Learning Objectives: Why is the road not the destination? How you set specific learning goals and so rock out your trials.

If you stand before an important exam at the university, school or for your training?What do you make of the learning? The answer is simple: Get Set specific learning objectives so you bündelst your energy!


Learning objectives

Learning objectives set: The more concrete are your learning objectives, the more secure your exam success

Objectives: Why the path is not the goal

Determine your learning strategy

Test anxiety is a huge time and energy consumers. First she makes you nervous, then it robs sleep and blocked at the end thoughts. Relaxation techniques are of little, if the cause is not packed: uncertainty! Uncertainty about what drankommt what value is placed and whether you have ready knowledge at the right moment.

The more you know about a situation, the more secure it! Weaknesses can be targeted. From the following questions, you can develop a specific learning strategy for the next test:

Key questions to determine your learning objectives

  • How do I get out, off come what content in the exam?
  • What are the success factors of the next test?
  • How do I stop that I verzettele me?


Exams easily made by specific learning objectives

Why is the road not the destination?

Surely you know the Buddhist wisdom “The journey is the destination”.Unfortunately it does not apply to learning objectives – although many students live by this maxim and therefore easily get lost. Instead pause and ask “Why?” She work overtime and do not realize that they are traveling in the wrong direction.

This can have fatal consequences, as I myself had bitterly experienced: I prepared once intensely on the application to my dream uni. Since the admission test was challenging, I went over backward and got a complete book “Economics” by heart.Although I had many theoretical mechanisms in the head. but practically I was not able to apply the situational. 400 pages info in my head – all worthless! Two months I had cramming hour by hour facts, charts, definitions. In vain. I had learned too much! It would have made more sense to sit down with a friend in the park and discuss the concepts. My big dream had burst.

It does not help to be twice as fast, if we are traveling in the wrong direction.

Learning outcomes in tests: Why the path is not the goal

The Busy Bee with a hammer

We stop old habits. In school learning is not as complex as in studies or vocational examination. There you have to “only” do have a manageable learning matter.Figures are in demand. Info You have to memorize and safely exactly recall. Later some writing skills and oral exams will be added. The focus however remains: It tests how well students can memorize. If you’re that successful, chooses to study.But now the structure and complexity of knowledge very different to the situation and subject. Those who continue to learn in the same way, has presented potential.

It is the “law of the hammer” : we have only a hammer in the toolbox, every problem looks like a nail. Then we try our problems always be solved with the same technique and not attend to the special needs that would require a variation of the method. So we knock furiously, because we have learned only the hammering, but not screwing, sawing and painters. Such artisans would be released immediately!

Haust you also always the same line
without adapting your learning strategy of concrete test situation? 


Fits your learning strategy to your learning goals?

Were there in your class and people with super notes that it suddenly had very serious in their studies? Our best in class has almost dropped out of university!Usually it is the same pattern: The busy bees buzzing around. They have learned, disciplined process the volume of work.This is in studying a lot more, the success factors change. Now the Busy Bee gets into stress. It buzzes more quickly and more excited. Eventually, it will not come with or bogged down with enticing flowers, but they are infertile.

help Concrete learning objectives, not to lose sight of the goal. What is the best way to learn?

We must turn our world upside down

Lernbücher use like the trilogy “Input – Processing – Output” on the basis of the computer when they speak of learning processes. This metaphor comes from the 70s and is outdated. The brain is not a PC. It is much more complex. Sometimes you have to deal with processes in parallel or reverse the order. I need z. B. the output (first line), to generate new ideas and input for my lyrics. The breakdown in knowledge Input – Processing – Output has another problem: is the goal at the end.But we must already think about the type of playback to the beginning! Thus the material can be recycled effectively. This also makes the retrieval easier and safer.


Until now, many learn the motto: “What comes to the table, is learned!”, Or “data-driven”. They take everything back, cram the material to herself, differentiating thought processes are set to “OFF”. This passive learning is not efficient. We must proactively design your own schedule, define the topics divided and recycle agile.

set and achieve learning objectivesAn anecdote from my examination time , is my encounter with the “Phantom”: With us you knew virtually all students, the Phantom but I have met only once in the copy room. We started talking and the phantom told me: “At this university there is more to it, to show that one can think critically. So I copy my only central texts, working this carefully, and talk with a buddy. That has not always served! “ Uiiihh, I stood with my thick copying folders. Bared in my Detailfimmel.

I had at a teamwork for a presentation / a Unit Another eye-opening experience.While I had read thoroughly and with my colleague wanted to talk about the content first, this had only skimmed the text and insisted that we first design the presentation and structure specifically seek out only the necessary information.While I had planned two days and two separate meetings, we were done after three hours.

Often it does not take long, the success factors for the next test to determine: Stefan must read 80 books for the literature examination. After a brief discussion in the seminar is clear that he did not have to read in detail, but to classify the books. He must for roughly know and understand why a book for an epoch is significant content. Instead a book lines to read accurately, he has to deal more with the book itself and its backgrounds. Time required for the interview: 15 minutes. Savings: many sleepless nights …

Objectives: Why the path is not the goal?

Learning objectives for testing: Conclusion

Without specific learning goals you’re wasting your energy. Many rush immediately to the script, the textbook, the course material, without wondering WHAT they need to learn them HOW. * Zonk! – YOU want, you need a direction! Otherwise you’ll nervous and risking test anxiety. Keep the long-term goal in mind, you want to take this exam, not only to exist this, special ALSO to be better, smarter, more accurate, more secure in the NEXT Written or oral examination.