Setting Academic Goals for the Second Semester

The second semester can feel like a countdown to summer, so it can be more challenging to set academic goals than it is at the start of the school year. However, setting goals is a great way to avoid second-semester burnout and get the most from a college prep school curriculum. Use these tips to get your goals ready for the second half of the school year.

Create Action-Oriented Goals

One good way to create meaningful goals is to make sure they are centered around taking action. Start your goals with a verb that says exactly what you’re going to do, instead of phrasing things passively. For example, if you want to get over a habit of waiting until the last minute to study, your goal might be, “review my notes for 15 minutes each night.” By setting yourself up with a clear action to accomplish, it will be easier to motivate yourself to do it.

Identify Your Potential Roadblocks

Everyone has issues that can stand in the way of their goals. By anticipating some of the problems you may face, you can make plans to tackle the issues before they sideline you. If your phone distracts you from your homework, let your friends know that you will be putting it in a drawer on silent for two hours per night. If you want to take part in a study group but don’t have transportation, secure a ride in advance. Preventing problems before they occur makes it easier to stay on track.

Know How to Assess Your Progress

Regular assessments are important for keeping up with your goals. Decide in advance how you will assess your goals. You may decide to create a timelines with several mini-goals along the way to your overall goal and assess yourself based on your ability to meet those deadlines, for example. Don’t be afraid to make adjustments to your plans if it seems like your goal may not be relevant or attainable.

At The Quarry Lane School, students in our private, college prep school in Dublin and Pleasanton, CA have the full support of our faculty and staff as they develop personalized academic goals designed to help them reach their full potential. Let us answer your questions about our college preparatory school today by contacting us at (925) 829-8000.


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