Fairhope Middle School
Study Skills and Strategies Course
LESSON 1- Setting Goals
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?
According to Susan Kruger in SOAR Study Skills, "think about your life as a jar
that has 24 hours to fill."
How will you fill your jar each day? What will come first in your life?
WHAT ARE YOUR ROCK PRIORITIES?
Things You Have To Do
· 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 BestPEBBLE PRIORITIES:Things You Enjoy and Want To Do* Hanging Out With Your Friends* Sports* Playing Video Games* Band and Music* Extra Curricular Activities like ClubsWATER PRIORITIES:Little Things That Fill Your Time That Don't Have To Be Scheduled* Watching T.V.* Texting and Social Media* Routine TasksAlthough 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!Then Add Your PEBBLE PRIORITIESThen Lastly Add Your WATER PRIORITIESThe Key Is To Find A Balance in Your LifeKey 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.Setting goals based on your priorities is about understanding that reaching your goals takesone step at a time.Source: SOAR Study Skills by Susan Kruger