The Difference Between Aims and Objectives

The terms “aims and objectives” is often used in an academic situation, but what is the difference between the two words?

The thesaurus implies that there is little difference between the words “aim” and “objective”, but the difference is one of detail…

  • An aim can be thought of as your overall goal.
  • Your objectives are a more detailed set of ways you’ll achieve that aim/s.

It may actually be easier to think of it is your aim and objectives (e.g. one aim, several objectives). You can have several aims, but there should always be more objectives.

Aim: To lose weight

Objectives: To go swimming three times a week, eat less than 1800 calories a day, weigh myself once a week.

Another way at looking at the differences is to think of them as goals and sub-goals.

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