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Goalsetting

Effects of goal-setting and life crafting interventions on study success

In this PhD research, first-year students from sixteen study programmes at Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences take part in interventions aimed at increasing their study success and well-being. The interventions consist of writing assignments that help students find their life goals and make them concrete so that they have more focus and are better able to resist temptation.

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Practical impact

1132 students participated in an experiment which showed that goal setting led to significantly more credits obtained and a lower drop-out rate.

Currently, 16 courses from three different schools (HR Business School, School of Built Environment, School of Education) at Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences apply the goal-setting intervention in their curriculum.

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