Knowing what your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats are puts you in a powerful position for targeted, meaningful action.
The first step in every SWOT analysis is to look at each category and answer the following questions:
How can we use each strength?
How can we counter each weakness?
How can we take advantage of each opportunity?
How can we defend against each threat?
The next stage involves connecting categories to determine a course of action. For example:
- Looking at your strengths and figuring out how you can use them to take advantage of your opportunities.
- Thinking about how your strengths can combat the potential threats.
As a final step, you should analyse how you could turn negatives into positives. For example, how to covert your weaknesses into strengths, or threats into opportunities.
Once you’ve completed your analysis, produce a list of actions that you can take to reach your academic gaols, organising ideas in order of impact or priority. Then use your SWOT results to develop short-term and long-term goals and strategies, and document these in your diary or study planner.
Not only will a SWOT analysis give you the opportunity to learn more about your own self,
this exercise will give you a strong, well thought out strategy that will give you the best possible chances of success, and the highest possible ATAR result.
Enjoy the process!
Template Answer Sheet (Black & White)
Template Answer Sheet (Colour)
Examples of Answers to the Category Questions