What do high performers do, that other students don't?

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Top performers work extremely hard, but they work hard on the right things

Lesson 1: Teach a growth mindset

"Compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not to who someone else is today" - Jordan B. Peterson

It is of vital importance that you teach students to have a growth mindset. People with a growth mindset believe that their abilities can be developed over time through hard work and commitment, whereas people with a fixed mindset believe that they are born with their abilities and they cannot be changed.

For example, just because your student has always found Maths difficult doesn't mean they do not have the ability to change this. This is one of the most important philosophies to teach your students if you want them to succeed.  

Top performers consistently do more practice exams than other students and they possess three very important qualities - they are self-motivated, self-disciplined and resilient. These are the skills you can help your students develop with a growth mindset.

Time management is key!

To help your student develop self-motivation, self-discipline and resilience, we recommend that you help set up a study timetable for your students - but with with one major caveat. The first thing they should include into their study timetable should NOT be their homework/study. Rather, the key is to first put in non-study activities (sports, socialising, hobbies, etc), and then fill in their study around this. This will ensure that they have something to look forward to each day, and as a result they will be more likely to adhere to their plan. The aim is to create a timetable that they actually want to stick to.

Lesson 2: Working smart

Top performers work extremely hard, but they work hard on the right things. For example, re-reading notes over and over again is not a productive use of a student’s time. A student would be far better off re-reading their notes using a combination of the scientific learning techniques already mentioned (e.g. retrieval practice).

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