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Four (4) possible goals and objectives for this practicum experience. Ensure that they follow the SMART Strategy, as described in the Learning Resources. 

1.  Goal:

a.  Objective:

b.  Objective:

c.  Objective:

2.  Goal:

a.  Objective:

b.  Objective:

c.  Objective:

3.  Goal: 

a.  Objective:

b.  Objective:

c.  Objective:

4.  Goal:

a.  Objective:

b.  Objective:

c.  Objective:

Setting S.M.A.R.T. Goals
Savvy Strategies to Help you Succeed

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W H A T I S A S . M . A . R . T . G O A L ?

S.M.A.R.T. is a goal-setting tool, which identifies five criteria for setting effective goals:
specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound. Goals built around these
criteria are likely to be met because they are focused, realistic, and actionable. For more
specific definitions and examples of each criterion, use the buttons below:

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S I S F O R S P E C I F I C

When setting a goal, be specific about what you would like to achieve. Think
about how you might reach your goal, as well as what you hope to gain by
achieving it.

I want to be a better
student.

This is a vague goal. Without further definition, it will
be difficult to achieve. To improve this goal, ask, “Why
do I want to be a better student? And more
importantly, how can I become a better student?”

This term, I will focus on improving my
probability skills and earn at least a B in my
statistics course.

This goal is much more specific. It includes a focused
definition of what it means to be a better student (at
least a B grade) and considers what can be gained by
achieving this goal (improved math skills).

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M I S F O R M E A S U R A B L E

Realistic, effective goals offer a way to measure your progress. Measurable
goals also clearly indicate when you have succeeded in achieving your goal.

I want to be in better
health.

This goal can’t be measured. What does it mean

to be in better health and how will you know when

you have achieved it?

I will improve my physical health by riding my
bike to work at least three times per week.

This goal is measurable. It will be achieved when

you successfully ride your bike to work a

minimum of three times per week.

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A I S F O R A C H I E V A B L E
Set goals that are feasible, realistic, and within reach. Goals should be
challenging but not unattainable—otherwise, you may be setting
yourself up to fail.

I am going to write 25 pages of my
dissertation each week, so that I
can finish within 6 weeks.

This goal is likely unachievable. Dissertations are
meant to be written over long periods of time. Even
full-time professional authors cannot adhere to such a
rigorous pace.

For the entire month of January, I will dedicate at least
one, distraction-free hour per day to writing my
dissertation.

While still challenging, this goal is more realistic. If all
goes well, at the end of January, you can commit
yourself to another month of daily writing or adjust
your goal to better suit your lifestyle and obligations.

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R I S F O R R E L E V A N T
Goals should reflect your values and long-term objectives. Avoid setting
goals that may distract from, or that don’t directly contribute to, the
achievement of more urgent, overarching aims.

I will complete my Master’s of Nursing
within three years by taking two online

classes per term.

Again, if you are a Master’s of Nursing student, it

makes sense to set a goal that is directly related

to your long-term academic and professional

objectives.

I want to write a novel
before I turn 40.

For career authors and creative writers, this might

be a realistic and relevant goal. However, if you are

actively pursuing a Master’s in Nursing in order to

further an established career in the health field,

focusing on a novel is likely distracting and

counterproductive.

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T I S F O R T I M E – B O U N D

When you set a goal, establish a target deadline or timeframe, as well.
Deadlines help you stay motivated and focused on achieving your goal.

I want to run a marathon.

This goal may be achievable, but without a timeframe,
it doesn’t mean much. Many of us want to run a
marathon someday; fewer of us commit to and train
for a specific event.

I will adhere to the Runner’s World 16-week
training schedule, so that I am prepared to run
the Boston Marathon on April 15th.

This goal is specific, measurable, achievable, and time-
bound. It includes a deadline, which is tied to a
particular event and realistic training plan.

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S . M . A . R . T . G O A L S Q U I Z – Q U E S T I O N 1

1.) A middle school teacher sets the following goal: I will attend two professional
development workshops.

Which two S.M.A.R.T. criteria does this goal fail to meet?

Time Bound

and Specific

Relevant and

Measurable

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S . M . A . R . T . G O A L S Q U I Z
Q U E S T I O N 1 C O R R E C T A N S W E R

A middle school teacher sets the following goal: I will attend two professional development workshops.
Which two S.M.A.R.T. criteria does this goal fail to meet?

Time Bound and Specific

That’s right! Setting a goal to attend two workshops is measurable. When the teacher
has attended two workshops, they’ve achieved their goal. Moreover, attending
professional development is likely relevant to a middle school teacher. However, this
goal is not specific (which two workshops and why?), nor is it tied to a deadline (when
will this task be completed?).

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S . M . A . R . T . G O A L S Q U I Z
Q U E S T I O N 1 I N C O R R E C T A N S W E R

A middle school teacher sets the following goal: I will attend two professional development
workshops. Which two S.M.A.R.T. criteria does this goal fail to meet?

Relevant and Measurable

Take a second look at this one: setting out to attend two workshops means that the
goal is measurable. When the teacher has attended two workshops, they have
achieved their goal. Moreover, attending professional development is likely relevant to
a middle school teacher. However, this goal is not specific (which two workshops and
why?), nor is it tied to a deadline (when will this task be completed?).

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S . M . A . R . T . G O A L S Q U I Z – Q U E S T I O N 2

2.) A doctoral Public Health student sets the following goal: To improve my
grammar, I will complete the Sentence Structure Basics and Verbs modules in
the Writing Center with a 90% score within 6 months.

Does this goal meet all five S.M.A.R.T. criteria?

Yes

No

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S . M . A . R . T . G O A L S Q U I Z
Q U E S T I O N 2 C O R R E C T A N S W E R

A doctoral Public Health student sets the following goal: To improve my grammar, I will complete the
Sentence Structure Basics and Verbs modules in the Writing Center with a 90% score within 6
months. Does this goal meet all five S.M.A.R.T. criteria?

Yes

That’s right! This goal does, in fact, meet all five criteria. The student refers to specific
modules, sets a metric to determine success (90%), and attaches the goal to a timeframe of 6
months. Moreover, this is an achievable goal—the student is not expecting perfection, and
the timeline is realistic. Finally, for a doctoral student who will eventually write a dissertation,
proper grammar is especially important, which means that this goal is relevant.

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S . M . A . R . T . G O A L S Q U I Z
Q U E S T I O N 2 I N C O R R E C T A N S W E R

A doctoral Public Health student sets the following goal: To improve my grammar, I will complete the
Sentence Structure Basics and Verbs modules in the Writing Center with a 90% score within 6 months. Does
this goal meet all five S.M.A.R.T. criteria?

No

This goal does, in fact, meet all five criteria, and here’s why: the student refers to specific
modules, sets a metric to determine success (90%), and attaches the goal to a timeframe of
6 months. Moreover, this is an achievable goal—the student is not expecting perfection, and
the timeline is realistic. Finally, for a doctoral student who will eventually write a
dissertation, proper grammar is especially important, which means that this goal is relevant.

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S . M . A . R . T . G O A L S Q U I Z Q U E S T I O N 3

3.) A Bachelor’s of Psychology student sets the following goal: I want to
improve my listening skills.

Is this goal measurable?

Yes

No

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S . M . A . R . T . G O A L S Q U I Z
Q U E S T I O N 3 C O R R E C T A N S W E R

A Bachelor’s of Psychology student sets the following goal: I want to improve my listening skills. Is this goal
measurable?

No

Good work! This goal is not measurable. It does not include a way to measure or track the
student’s improvements. Furthermore, because it does not offer a definition of what
improved listening skills looks like, it would be impossible to know when this goal has been
achieved.

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Q U E S T I O N 3 I N C O R R E C T A N S W E R

A Bachelor’s of Psychology student sets the following goal: I want to improve my listening skills. Is this
goal measurable?

Yes

This goal is not measurable. It does not include a way to measure or track the student’s
improvements. Furthermore, because it does not offer a definition of what improved
listening skills looks like, it would be impossible to know when this goal has been achieved.

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More Resources

Now that you’ve completed this interactive

lesson, take the next step by setting your

own S.M.A.R.T. goals. The Academic

Skills Center offers additional resources

around S.M.A.R.T. goal-setting, including

a blog post and a helpful template:

• S.M.A.R.T Goal-Setting (blog post)

• S.M.A.R.T. Goals Template (PDF)

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