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Unit 1: Building and Working Towards Educational Goals   The first unit of this course will help you clarify your individual educational goals and formulate plans to work toward those goals. You will define your own values as they relate to your plans for college, and then you will create a set of specific goals that match your values. Creating both general and specific educational goals and plans will help you understand your academic pathway and identify direct ways to achieve your educational goals. In short, you will have a chance to consider why you are in college (or why you should consider enrolling in college), what you want to get out of the college experience, and how you can design a plan that helps you get there.
 
Don’t worry too much about whether the goals you set now could change later in your college experience. At this point in your education, the main point is to set out some thoughtful goals and start working towards them, rather than wandering through your college experience without any goals at all – or, worse yet, working towards goals that somebody else has set for you.

Unit 1 Time Advisory
This unit should take you approximately 6.25 hours to complete.

☐    Subunit 1.1: 0.25 hours

☐    Subunit 1.2: 0.25 hours

☐    Subunit 1.3: 1.25 hours
 
☐    Subunit 1.4: 3.5 hours

☐    Unit 1 Assessment: 1 hour

Unit1 Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this unit, you will be able to: - define the term value and apply it to their personal academic journey; - explain what makes an effective and manageable goal; - illustrate skills that will help them succeed in their goals; and - formulate personal short-term, mid-term, and long-term educational and career goals.

1.1 Assess Your Current Knowledge and Attitudes   - Reading: College Success: “Chapter 1: You and Your College Experience” Link: College Success“Chapter 1: You and Your College Experience” (PDF)
 
Instructions: Complete the first two sections of Chapter 1 entitled “Where Are You Now?” and “Where Do You Want to Go?” which are self-assessment tools. Be honest with yourself when considering these questions – nobody but you will see the answers. Understanding exactly where you are right now is the key to building goals that will work for you.
 
Reading this section and completing the self-assessments should take you approximately 15 minutes.
 
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1.2 How Do You Get There?   - Reading: College Success: “Chapter 1: You and Your College Experience” Link: College Success“Chapter 1: You and Your College Experience” (PDF)
 
Instructions: Read the sections entitled “How to Get There” and “Welcome to College” in Chapter 1. This reading provides an overview of the importance of setting goals that are related to your own personal values and gives a general introduction to the topics that the entire course will cover. Do yourself a favor and read this section in full, even though you might be tempted to skip or skim it. This section will give you a healthy and important context to why the course is important.

 Reading this section should take you approximately 15 minutes to
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1.3 Identify Your Own Values   - Reading: College Success: “Chapter 1, Section 1.1: Who Are You, Really?” Link: College Success“Chapter 1, Section 1.1: Who Are You, Really?” (PDF)
 
Instructions: Read this section. First, you will complete two activities that will help you identify your personal attitude towards college and your personal life values. Then, you will read about how to begin to match up your education with the values you have identified in order to create a plan for your college experience.  Make sure to complete the Checkpoint Exercises at the end of the reading.
 
Reading this section and completing the activities and exercises should take you approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes to complete.
 
Terms of Use: This text was adapted by The Saylor Foundation under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 License without attribution as requested by the work’s original creator or licensee.

1.4 Build Goals Related to Your Values   - Reading: College Success: “Chapter 2: Staying Motivated, Organized, and on Track” Link: College Success: “Chapter 2: Staying Motivated, Organized, and on Track” (PDF)
 
Instructions: As you read through Chapter 2, you will first learn about how to design goals that fit your values and then learn about some tools and resources that will help you prioritize and achieve the goals you have set. Make sure to complete Activity 1, entitled “Personal Goals,” as well as the checkpoint exercises at the end of the reading.
 
Reading this section and completing the activity and exercises should take approximately 2 hours.
 
Terms of Use: This text was adapted by The Saylor Foundation under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share-Alike 3.0 License without attribution, as requested by the work’s original creator or licensee.

1.4.1 Set Your Goals   - Lecture: The Saylor Foundation: Becky Samitore-Durand’s “Goal Setting” Link: The Saylor Foundation: Becky Samitore-Durand’s “Goal Setting” (PDF)
 
Instructions: Read this PowerPoint presentation. With each slide, consider the information you have just read in the textbook to reflect on your own goals. Be sure to take notes as you progress through the presentation; in the assignment that follows, you will be asked to write down your goals in concrete terms based on this reflection.
 
Reading through this presentation should take you approximately 1 hour to complete.

1.4.2 Goal-Setting Exercise   - Activity: The Saylor Foundation: Becky Samitore-Durand’s “Goal Setting Exercise” Link: The Saylor Foundation: Becky Samitore-Durand’s “Goal Setting Exercise” (PDF)
 
Instructions: Review this handout and work through the exercises to help you determine and articulate your own goals. Take some time to complete the worksheet and to review your responses.
 
Completing this activity should take you approximately 30 minutes.

Unit 1 Assessment   - Assessment: The Saylor Foundation’s “SMART Goals: Getting Started” Link: The Saylor Foundation’s “SMART Goals: Getting Started” (PDF)
 
Instructions: SMART goals are specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time-framed. In this assessment, you will look over the goals you set for yourself in this unit and evaluate them according to the SMART parameters. If you feel comfortable sharing your answers, please consider posting your goals on the Try College 101 Discussion Board after you finish.
 
Completing this assessment should take approximately 30 minutes.