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Set Goals to Succeed

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Writing can make you more productive, manage stress, and reduce depression. It also orders your thoughts and emotions, which means you can locate and solve many problems. And lastly, when you go after goals, writing helps you brainstorm many ideas.

Unfortunately, most people don't write. For example, less than two percent of people write down their goals.

A recent study on university students shows the advantages of writing. The university took action with students who are likely to fail at university. New students thought about important events from their past, identified key motivators, and created plans for the future. The goals were specific, and the students also planned strategies for success. The university then followed these students during their university years.

As a result of the writing, the number of students who dropped out decreased. In addition, academic achievement increased for all genders and ethnic groups.

The results show that writing and setting goals can greatly help people succeed. The act of writing is truly more powerful than most people think.

Preview some of the lesson material:

Warm Up: Do you agree or disagree? Why?

  1. I am a person who has a lot of goals.
  2. I almost always achieve the goals that I set for myself.
  3. Writing down my problems helps me succeed.
  4. Writing down my negative emotions helps me feel better.
  5. University isn't (or wasn't) a challenging environment for me.

Fragments: Remember how the fragments were used, and complete the sentence from today's article.

  1. It also orders your thoughts and emotions, which means...
  2. New students thought about important events from their past, identified...
  3. As a result of the writing, the number of...
  4. The results show that writing and...

post-Comprehension: Talk about the following questions in pairs/groups. Remember to support your answers!

  1. Do you think setting goals prove beneficial? Why/not?
  2. How often do you set goals for yourself? Do you regularly reach your goals?
  3. How can someone increase productivity? Please explain.
  4. How do you reduce stress? Please explain.
  5. After reading the article, would you apply any of the ideas to your studies and/or life?

Google Search: Type "recess" into Google. Look at the websites, and/or read additional articles on this topic. Discuss or write an essay about your findings.

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