Creating Your Personal Learning Plan

Developing a personal learning plan starts with creating SMART goals. Once you have set your SMART goal, you will need to identify learning experiences and resources or supports that will help you develop the skills needed to achieve your goals. Think about the impact of this goal and why it matters to you, and when would be a good time to evaluate your progress to make minor changes in your approach, if needed. 

Setting SMART(ER) Goals

Start developing your goals using the SMART(ER) tool below.


Developing Your Learning Plan

Once you have determined your SMART goals, the next step is to develop your learning plan for how you will achieve your goals. Having a learning plan in place can help keep you motivated and accountable for your goals. This includes listing strategies, supports and resources you will use to help you achieve your goal.

  • You can use this template to go through the process of creating a learning plan based on the SMART goals you have created.
  • You can create as many goals as you would like. A good place to start is to create one goal per course at the beginning of each semester.
  • If you have more than five goals that you would like to work with, you can download a Word document template to add more and customize this tool to your needs.



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