Setting goals can help you stay on top of your studies and earn good grades, but it's important to set the right kinds of goals. Setting unrealistic goals could set you up for disappointment and frustration, while setting goals that are too easy will not challenge you to your full potential. That's where S.M.A.R.T. (Specific, Measurable, Action-oriented, Realistic, Time-bound) goals can help. Learning how to create and work towards attainable goals can help you succeed in school and in life.