Here at Don Valley Academy, we want you to learn the skills and mindset needed to thrive in university and out in the world. After high school, you won’t have a teacher reminding you of due dates or encouraging you to keep studying. It will be your responsibility to succeed.

That’s why goal setting is a major component of what we teach. It’s also why we encourage you to set them yourself instead of accepting goals set by the teacher. We want you to assess your academic performance so far and decide what a healthy goal would be in the future. Of course, we’re always here to help brainstorm and discuss your goals with you virtually and over the phone.

Brainstorming Goals

Pause and think about your academic success so far this school year. Do you like the grades you’re getting? Do you think you could improve? Are you happy with your level of class participation, confidence in taking risks, and ability to study at home without a parent or teacher telling you to?

These are all areas that can be improved. And by setting goals in these areas, you prepare yourself to have a better post-secondary experience.

If you’re having trouble thinking of goals, reach out to your teacher or one of the other faculty members at DVA. We are passionate about helping you reach your potential and would be thrilled to discuss goal setting with you.

How to Set a Goal

The most effective way to set goals is by using the SMART goals model. These are goals that meet the following criteria:

S – Specific

M – Measurable

A – Achievable

R – Relevant

T – Time-based

Academic goals are perfect for using the SMART goals model. Let’s say you want to improve your algebra grade this semester. To make it specific, state which module or unit of algebra you want to improve your grade in.

By having a percentage grade in your goal, it becomes measurable.

Choose a grade goal that is within your reach but may require some extra focus. Your teacher can help you choose an achievable grade.

Is improving your algebra grade relevant to your overall goals and values? If you plan on getting into your dream university or college, improving your grade will help.

Your teacher can also give you the time frame to set your goal during. They can tell you when your final exam for this unit of algebra will be, thus making your goal time-based.

So, here’s an example of your new SMART goal: I will achieve 89% in the Polynomials and Rational Expressions unit of Algebra by the end of the February semester.

How We Can (Virtually) Help You Achieve Your 2021 Goals

You’re not alone in the goal-setting process. The faculty here at DVA is ready and excited to help you set goals that allow you to grow and excel. Whether you’d like to brainstorm some goals over a video call or want to ask questions about measuring your goals over the phone, we’re here for you. Contact us today with any of your goal setting questions or concerns for 2021.