2. Set a SMART learning goal

Are you someone who sets too many goals?
Are you pursuing wrong goals?

In this activity we’ll talk about setting goals that are:

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Achievable
  • Relevant, Realistic
  • Time-bound

S.M.A.R.T. is an acronym that describes characteristics of a good goal.

Step 1

Below you’ll see two videos. Both explain what SMART goals are and how to set them. The 1st video has been made specifically for students; the 2nd video adds some important information about the dynamic nature of goals and the necessity for Action/Evaluation/Revision. Learn more by watching both videos. Take notes as you watch them to help your memory to retain new information.

Step 2

Do a quiz to check your understanding of S.M.A.R.T. goals. Scroll down the page.

Step 3

  1. Set a S.M.A.R.T. goal for this course. Think about a skill or knowledge that you can achieve in the next 4 weeks.
  2. Set your goals for learning English for the next 6 months. Think about:
  • what you can realistically do within this time frame
  • how you will know you attained your goals

Make sure you follow the S.M.A.R.T. formula. Share your goals on the discussion forum below. Respond to some other classmates by commenting on their goals in a positive, encouraging way.


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