By being a little more specific about the kinds of goals we are setting, we can start to act more intentionally. In particular, there are three kinds of goals worth paying attention to throughout your test prep process.
Today's video is about clarifying the three different kinds of goals that you set. Having clearly identified the three kinds of goals, you can start to see how they interact with each other and begin to use all three more effectively. Perhaps, you'll see how one kind of goal in particular has tripped you up in the past or how you need to start rebalancing the three different types of goals.
There's one problem that I didn't raise in the video, and that's the problem of identifying your goals. Theoretically, for this conversation to be most relevant, you have to have some sense that you want something, even if you aren't quite sure what that something is.
You probably know more about where you want to go than you may realize. As we move through life, we are constantly experiencing contrast: some of what we like, and some of what we don't like. When we have an experience that we don't want, we automatically get a clearer picture of what we do want. Feel frustrated that your teachers seem to ignore you? You know that in college you're going to want to gravitate more toward small classes vs. large lectures. Feel bored by all the required classes in high school? You will want to look for colleges with programs that are specific to your interests and/or perhaps colleges with fewer liberal arts requirements. Someone is rude to you? You know that you want to be around people who treat you with kindness and compassion and you know that you want to treat others with that same kindness and compassion (and maybe you want to learn how to get over your frustration with that person's treatment more quickly).
So, in a sense, goal setting is actually quite easy. Just live your life and take stock of how you feel throughout the various experiences.
But, in practicality, the college admissions process can feel overwhelming in terms of goal setting. Maybe you're a junior and still not sure of what college you want to go to or what score would put you in a good position within that unknown school's admissions process.
To this, I refer back to the previous idea that we discover our goals through experiences. So if you feel like you are completely lacking clarity, maybe it's time to go have new experiences! Whether those experiences come from reading a book about different college options, talking to people you know who already attend college, or actually going on college visits, whether they come from taking a practice SAT & ACT, cracking open a prep book and reviewing grammar rules, or reaching out to a test prep coach (Hi, there!) or college consultant, new experiences will give you new clarity about your current goals or the goals that you are looking to set.
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