We work with students in our study skills classes on setting goals for themselves at the beginning of every semester for what grades they would like to get that term in each subject. We tell them to be realistic. If the best they think they can get in math is a B, then so be it. Students should create a chart of all their academic subjects and what their grade goal is for each subject. On a weekly basis they should take this chart out and record their test, quiz, homework and project grades and see how they are measuring up against their goal. If they are not on track to attain their goal, then they need to analyze what is not working and make adjustments. If a student uses this system there should be no surprises at the end of the semester. This chart is a powerful tool in helping students monitor their progress and make corrections early on so that little problems do not snowball and become big problems.