The students with growth mindset completely took charge of their learning and motivation. Instead of plunging into unthinking memorization of the course material, they said: “I looked for themes and underlying principles across lectures,” and “I went over mistakes until I was certain I understood them.” They were studying to learn, not just to ace the test. And, actually, this was why they got higher grades—not because they were smarter or had a better background in science.
Instead of losing their motivation when the course got dry or difficult, they said: “I maintained my interest in the material.” “I stayed positive about take chemistry.” “I kept myself motivated to study.” Even if they thought the textbook was boring or the instructor was a stiff, they didn’t let their motivation evaporate. That just made it all the more important to motivate themselves.”
What do you believe about yourself and your abilities? Can one improve and grow or does one have all the abilities they will ever have at birth? Dweck reveals the two mindsets that most people have about their abilities and personalities: the fixed mindset and the growth mindset.
The Mindset diagram by Nigel Holmes: Nigel-Holmes-Mindset-Diagram-from-the-work-of-Dr-Carol-Dweck.
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