Tip #4: Goal Setting

“It is difficult to act without a clear picture of where you are going.” (Boldt 2001).

Goal setting is a process we use to define where we want to go and set up the steps it takes to get there. Goals help us get to points in our lives where we want to be. Students at Sacramento City College have both personal goals and educational goals, and they are long-term, mid-term and short-term.

Why is goal setting important?

Students benefit from realizing the need for realistic goals. They may not be able to get where they want to be fast enough, so they begin to work harder, their stress levels increase, and motivation soon decreases. For students to be successful, they should identify clear, concise, and realistic goals. Patience is important in goal setting. Not only is it important to take classes at the recommended level and not to attempt courses that require skills the student has not yet attained, but to remember “life is a marathon, not a sprint.” Plan accordingly, pace yourself, and don’t race unnecessarily to the finish.

Examples of goal setting strategies

  • Set and write the goals down
  • Look at the goals everyday
  • Identify obstacles that will hinder the achievement of the goal
  • Create an action plan to reach the goal
  • Internal links for goal setting

    SCC’s Counseling Department offers Human Career Development 110 and 310 courses which will assist with goal setting and cover many other topics that promote student success.

    The SCC Counseling Department also provides online counseling, and appointments.

    The Learning Skills and Tutoring Center at SCC offers various College Success Workshops, some that address goal setting.

  • External links for goal setting

    Study Guides and Strategies: Lecture Notes offers further help with goal setting

  • Sources:

    The Community College Experience by Amy Baldwin (Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2005).

    Cornerstone: Building on Your Best, 4th Ed., by Robert M. Sherfield, Rhonda J. Montgomery, and Patricia G. Moody (Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2005).

    Becoming a Master Student, 10th Ed., by Dave Ellis (Houghton Mifflin Company, 2003).

    Study Guides and Strategies

    Dartmouth’s Academic Skills Center