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Helping Your Child Create Goals for their Learning

Helping Your Child Create Goals for their Learning

Goal setting is imperative as it allows us to measure our progress. Goal setting is important for students, as it helps them to remain accountable for their actions, can help to build their planning and organisation skills and time management skills, all of which are attributes that are relevant to their future success.

When helping your child create goals for their learning it is important to remember that the goals must be their own. As a tutor, it is common to see students reach for learning goals that are not their own and falling short as they are not committed. Allowing your child to create their own learning goals encourages them to become more independent and reach for goals that are their own rather than what is expected of them. However, this does not mean that parents are unable to assist.

Here are ways that you can assist:

  • Help your child stay in the habit of writing goals and steps that they can take to reach these goals. Ensure that they tick these off as they achieve them and create new goals.
  • Discuss your child’s goals with them to ensure that you are all on the same page. Don’t push your expectations on your child.
  • Provide a template for your child to write their goals down. An excellent template is a table containing SMART goals. SMART goals require your child to write down a specific goal that can be measured, is attainable, is relevant, and requires them to put down a specific time to achieve this goal.
  • Encourage your child and celebrate the achievement of goals.

‘Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.’ -Tony Robbins