Make a list of the study goals you would like to achieve. Use the following SMART checklist for each of your goals:

S - Is the goal specific?

Specific is the what, why and how of the SMART model.

  • What are you going to do? Use action words such as direct, organise, coordinate, lead, develop, plan, build, achieve, etc.
  • Why is this important to do at this time? What do you want to ultimately accomplish?
  • How are you going to do it and by when?

M - Is the goal measurable?

If you are not able to measure it, how do you know when you have achieved it? Set a specific time and level of achievement for your goal.

A - Is the goal attainable?

To be attainable a goal must be realistic. It must be something you are both willing and able to achieve. Remember, small steps in the short term can lead to big steps in the long term.

R - Is the goal relevant?

Is this goal important to you at this time? Will achieving it help you achieve other goals in the future? Will achieving this goal be rewarding to you?

T - Is the goal timely?

Putting an end point on your goal gives you a clear target to work towards. Without a time limit, there is no urgency to start taking action now.

This item is based on information obtained from the Goal-setting Guide website at, the top achievement website at and the Mind Tools website at

Mr Chris Campbell - Assistant Principal - Curriculum