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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.


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.