• Fairhope Middle School

    Study Skills and Strategies Course

     

    LESSON 1- Setting Goals

    Goal Setting   

    Before you can set your goals, you have to know what your priorities are. A priority is a thing that is regarded as more important than another. In other words, what comes first in your life?

    Priorities   

    According to Susan Kruger in SOAR Study Skills, "think about your life as a jar

    that has 24 hours to fill."

     

     One Day

     How will you fill your jar each day? What will come first in your life?

     

    What Are Your Priorities?     

    WHAT ARE YOUR ROCK PRIORITIES?

    Things You Have To Do

     

     Rock Priorities

    ·      Go to School

    ·      Do School Assignments, Homework, Study for Tests

    ·      Do Chores at Home/Family Activities/May Include Religious Activities

    ·      Eat Healthy and Sleep

     

    Possible Consequences if ROCK PRIORITIES are not done:

     

    ·      Bad Grades

    ·      Being Retained- Failing 7th/8th Grade

    ·      Loss of Privileges at Home- Restrictions

    ·      Being Too Tired to Do Your Best

     

    PEBBLE PRIORITIES:
    Things You Enjoy and Want To Do
     

    Pebble Priorities

     
    * Hanging Out With Your Friends
    * Sports
    * Playing Video Games
    * Band and Music
    * Extra Curricular Activities like Clubs
     
    WATER PRIORITIES:
    Little Things That Fill Your Time That Don't Have To Be Scheduled
     
     Water Priorities
    * Watching T.V.
    * Texting and Social Media
    * Routine Tasks
     
    Although ROCK PRIORITIES need to come first in your life, you need the PEEBLE PRIORITIES and WATER PRIORITIES to enjoy life and feel a sense of fun and happiness. Start with the ROCK PRIORITIES in your life and fill your jar first with them.
     
    ROCK PRIORITIES FIRST!
     
    Jar- Rock Priorities  
     
    Then Add Your PEBBLE PRIORITIES
     
    Jar- Rocks and Pebbles  
     
    Then Lastly Add Your WATER PRIORITIES
     

     Jar- Water Priorities

     
    How Do You Spend Your Time?  
     
    The Key Is To Find A Balance in Your Life
    Finding A Balance  
     
    Key Point: Students whose grades are low have not put their Rock Priorities first in their "24 hour jar of life." Their lives are not balanced.
     
     Identify Your Goals
     
    Setting goals based on your priorities is about understanding that reaching your goals takes
    one step at a time.
     Steps To Your Goals
     
     Source: SOAR Study Skills by Susan Kruger