The Importance Of Short-Term Goals

The Importance Of Short-Term Goals

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Recently I have realized the importance and significance of short term goals. Short term goals are as detrimental to success as long term goals are. I view them as little markers that I must hit in order to reach my long term goals. Setting short term goals helps one keep their focus and in doing so organizes their road to success.

Focus is what people lose first when trying to accomplish a goal, thus making short-term goals so important. In correlation to that, for optimal progress, it is good to set little incentives to go along with your short term goals. It is basically just rewarding yourself for accomplishing these little goals.

I, myself, set short term goals and incentivize them so that I get things done faster. For example, whenever I need to get a good grade on an essay I would tell myself that if I get an A, then I will reward myself with a nice evening out with my friends.

This method is not for everyone. Only those who have the drive to accomplish their goals and have the self discipline to put this into use will execute this method.

There's really not any bad that can come out of setting short term goals. It can help one in any field of life whether your goals are academically, financially, and/or physically.

I use to dramatically put this method into affect when I was backed up on a lot of homework so my incentive was that I would let myself eat if finished all my homework. So I would literally not eat until I got done what I had to. I know it is a bit extreme but trust me, it i extremely effective.

Furthermore, I can guarantee that the employment of short term goals are beneficial and only beneficial when striving to accomplish something.

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Finals Week As Told By Schmidt

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Finals week is finally upon us. The time every college student has dreaded all semester and there is no avoiding it. Let the stress, tears, and sleepless nights commence. Here's Finals Week as Told by Schmidt.

1. When you walk into the library and see that there are no more spots available because every freshman decided to start using the library now.

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2. You run into someone from your class and they ask you how prepared you are for the final.

3. Your first meltdown begins...

4. And then you get a call from your parents asking you why you've been so on edge lately

5. When you're three coffees deep at 2AM and believe everything will be okay even though you still haven't studied.

6. The day has arrived and it's time to take your first final so you give yourself a quick pep talk.

7. When you are the first one to finish the final early because you didn't study.

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8. Trying to pack while studying.

9. And then you start wishing you didn't wait until the last minute to pack because now there is no way your stuff will fit into your car.

10. When you get your first grade back.

11. And you have to tell your parents how you did in the class.

12. When all of your roommates are done with their finals and you still have one left.

13. But then your time has finally come and you have finished your last final as well.

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What To Expect For Big Lecture Classes

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I’m about to finish my first year of college once spring quarter is over, and I’ve already been able to experience classes of many sizes, ranging from 13 students to a little under 500.

Thankfully, my larger lectures have been taught mostly by energetic and passionate professors, which I deem as a key quality needed in a great class. Especially for these larger scaled classes, it’s much easier for students to fall off track quicker when the ratio of student to teacher increases.

Student engagement is critical in lectures because the more students are able to participate, the more they can keep focused. In a 400 student class, I had the professor keep the class interesting and persuasive by using memes and gifs throughout his lessons, as well as debatable questions to be consulted with your peers. There were also videos that resonated with today’s media society, all surrounding and relating to the important material kept on a PowerPoint presentation.

Another professor I had read off his already indistinguishable PowerPoint and, occasionally mapped out problems on the chalkboard. Almost one-third of the class dropped within the first week.

Now, this isn’t to scare you away from these large-scale classes. If the professor is worth their dime, they’ll know how to engage the class, and as long as you put in the required effort as well, you’ll have no problem adjusting to the larger class setting.

Remember, the main goal is engagement and participation, even if it’s not to the whole class or to the professor themselves. Don’t be discouraged by the numbers, there are many ways to seek independent help as well if you feel that you’re struggling.

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