Changing the Mindset – PART 2

In part one of my blog I spoke about the importance of changing a student’s mindset from negative to positive. I explained the impacts that negative thinking can have on learning.
In this blog, I’d like to give you practical tips to changing a student’s mindset. Let’s get right to it!

Paper activity- At the beginning of each class, take a few minutes to get the student to list some of the words they have been meditating on during the week.I recently tried this out with one of my students. I got him to list all the words that he often thought of himself and replace it with a positive word. For example, he often tells himself that he cannot remember anything he learns. So, instead of him meditating on this, he has replaced it with the sentence, “with more practice I will begin to remember all the content.” I explained this concept to his mother. She was very happy that I was doing this with him and thoroughly agreed that if he believes he can do something than he’ll be able to do it. Therefore, creating this opposite word game is essential to replacing bad thoughts with good ones and will therefore eventually cause students to believe it, leading to ultimate success in learning.

The wrist band effect- This activity is a quick illustration to show your student the power of words and thoughts. Purchase a plastic rubber band and get your student to wear it around their wrist. Anytime the student thinks or says something negative, get them to flick the band once. Yes, this will cause a slight painful and red feeling, but please note that getting them to hurt themselves isn’t the point I’m trying to make. What I’m trying to show is that just as they flick the rubber band and it hurts their wrist, with a stinging feeling, that is exactly what happens on the inside when we think negative words. Essentially we are hurting ourselves on the inside. Therefore, this illustration will show your students just how powerful words and thoughts are, and how they directly effect learning, and will get them to become more aware of what they choose to meditate on.

Flash card activity – Get your student to write a bunch of positive words on each flash card and get them to stick it up in their room. It’s a great idea for them to be able to speak the words aloud once a day, as verbally speaking the words has proven in studies to enable thoughts to go from head knowledge to revelation, essentially causing them to believe they are what they speak.

A list of positive words include:

  • smart
  • successful
  • easy learner
  • overcomer
  • happy
  • enjoyable
  • improver
  • champion
  • intelligent

Keeping a record – Lastly tutors, this is your job! It’s a good idea to keep a record of your student’s progress in their learning. If you see improvements, even little ones within their work ethic, motivation and test scores, it is evident that keeping a good mindset is the key for progress and change. It’s your job to remind them to keep their thoughts in check to ensure they continue to become successful learners.

So, if you are struggling for ideas on how to get our student’s to improve in their work, you may have missed one essential key, they need to change their mindset! Now that you know the benefits of positive thinking and believing what you say and think, attempt these simple keys out to put this into practice and watch your students become more successful, motivated learners!

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About Chiara Petrelli

Chiara is one of our Tutoring Melbourne team members. Chiara has always been a role model student and enthusiastic high achiever, earning numerous academic awards for a wide range of subjects during her school career including Italian, English, Religion and Society and Legal Studies. She achieved an impressive ATAR in the 90’s with especially strong results in English, and she is currently undertaking her Bachelor of Arts / Education degree at the University of Melbourne where she is studying to become a fully qualified School Teacher.

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