Have you ever wondered if there was a secret way to help you do well in school? That is, a special technique that could help you focus? Or grasp complex ideas? Or do well on tests? According to Dr. Angela Duckworth, it all comes down to good old fashioned ‘grit’. That is, refusing to give up when faced with challenges and difficulties. She suggests that students with grit do better in school than students without it, and that grit helps them to become happier and healthier adults.
While researchers are uncertain whether grit is something that we are born with, or if it is something that can be learned, they all agree that students perform best when they study every day and when distractions like television, music, and cell phones are minimized.
It also turns out that taking small breaks while studying is a great study habit to develop. This technique works by teaching students how to solve a difficult task by breaking it down into smaller chunks. By learning how to focus on one task at a time, students slowly develop a better sense of self-control.
Researchers also think that adults can help students improve learning habits by helping to set appropriate goals and expectations for each individual student. With patience and encouragement, any student can become a more confident life-long learner.
The most important lesson to remember is that success in school comes from having a can-do attitude and a study environment that encourages inquiry, imagination, and student well-being.
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