Boost the Grades You Get by Perfecting the Goals You Set!

Learn to achieve outstanding academic success by setting goals that are dynamic, meaningful and distraction-resistant.
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  • Lectures 29
  • Length 1 hour
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  • Languages English
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Published 9/2015 English

Course Description

This course focuses on improving your grades and academic outcomes by equipping you to set more effective, strategic and powerful academic goals. So much of academic success is linked to having effective goals, but many students like yourself have set goals in the past, but for whatever reason have failed to achieve these goals.

This course uses psychology theory, teacher experience and student feedback from high achievers to provide some insight into why many academic goals aren't achieved and to outline the steps that need to be taken to develop goals that are more closely aligned with academic success.

Learn to develop the super goals that lead to super grades!

  • Recognize why some goals fail
  • Link your personal values to your goals to make your goals more meaningful
  • Develop goals that are strategic and lead to greater commitment
  • Learn how to be fully engaged with your goal success
  • Plan the sequential steps that will lead to goal success

While there is so much research on why goal-setting is important, very little attention is paid to understanding why some goals are successful and others are not. This course was written for the many students I meet who regardless of their academic ability, get frustrated when they don't achieve as much as they had hoped for. This frustration comes from the fact that they worked very hard and tried their best, but they still feel they could have achieved more.

This course aims to provide students like you with a deeper insight into what makes goals effective and how (if applied correctly) effective goals can revolutionize academic outcomes.

While the majority of the course is made up of videos, there is also a number of documents and worksheets which can be downloaded for reference and for skill development. The content will include hands-on activities to give you practice in effective goal-setting techniques and will be referring to a number of everyday academic examples so that by the end of the course, you will be have practiced what we teach. Because the principles are core in nature, they can be applied to any student, in any course of any age. In fact, the principles are foundational enough that non-students will benefit from them too!

What are the requirements?

  • Ideas about what you would like to achieve academically in the near future
  • Commitment to self-improvement
  • Willingness to apply personal examples to the activities and content presented
  • Self-discipline to complete all of the activities so you give yourself the best chance to benefit fully from the course strategies.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Improve your grades by strategically setting educational goals.
  • Set meaningful, value-based academic goals that are resistant to distractions.
  • Establish a clear link between effective goal-setting and academic success.
  • Outline the key characteristics of goals that lead to success.
  • Construct and review academic goals using a multiple-stage approach.

Who is the target audience?

  • High School, College and University students.
  • Students who are looking for new ways to improve their grades and academic outcomes.
  • Parents of students who are looking for ways to increase and maintain student motivation.
  • Teachers who would like to adopt a goal-focused approach to academic success with their classes.

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Section 1: Course Overview

Learn about who will be teaching you and the key questions you'll be able to answer by the end of this course.


We will outline the three key elements of this course:

  1. Adding Value to Our Goals
  2. Setting SMARTER Goals
  3. Focus First on the Finish
This lecture also explains why success in your studies is so closely linked to setting effective goals.
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Before we get into the details of this course, you're going to get an opportunity to evaluate how much you already know about the information in this course. At the end of the course, you'll have the opportunity to answer these questions again to see how much you've learned.

Section 2: Setting the Scene

Many people believe they understand what a goal is, but the truth of the matter is that often what we think are goals are little more than dreams. In this lecture you will learn the what a goal is, which is key to you understanding why some of our goals are achieved and others are not.


Reflect on goals you have set in the past and identify reasons you may have been successful and reasons you may have been unsuccessful.


The 3 step pathway for effective goal-setting that will form the core of course will be outlined.

Section 3: Add Value to Your Goal

Personal values play an important role when we are trying to develop effective goals. In this lecture we will define what values are while looking at some common examples.

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The focus for this lecture will be on identifying values that are important to you through the questionnaire provided.


The link between our values and ability to successfully set goals will be clearly explained.


You will be able to see clearly why goals made without motives and values fail and will be given some examples of goals that have personal values right at their core.

Add Value to Your Goal
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Section 4: Make Your Goal SMARTER

The first 5 stages of the SMARTER goal setting process will be described with some examples of each stage explained. In this lecture the focus will be on making goals specific and measurable.


The first 5 stages of the SMARTER goal setting process will be described with some examples of each stage explained. In this lecture the focus will be on making goals achievable.


The first 5 stages of the SMARTER goal setting process will be described with some examples of each stage explained. In this lecture the focus will be on making goals relevant and time-framed.


Now that you understand the different components of a SMART goal, we will look closer at how to craft a goal that has all of the SMART elements in it.


Together we will look at some examples of 'goals' and will discuss whether or not they are SMART.


In this lecture you will use the document provided to develop a SMARTER goal based on one of the goals you developed as part of the 'My Values Inventory' in Lecture 8.


The distinction between 'SMART' and 'SMARTER' goal setting will be explained and the final two stages will be described.


You will learn what it means to have an engaging goal and why it is essential that you are constantly and fully engaged with your goals.


As part of the 'Engaging' component of SMARTER goals, you will learn about the importance of 'priming' or preparing yourself for goal success.


We will discuss the benefits of reviewing your goal-getting activities during these activities and also after your efforts have been completed.


Use this checklist to create your goal, and also to evaluate your goal by checking that all of the 'SMARTER' components are present.

7 questions
Section 5: Focus First on the Finish

The final stage of the goal setting process will focus on how to implement their goals by giving their goal sequential actions.


Goals can be short-term, medium-term or long-term and in this lecture we will learn about the differences between each.

2 pages

Instructions will be given on how to effectively plan a sequence for goal success based on short-, medium- and long-term goal planning.

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You will take your SMARTER goal and on the template provided will begin to develop a sequence for achieving their goal, based on short- medium- and long-term planning steps.

Focus First on the Finish
4 questions
Section 6: Finishing Strong

This lecture will provide you with an opportunity to reflect on what we have learned on this course about improving academic success by effective goal-getting.


The focus is on making decisive steps for change RIGHT NOW!

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You'll remember that at the beginning of the course you tested yourself on some of the key concepts and principles of this course. In this lecture, you will test yourself again to see if your knowledge and understanding of these concepts has progressed throughout the course.

Section 7: And Finally...
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Instructor Biography

Kerrie Martin, Academic Coach, Teacher, and Life Coach

I would describe myself as a passionate student success expert and would do so based on my years of experience and success as a psychology teacher, student mentor, academic coach, academic assessor and life coach.

While my career began in the classroom at the school and college levels, my current roles have seen me focus more on helping students focus more on the fundamental principles and behaviours that underline academic success.

I have a Bachelors degree in Human Psychology, and have done further study in the areas of Life Coaching, Secondary Education and Counselling. All of these areas say something about who I am in that all of them focus on developing others.

My business 'Achieve on Purpose' focuses on "equipping people with the direction, strategies and skills to discover and develop their inner excellence" and I would say this company mission also serves as my personal mission. I am passionate about bringing potential out in others and the courses I aim to bring to Udemy will strive to do exactly that.

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