One of our tutors recently wrote a short article about the difference between having a fixed and a growth mindset. Sometimes learners get so caught up in the content of what they’re learning, they forget that it is the attitude, the frame of mind, which is all-important.
If you have a negative stereotype about your learning capacity, it will exert a constant negative influence on your chance of success. On the contrary, if you don’t believe that intelligence is fixed or static, then the sky’s the limit.
Helping students undo the harmful attitudes about their learning is one of the roles of a good personal tutor. It’s also important for tutors to make sure they don’t impose false limits on their students’ abilities.
The fixed vs growth mindset is a simple idea, with tremendous repercussions.