Analyzing and evaluating your needs first.
Before you start thinking about your goals, you should first take a close look at your immediate, medium term and long term needs. Ask yourself questions like what profession you would want to be in when you start working or something nearer like “What results do I want to achieve for O levels?”
Have a Strategic plan
Your time and resources are limited so you would need a strategic plan to manage and use them efficiently to attain your goals. The first step in the strategy is setting the goals.
Your goals should be:
- a) Specific- very clear and well defined (eg. Getting A1 for my E Maths in O Levels)
- b) Within a limited time period
- c) Achievable- possible to achieve ( do not set goal like aiming to be first in Singapore for Chemistry for O levels when your current grade is a C5)
- d) Measurable- you must be able to quantify the goal so that you know it when you achieve it.
Ask yourself what you want to achieve and specifically what you would need to achieve them. For example, identify first what course you would want to get into for poly or which JC you would want to get into. By checking the previous year cut off points, you would have a gauge of the number of points you have to attain to get into the course.
Start with your long-term goal (more than 5 years later):
To become a software engineer
Middle term goal: Get into the IT engineering course in NUS or NTU
Short term goal: Qualify for Science stream in a Tampines JC by getting 11 for my L1R5 aggregate.
Even shorter term goal: Improving my grades for English from C5 to B3 in the mid year exam.
Be optimistic and forward looking
Goals are easy to set but should be challenging to achieve. In the process, you would need to keep a positive mindset and be optimistic about achieving your goals. Being forward looking will help you in overcoming the obstacles you might encounter along the way. Your attention should be on conquering the challenges to achieve your objectives rather than dwell on failures and setbacks.