What Does It Take To Be a Successful Student?
By Carolyn Nekula, Psychology Intern
As your child heads back to school this month, it may feel like it’s a fresh start for her. It can be a chance for her to do better in a subject she usually struggles in or for the first time try out for a sport (and maybe even make the team!). You may be thinking “What can I do help my child be more successful this school year?”
In a popular “TED Talks” video, Angela Duckworth, a psychologist at the University of Pennsylvania, talks about her extensive research into factors that make a student more likely to achieve. She finds that those students with “grit” are considerably more likely to do well in school. Grit is defined as being able to stick to goals, meet a challenge, and exert self-control. The good news is that anyone can build grit. Although psychologists have yet to pinpoint exactly how, here are some helpful tips to begin helping your child build grit this school year.
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