What is a growth mindset?

What is a growth mindset?

“Whether you think you can or you think you can’t–you’re right.” ~ Henry Ford

A growth mindset means you believe your abilities and intelligence are not fixed and can be improved if you just put in the time and effort. Science shows us that our brains constantly form new neural connections when we’re learning, and there is no known limit on the number of connections they can create. 

Research has shown that mindset and attitude significantly impact achievement at school and in life. Therefore, it could be argued that their mindset is the most significant influence on a child or adult’s success.

We believe this is worth sharing with scholars and their parents.

What is interesting is that psychologists have known this for many years. Schools and teachers have known for many years that students with the right mindset can achieve anything! It is the one thing that differentiates high-attaining students from lower-attaining students.

So what do we mean by mindset?

We suggest the way people view themselves and the thoughts that people have about their abilities. Educators, scientists and psychologists have researched the idea of mindset 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 they have an in-built, limited and fixed capacity for learning (based on natural ability) and, therefore, can only be good at certain subjects or attain a particular grade.

A growth mindset:

Students with a growth mindset understand that they have an unlimited learning capacity and appreciate that growing sometimes involves failing. Students with a growth mindset also know that success requires diligence and sacrifice. Additionally, students with a growth mindset understand that they can achieve success in any subject or field by working hard and using the right strategy and attitude.

At GT Scholars, we aim to help our scholars cultivate and maintain a growth mindset and positive attitude towards learning. We started the GT Scholars Success Academy, which allows scholars to develop a growth mindset and realise their potential.

We also have tutoring programmes designed to help students improve their grades and realise their abilities in core subjects and mentoring and enrichment programmes designed to help students better understand their strengths and skills and how they can achieve their goals.

The best thing about 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 an excellent opportunity to remind them about the importance of mindset.

We know that we cannot tutor students in every subject. We can help our scholars cultivate a growth mindset, as this is the first step needed to remove barriers to 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. We can help students develop the core beliefs they need when tackling complex subjects, topics or situations at school in life.

Watch the free masterclass here to learn more about how to help your child develop a growth mindset. 

We also provide an excellent mentorship programme that employs a variety of well-educated and knowledgeable mentors that will give your child the edge over any other Oxbridge applicant. You can find out more about the mentorship programme here.

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