Hang Out With Smart Peers

Although this article speaks to college success, the same principal can be applied to K-12. Hang out with students and peers who are academic successes. Motivated, interested in learning.

 “A study in Southern India shows that high-performing roommates may have greater influence than friends or study partners. Success in college may take years of preparation, dedication, and hard work — but it also helps to have brainy roommates, a Stanford study suggests.”

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Self-Imposed Deadlines-Do They Work?

“Some early research found that imposing a deadline might at least be better than waiting until the last minute. In a 2002 study, researchers Dan Ariely and Klaus Wertenbroch hired 60 students to proofread three passages. Some of these test participants received a weekly deadline for each passage, some received one final deadline for all three, and some could choose their own deadline. The readers got a dime for every error they detected but were docked a dollar for every day they were late.

Despite the penalty, participants who imposed their own deadlines performed worse than those given evenly spaced weekly deadlines in terms of detecting errors, finishing near deadline, and generating money (see below). Then again they did better than those given one final deadline. Ariely and Wertenbroch concluded in the journal Psychological Science that self-imposed deadlines, while a reasonable strategy to curb procrastination, “were not always as effective as some external deadlines in boosting task performance.”

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Perfectionism Can Suppress Creativity

Much in the same way the Stanford Design School (affectionately known as the “d.school”) founder and his brother have shown that creativity is oftentimes suppressed by a fear of failure Stanford d.school founder on creative confidence; you may also see this perfectionism stalling your child’s efforts with homework.

 If you’re the parent to whom you would describe as a very capable child, but your child is exhibiting a lack of desire to begin homework, takes too long to complete a “simple” task, or shows anxiety before tests, these could be indicators of perfectionism and/or fear of failure. Check out the article and see how these educators lead their students to a place where they are comfortable sharing their ideas.