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What is a growth mindset?
“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right.” ~ Henry Ford
Research has shown that mindset and attitude have a huge impact on achievement at school and in life. In fact, it could be argued that the greatest influence on a child or adult’s success is their mindset.
We believe that this is definitely something worth sharing with scholars and their parents.
What is interesting is that psychologists have known this for many years. Schools and teachers have also known for many years that students with the right mindset can achieve pretty much anything! It is the one thing that differentiates high attaining students from lower attaining students.
So what do we mean by mindset? We mean the way people view themselves and the thoughts that people have about their abilities.
The idea of mindset has been researched by educators, scientists and psychologist for many years. Most famously by education psychologist Carol Dweck. There is a general idea that people tend to have one of two mindsets;
A fixed mindset: Students with a fixed mindset believe that they have an in-built, limited and fixed capacity for learning (based on natural ability) and therefore they can only be good at certain subjects or they can only attain a certain grade.
A growth mindset: Students with a growth mindset understand that they have an unlimited capacity for learning, they appreciate that growing sometimes involves failing. Students with a growth mindset know that success requires diligence and sacrifice and they understand that success can be achieved in pretty much any subject or field by working hard, using the right strategy and having the right attitude.
At GT Scholars, our goal is to help our scholars cultivate and maintain a growth mindset and positive attitude towards learning.
The tutoring programmes are designed to help students improve their grades and realise their abilities in core subjects and the mentoring and enrichment programmes are designed to help students gain a better understanding of their strengths and abilities and how they can achieve their goals.
The best thing a growth mindset is that it’s not just useful for students, it’s just as important for adults. When next a student tells you he or she can’t do something, this is a great opportunity to remind them about the importance of mindset.
We know that we cannot provide students with tutoring in every single subject. What we can do is help our scholars cultivating a growth mindset as this is the first step that is needed to remove barriers for learning.
By helping scholars maintain a growth mindset, we can help pupils change their behaviour and motivations, we can help students build grit and resilience and we can help students develop the core beliefs that they need when tackling difficult subjects, topics or situations at school and in life.