, you do reach that lifetime goal.

Ideas can be life-changing. Sometimes all you need to open the door is just one good idea.  —   Jim Rohn

If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.  
—  Milton Berle

 Educational goals should help you reach your lifetime goals.

If you haven’t first made lifetime goals, you need to begin there. Until you have at least a general idea about what you want your life to be like, you have no basis for setting educational goals.

1.High Grades

If your goals include going to medical school or other highly selective graduate study, you probably need to focus on your grades. You need to make all A’s or something very close to this. Often, even straight A’s won’t guarantee admission. These A’s should be in the most relevant and challenging classes.

You might also find it helpful to do an internship in the field, preferably with someone whose recommendation will be respected. You might also spend summers doing volunteer work in the field.

For other students, your goal might be to make a B average, allowing you to get the education you want and a more balanced college experience.

2. Leaderships Skills

If your goal is gaining a position of leadership,  you might begin with a goal of leadership in a campus organization.  Perhaps you want to be a business leader, a school principal, or a politician. The best time to learn about leadership is now.  You might also begin to develop of network of people who can advise and help each other in the future.

3. Valuable Skills

If your future goal include the need for excellent writing, computer or public speaking skills, begin working on these now. And whether you believe it or not, nearly everyone will profit from having excellent writing, computer and speaking skills.

If you want to be an author, a journalist, an artist or singer or musician, you need to develop those skills in college. If you want to be an actor, then act. Your success on the stage will be more important than your grades in history or math.

3. Relevant Knowledge

If your goal is to start a business, you might plan to take classes i areas that will help you develop the necessary skills. You might also start a small business while you are in school or get a job  or internship in the kind of business you are considering.

If your goal is to be a teacher what you learn about teaching and about children will be more helpful than the grades you make. You might also volunteer in a school or work as a camp counselor to get relevant experience. I learned a lot about teaching by taking notes in the margins of my notebooks about good methods my teachers used. When their methods were poor, I made notes about what I’d have done differently. I learned more from this than from my educations classes.

4. Strong  Friendships.

If one of your goals is to develop strong and lasting friendships, begin by listing qualities that you want in your friends. You might avoid students whose main goal is partying or those experimenting with alcohol, drugs, or poor behavior. It is better to make a few friends who will help you improve, rather than joining a group who will do their best to pull you down to their level.  Joining organizations where you will meet people of similar interest is fun, but can also help you meet your goals.

5. Strengthen Family Ties

You should also consider a goal related to your relationships with your family and old friends. How often will you visit your family, send a letter or card, email, phone or Skype them?  You do not want your family to complain that the only time you call home is to ask for money.

6. A Good Well-Balanced Education

An excellent education means different things to different students. It might include exploring a wide number of areas. It might mean learning a great deal in the area of your greatest interest, which might or might not be your major. Many students, once they graduate and begin to work will say they wish they had learned more…… while they were in college. You can take classes, audit or sit in other classes, or do research on your own to learn what you need.

Being an Independent Learner in college prepares you to be a Lifelong learner.

In each of these area, you could WRITE your goals. The goals should be specific rather than general. They should also be both challenging and realistic.

There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in.
.       —  Graham Greene

Once you have selected goals and written them clearly, you need to develop plant to reach these goals. You might look at  Short-term Goals and then at Study Plans.

The other special area of goals is  Personal Goals

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