A common early goal for a student is to identify a program and to outline a course of study. A longer-term goal for students starting a degree program is to graduate. In a given semester, a student may have goals of passing all classes or earning a 3.0 GPA.
An example of a long-term learning objective is developing the core skills necessary for success in a given field. Nursing students, for instance, may have a goal of developing all skills necessary to succeed in their state board exams. Another short-term goal is investing two hours per week in study for each hour of class.