My Academic Mindset
“Most of all, teach them that by taking on challenges, making mistakes, and putting forth effort, they are making themselves smarter” by Dr.Carol Dweck. Dweck is a psychologist who is considered as a pioneering figure in the study of human motivation. She is well known for her study on implied concepts of intellect and how mindsets impact motivation as well as success. According to Dweck, “persons who have an inborn opinion of intellect, or consider that talent together with ability are innate characters possess a fixed mindset”. But, the ones who hold that intellect, talent, as well as abilities can be improved through effort have a growth mindset. However, these mindsets play a very important role concerning how individuals handle challenges and if they persevere when they face setbacks. To learners, “has profound effects on their motivation, learning, and school achievement” (Dweck, Pg 1). In this paper, I will discuss how these two theories have shaped my academic mindset.
Neuroplasticity is the brain’s astonishing capacity to adjust and adapt. It refers to physiological modifications of the brain which happen as a result of the interaction with the surrounding. Persons with a growth mindset hold that they can improve through effort.
“Growth mindset persons hold that abilities and talents are developed through effort together with hard work”. They understand that deteriorating is a usual part of education. They pursue tasks even when they face failure. They see those encounters to aid them to grow. Disapproval is welcomed since it offers pathways to extra develop their capabilities and attain future successes.
On the other hand, “fixed mindset persons believe that intellect and capacity are inborn”. Their initial absence of achievement in trying anything new usually supports the presumptions about their abilities and skills, making their letdown a self-fulfilling forecast. They rely on their opinion that letdown might uncover absence of gift or capability hence these persons avoid trials and surrender so simply when they face failure. They do not attempt to put efforts. Moreover, fixed mindset people often relate themselves to others, looking for outward authentication for their capabilities. They do not find the worthiness of disapproval or opinion since they take disapproval personally. These students hardly read other peoples opinion.
Most people do not know what the education for themselves is. I also did not know what an education is for me, and I thought that why I have to study but now I understood why I had to go to school and what I support to do. While I was in junior secondary school I got a dream. That dream changed myself and gave me the confidence to do something. As I was a student in Thailand, I went to one orphanage as part of a social studies’ class. I played sports and activities with children. While we were playing, they always smiled. That became a great memory that I can’t forget. After that, my classmate and I were called by the director of the orphanage. He explained about orphanages. I asked him during the question and answer session,” Where are their meals and expenses coming from?” He said,” Those came from a donation box at a supermarket. So, if you just donate one coin into the box, they can eat more.” At that time, I was speechless out of shock. I thought if I didn’t buy snacks even only once, it would be a little help for them. Then, my life had changed. When I have faced challenges, I have been thinking about children’s smiles, whenever I saw a donation box, I always donate one coin into the box; that is because those smiles give me courage. Even if the money doesn’t properly go to the children, I will donate the money into the box. So I have a dream because of the decision. Social studies’ class gave me my future goal and I realized that the education can give us the future way.
Through my academic experience, I have been able to change my view on abilities. I have learnt that, “Students with a fixed mindset care so much about how smart they will appear that they often reject learning opportunities”. (Dweck, pg 3) When I was young I thought they are inborn but as I grew up, I was able to shift to a growth mindset. I have learned that emotional effect of deteriorating can lead learners to grow a fixed mindset and concentrate on letdown evading (rather than education) in the forthcoming. “Growth mindset can be a path leading to developing grit”. Students are supposed to nurture grit in so as to attain a growth attitude. “Intelligence is something that can be cultivated through effort and education” (Dweck, pg 2)
In conclusion, I hold that anybody who believes in a fixed mindset can cultivate a growth mindset. It only needs the right individual with the correct influence. I believe holding a growth mindset affects one in nothing other than positive ways. In future, I stand to consider failures as well as setbacks as learning chances and be reminding myself “Practice can make perfect”. The theory has also inspired me a lot as a student and encouraged me to keep on pursuing my dreams no matter the challenges.
Dweck, Carol S. “Transforming students’ motivation to learn.” National, 2008.
Duckworth, Angela Lee. “The key to success? Grit.” TED Talk (2013).