Criterion Ai - Learning goal

To achieve 7-8 

The student clearly defines a learning goal and provides an in-depth explanation of the connection between their personal interests and that goal.

Phrasing your Learning goal

Phrasing your learning goal for a Personal Project should follow a specific structure to make it clear and effective. Here's a suggested way to phrase your learning goal:

Action verbs
Specify a skill or knowledge
Use an action verb that describes what you will achieve.
Common action verbs include
  • "to investigate,"
  •  "to develop," 
  • "to analyze," 
  • "to create," 
  • "to explore," etc
Specify the skill or knowledge your intend:
  • to acquire
  • apply through your project.
  • Be precise and focused.

  1. To develop my understanding of coding and its applications in creating a mobile app for language learning.

  2. To enhance my proficiency in statistical analysis and its relevance in assessing the impact of healthcare policies.

  3. To explore advanced graphic design techniques for the purpose of creating an informative infographic on climate change.

  4. To investigate the principles of sustainable architecture and apply them to design an energy-efficient eco-friendly house.

  5. To analyze the historical significance of the Renaissance period and its influence on contemporary art through the creation of a visual art project.

  6. To acquire expertise in culinary arts and use this knowledge to prepare a diverse menu of international dishes for a cultural exchange event.

  7. To deepen my knowledge of marine biology and its role in marine conservation by conducting a research project on coral reef ecosystems.

  8. To explore the principles of behavioral psychology and apply them to design a mental health awareness campaign for teenagers.

In each example, the learning goal specifies a particular skill or knowledge area that the student aims to develop or apply in the context of their Personal Project. This specificity ensures that the learning goal is focused and aligned with the project's objectives.

Over to you

Below are several mediocre learning goals that could be improved. 

  • Read each mediocre Learning Goal A. and discuss how you would improve it.
  • Reformulate/rephrase it.
  • Revealing the improved version Learning Goal B. 
  • The improved versions are suggestions, as there are many ways to improve them.

"I want to do something with chemicals to improve water quality"

"To investigate the chemical reactions between household acids and bases, and understand their impact on water quality."

I want critically analyze the themes and character development in 'To Kill a Mockingbird' by Harper Lee and present my findings in a well-structured essay

I would like to enhance my literary analysis skills by examining the complex themes of injustice and morality in 'To Kill a Mockingbird' by Harper Lee, and to effectively communicate my insights through a well-structured and persuasive essay

I want to explore the causes and consequences of the American Civil War, analyzing its impact on social, political, and economic aspects of U.S. history.

I want to learn about why the American Civil War happened, what it led to, and how it affected the United States in terms of society, politics, and the economy.

I want to create a mobile app that helps our community with food insecurity using user-friendly design and innovative technology

I want to gain skills in designing and building a mobile app that effectively tackles the problem of food insecurity in our community

I want to enhance my physical fitness, strength, and endurance by following a structured training plan tailored to my track and field events.

"I want to learn how to enhance my physical fitness, strength, and endurance in track and field events by following a well-structured training plan tailored to my specific sports."

I want to become fluent in Spanish, focusing on practical communication skills, cultural awareness, and vocabulary expansion through daily immersion activities.

I want to attain conversational fluency in Spanish, focusing on practical communication skills, cultural immersion, vocabulary enrichment, and understanding idiomatic expressions."

Approaches to learning

When expressing a learning goal, students can achieve several approaches to learning (ATL) skills, including:

  1. Communication Skills: Students develop the ability to clearly and effectively articulate their learning objectives, which involves effective communication of their intentions and goals.

  2. Self-Management Skills: Setting clear learning goals requires self-management, as students need to plan and organize their efforts to achieve their objectives.

  3. Research Skills: When formulating a learning goal, students may need to research and gather information about the subject area they intend to explore.

  4. Thinking Skills: The process of identifying and expressing a learning goal often involves critical thinking and problem-solving, as students must consider what they want to learn and how to achieve it.

  5. Social Skills: In some cases, students may collaborate with others, such as mentors or teachers, to clarify and express their learning goals, which involves social skills and effective interaction.

  6. Self-Awareness: Formulating a learning goal also requires self-awareness, as students need to reflect on what they want to achieve and why it matters to them.

  7. Contextual Understanding: Students may need to consider the broader context in which their learning goal exists, understanding how it relates to their overall education and personal growth.

Learner profile


 Students reflect on their objectives, motivations, and the broader context of their learning when formulating their learning goals.

Last modified: Sunday, 12 November 2023, 3:04 AM