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Last Updated: Tuesday January 04 2011 14:39 GMT

New Year's resolutions


PSHE : Study and careers


It's that time again, students who fail to plan will lengthen the odds of achieving their potential.

Try a New Year quiz then look at some past resolutions from our readers before setting objectives for 2011.

Learning aims

  • Meaning of New Year resolution
  • Setting a detailed objective makes it more likely to happen


New year quiz

Start with our quick quiz on New Year.

There are eight questions you can try online or print off.

Main activity

Make some resolutions for 2011

New year's resolutions

[A] Give the group some ideas by reading out these comments submitted by our readers.
Click the box below.

[B] Where do you want to get to in 2011? How will you get there? On a sheet of A4/A3 in landscape students draw these images.

Where you are now?
At the left hand side of the paper put a drawing or photo of where you are now

Where do you want to get to?
On the right hand side put a drawing of themselves at the age of 30, around them draw or glue images of the house they live in, the car they drive, their family if they want one.

How will you get there?
Students draw bold lines from their current image to each of the images on the right of the page. Beside each line they must write or cartoon an explanation of how they will afford the object or maintain the relationship they desire.

No-one is allowed to win the lottery or rob a bank. Prospective pop stars and Premiership footballers must outline in detail the training they will undertake, the networking they will do and how they will respond to injuries and setbacks.

Extension activity

Pick the five things they most want to achieve in the next year and make up a page for each with an image of the objective at the top, a description of how they will achieve it underneath and a signature to prove they are serious about trying to achieve it.


Why does setting a detailed objective and writing it down make it more likely to happen?

Are students surprised that objective setting is a habit shared by many successful people?

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