About to start studying? Let’s set some goals!


One way to strengthen your wairua, or spiritual wellbeing, is to reflect on your purpose and what you hope to achieve in the future.  The beginning of a learning journey is a great opportunity to set new goals, and you’ll find that the process actually helps you to meet them. Wondering how to start? We’ve got you!

1. Reflect

Spend some time thinking about why you decided to study. Do you want a new job? To re-enter the workforce? To help your tamariki understand the value of education?

Reflecting on your reasons for studying will help you to set study goals and keep you motivated as you work towards them.

2. Ready, set, goal!

Use your thinking to set at least one short-term, mid-term, and long-term goal. You should be able to achieve your short-term goal within a few weeks. Your mid-term goal may take a few months, and your long-term goal may take years.

Try to make sure your goals are SMART: specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-based.

Here’s an example of a great short-term goal for online learners:

By the end of next week, I will have logged in to all courses I am enrolled in, introduced myself to my student advisor and facilitator, made note of all assessment due dates, and be up to date with course activities.

It’s specific because it lists exactly what needs to be done. It’s measurable because you’ll know exactly when you’ve achieved it. It’s attainable, as it’s not too overwhelming. It’s relevant because it will definitely help you make a great start to your learning journey. Finally, it’s timely, because you’ve set yourself a deadline.

3. Shout your goals from the rooftop!

Don’t keep them to yourself. Share them with your whānau, educators, student advisors, classmates, and any support staff you meet when you’re studying. Their support will make all the difference.

 Check out our student support site, Tō Tautoko, for more resources designed with online learners in mind!

The eCampus NZ learning platform is being closed on 29 February 2024, as part of the completion of the amalgamation into Open Polytechnic | Te Pūkenga. Therefore, access to courseware for ākonga (learners) will be available for three months post course completion or 29 February 2024, whichever happens first. If you have any questions, please contact eCampus NZ : [email protected] or call 0800 328 269.