growth mindset

Growth Mindset: The Dark Matter That Can Improve Your Abilities

After a poor performance in the mid-term test (or at any other task), have your thoughts wandered in this direction:

“I’m a total failure.”

“I suck in math.”

“Everyone else seems to be doing better than me. I’m just not cut out for this.”

“Life is unfair, and my efforts are not going to make a difference.”

“The teacher is biased.”

If such thoughts often cross your mind, then you display fixed mindset, one of the two mindsets (the other being growth mindset) first articulated by Carol Dweck, one of the world’s leading researchers on achievement and success, and the author of bestseller Mindset: The New Psychology of Success.

When you finish an article or book on how a superstar became successful, I bet most of you wonder, “How can I emulate this guy?” You, of course, know ‘ten ways to be A+ student’ and the like, but you also know that knowledge of those ten ways is not enough. They alone won’t take you there. You need few underlying, invisible forces working like your DNA to lead you there.

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A Surprising Study Hack for Students – Physical Exercise

It’s an ultra-competitive world. In academic tests at national/ international level, if you don’t finish in top few percentiles, sometimes under 1%, you’re unlikely to achieve your goal of getting admission to your dream college or that coveted fellowship.

In pursuit of such tough goals, diligent students go all out to get an edge on any front – study material, tutors, diet, energy boosters, and so on.

And even Physical Exercise (PE)!

You read it right. Physical exercise. Physical exercise of a certain kind, though. And it’ll help you even if you’ve a modest goal of just improving in your most challenging subjects.

how to pull off an all-nighter?

How to Stay Awake All Night to Study – Learn 11 Healthy Ways?

A big submission due tomorrow? Or maybe an exam where you’ve a mountain to climb in a single night? Willy-nilly, most students need to pull out that occasional all-nighter to atone for procrastination.

How can you make an all-nighter, first of all, feasible (it’s tough, isn’t it?) and, then, less taxing on your body?

In this post, I’ll cover when you must completely avoid an all-nighter, how you can make it less painful, and what you should do the next day to recover from it fast.

how much sleep do students need

How Much Sleep Do High-School and College Students Need? [Research-backed]

More than 90 percent of American High School students and nearly 70 percent of college students are chronically sleep deprived, resulting in academic and health consequences.

If you’re like most, then you too are getting far less sleep than recommended for a balanced life.

National Sleep Foundation put together a high-powered panel of 18 scientists and researchers from reputed medical associations in the U.S. to study our daily sleep requirement. The panel gleaned through more than 300 studies, and came up with following recommendations:

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6 Test-Taking Strategies for Multiple Choice Exams [Backed by Data]

Ever got stuck on multiple-choice questions in a test where you were not certain about the answer? Or, you had to rush through the last few questions due to paucity of time.

When faced with such situations, the best you can do is eliminate as many options as possible and make an educated guess?

Educated guess!

Yes, that’s one of the obvious secrets behind the success of top test-takers in multiple-choice exams.

But, are you really making educated guesses?

why students panic in exams and how to avoid it

Faced Nerves and Panic Attack in Exams? Learn 7 (Research-Backed) Ways to Control It

(Warning: it’s a long post, but it’ll answer your query on the topic thoroughly.)

14 April 1996.

US Masters.

In one of the worst chokes in golfing history, Greg Norman, the then world no. 1, squandered an almost unbridgeable lead of six shots to lose by a big margin of five shots to Nick Faldo.

3 July 1993.

Women’s singles final at Wimbledon.

Jana Novotna lost the first set 6-7 to Steffi Graf. Won the second 6-1, and was leading 4-1, 40-30 in the final set.

She had the momentum and, more importantly, a massive lead. Yet she failed to close out the match and lost five games in a row from there to concede the final set (and the match), 4-6.

student procrastinating

How to Stop Procrastinating and Start Studying – 7 Practical Steps

Have you switched to Facebook or checked the score of your favourite sports just before starting an important, though unpleasant, assignment from your school?

Have you stared at the blank screen of your laptop for long and then moved to something else when writing the first few paragraphs of the paper due next week?

Have you enjoyed planning and brainstorming sessions a lot, but pushed deadlines when it came to execution?

We all have fallen to these when starting out on an important task, and wondered, “How can I move my butt, and then not quit?

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How to Get Rid of Distractions from Smartphones and Internet?

Morning.

You take the seat in your favorite corner, and open your math notes. Today you’re determined to complete the assignment you’ve been procrastinating for almost a week.

However, just before starting, you decide to check your inbox. You check, and you don’t find anything worth your attention. (That’s what is going to happen if you check too frequently.) Because it got done so quickly, your digital-thirst isn’t quenched. You decide to skim your Facebook feed as well. After all, you plan to be off internet for three hours immediately after this.

You’re on a slippery slope now. You like (thumbs up) few pictures, leave few comments, chuckle at a funny video, and then click on a click-bait BuzzFeed article, which lets you slip further to a YouTube video. And then few suggested videos from YouTube’s long list of seductive thumbnails and titles…

By now, you’re neck deep in entertainment and procrastination, ignoring what you set out to do.

Sounds familiar?