Section 5: Beyond the OGT: Helping Students Achieve Success

Setting Student Goals

“Self-directed learning is a process in which individuals take the initiative, with or without the help of others, in diagnosing their learning needs, formulating goals, identifying resources, choosing and implementing appropriate learning strategies, and evaluating learning outcomes” (Knowles, 18).

When students understand the content standards that will be tested in the OGT, they can approach these topics in a way that makes the most sense to them. This allows them to employ creativity in their learning. The OGT Student Report provides data that students can use to understand their own learning needs, set their own learning goals and take control of their studies. This allows students to become responsible owners and managers of their learning process.

When guiding students to set their own goals, keep the following five steps in mind:

  1. Diagnose learning needs.
  2. Formulate academic goals.
  3. Identify resources for learning.
  4. Choose and implement appropriate strategies.
  5. Evaluate learning outcomes.

Download and use the Student-Directed Conferences Template for Teachers to guide students through the process of setting effective goals and monitoring their own progress. Your students will be more engaged in improving their academic performance when they are working toward goals that they have developed themselves.