Why use this?

This method is an easy, quick and smart way for the volunteer/mentee to set goals. These goals might be short or long term and can be applied to different tasks, from planning an activity/workshop to organising the way they are going to learn a new language (in this case the language that is going to use during their experience).

Smart goals Helper


The SMART method for goal setting involves using the first letters of specific, measurable, attractive, realistic, and time-bound to set achievable goals. Adding E and R creates SMARTER goals. Takes 20 minutes.

Step 1:

All the volunteer needs to do is to take the letters from the word smart and write them vertically in a piece of paper.

Each of the 5 letters is the first letter of a word:

  • S – Specific
  • M – Measurable 
  • A – Attractive 
  • R – Realistic
  • T – Time bounding

Step 2:

Now, taking these 5 parameters under consideration the volunteer can set goals for each task or activity and make them more “achievable”.

Tip from a Mentor

fter all this, you can take it a step further, add 2 more letters and make it SmartER.

E for evaluate and R for re-evaluate and like that you keep tracking all the process.

Extra Material

TreasureBox for Mentors

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