Having a "Growth Mindset" and "Grit" are two ideas that are very popular today - employers look for these qualities in young graduates, and, of more immediate importance, cultivating these qualities NOW (before graduating) will help you achieve your potential at AUD.
Improving our academic performance, becoming a better student, doesn't happen overnight. It takes time and commitment. It takes practice, but ANYONE can become a better student. The following videos introduce the ideas of "Growth Mindset" and "Grit"
Current research shows that a positive Growth Mindset and Grit are many, many times more important to SUCCESS than "talent" or "IQ."
Think about something "you are good at"... (anything: cooking, sports, art) It's something you do A LOT. Right? It is something you practice. Right?
Now, think about something that is difficult for you... (anything: math, writing, focusing)
We are used to practicing to improve at sports or music, but it's a bit of a new idea to think about practicing "being a student." Let's go there.
Check out these videos...
Khan Academy talks with Stanford Professor Carol Dweck about her research on the Growth Mindset (3:06 min)
"A growth mindset is when students believe that their abilities can be developed."
An animated explanation of the Growth Mindset (2:09).
"You can improve through practice!"
Angela Duckworth, PhD on What is grit? (3:30 min.)
“Talent exists… but we under-estimate how much affect effort, practice, & time-on-task has on performance.”
Reshma Saujani on how to Teach girls bravery, not perfection (2:39 min)
“It is not a question of ability. It’s how [we are taught] to approach a challenge.”