Course Content

Customizing Student Goals

Murray Gray in Course Content

Dec 08, 2020 - 3 min read. Available on all plans.

Why include Goals in your Course?

Simply put: goals can play a huge part in keeping your students focused on the big picture prize -- reaching the finish line.

Why is this important? When you help students set their own goals and visualize their success in achieving those goals, they are almost 3 times more likely to get the results you promise.

That's why we built Goals into Xperiencify to help you take advantage of the powerful psychological trigger of visualization.

Psychologically speaking, 3 goals work best to motivate the maximum amount of students.

With one goal, if you set it too low and achieve it fast, you're not motivated any more, and maybe a little disappointed. If you set it too high, it can be demotivating. Having these specific three allows you to set a range that will inspire people and keep them inspired to keep going, do more and absolutely move mountains.

That's why we make it possible to set 3 specific goals for your students at the top of your membership site -- a minimum goal, a target goal and a stretch goal.

How to Set Good Goals

  • Your Minimum goal should be set to the Big Promise of your Course. (eg: for our course EPM, it's to earn $2000.)
  • Your Target goal is usually set to a little more than your Minimum; something challenging that would inspire someone to try really hard to hit it.
  • The Stretch goal is usually the "moonshot" goal, the "you never know" goal. Something that would change their life if they hit it.

Note that Student goals can be monetary or non-monetary -- it's completely customizable and should be relevant to what you're teaching. Examples of goals might be:

  • Make $2,000
  • Replace my income and quit my job
  • Eliminate pain from my life
  • Meditate 10 minutes each day
  • Retire on an 🏝️

Setting up goals for your course

  • From the Courses page, click on the Course you wish to customize
  • Click on Step 4: Customize Your Course Pages
  • You'll see a collection of pages available for you to edit/customize or simple preview. Click on Course Home Page
  • Scroll down to the Goal section and click on the Edit icon
  • This will open the Goal popup where you can make all your updates
  • Goal name: choose something inspirational, written in the past tense, and closely aligned with your Course's Big Promise
  • Goal Checkbox Label Name: something like "Did it!", written in the past tense, so it's only clicked once it's happened
  • Points Type: choose either XP or XXP. For the first goal, we recommend choosing XP. For Goals 2 and 3, we recommend using XXP. Here's why
  • Enter Points: enter the amount of points to award when this Goal is achieved -- we recommend something like 10, 20, and 30 for each Goal respectively. The important thing is that they're going up with each Goal, and that it's not TOO many points. (Having too many earnable points available right at the start can feel overwhelming for your student.)
  • Allow User to Edit Goal: when set to ON (green), the student is able to customize the Goal themselves. We recommend you leave Goal 1 UNeditable, while leaving Goals 2 and 3 EDITABLE
  • Show Goal for User: this option allows you to hide any (or all) of the Goals from your student. However, if you want to keep your student engagement as high as possible, then we HIGHLY recommend you make use of ALL THREE goals, for the reasons outlined at the start of this article!

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