It’s All in The Mind: Growth Mindset and College Prep
By Megan, IvyWise Tutoring Manager
How can students learn better, and how can those skills translate into college and post-graduate success? The concept of Growth Mindset, from the research of Carol Dweck, has taken education world by storm and greatly impacted the way educational professionals view student instruction. Recently, Khan Academy hosted LearnStorm – Growth Mindset Livestream, and the team here at IvyWise has a breakdown of exactly what Growth Mindset is and how it’s beneficial when preparing for, and once students are in, college.
What is Growth Mindset?
According Khan Academy, Growth Mindset is “the belief that you can improve your abilities by practicing and learning from your mistakes.” The ideology is based off the notion that both intelligence and knowledge can be improved by practice and learning from mistakes. This means that students who may not have performed well in a previous subject can master that area of knowledge. IvyWise tutoring works in conjunction with this notion, and we work with students with this ideology in mind in order to help students increase their academic enrichment and standardized testing performance. But first, students, parents, and educators have to tackle the problem of a Fixed Mindset.
A Fixed Mindset is when a person does not believe they are capable of learning a certain subject. Have you ever heard someone say, “I’m just not good at writing?” If so, then you have heard someone display a Fixed Mindset. Viewing the Fixed Mindset from a collegiate transition perspective, you may even hear someone say, “I’m just too shy to join a club.” The idea that you can’t change these things about yourself – either what you know or what you’re capable of doing – is limiting to students, and Growth Mindset aims to dispel those notions.
While the main goal of Growth Mindset at IvyWise is to help students excel in certain academic subjects and perform well on standardized tests, adopting this mindset can also be beneficial for students past the college prep process. Because college is a place for you to grow as an individual – academically and socially – your social skills can also improved by practice and learning from mistakes.