By recognizing your learning style(s), you can establish study techniques and approaches which will enrich the quality and efficiency of your learning process. In addition to identifying your learning style, it is also imperative to consider your “mindset.” Your “mindset” is your perception of your qualities, capabilities, and potential.
According to Dweck (2008), there are two types of mindset – that is, a fixed mindset and a growth mindset. Individuals with a fixed mindset believe that their attributes (e.g., intelligence, talent) are fixed and cannot be changed. While individuals with a growth mindset believe that their attributes and abilities can be developed and improved with effort and experience. Individuals who have a fixed mindset can be at a disadvantage because they often see no point in working to develop and improve on their existing capabilities. On the other hand, individuals who have a growth mindset believe that they can develop and improve and thus they are more likely to put in extra effort which has a positive impact on their success and achievement.
Dweck (2008) and others have noted that fixed beliefs can hinder your success and growth by keeping you from making positive changes to increase your potential.
Here are a few tips for cultivating a growth mindset:
The concepts of mindset and learning style are naturally connected. Identifying your learning style and using the right learning strategies will help you develop a growth mindset. In essence, finding the best techniques to enrich your learning process will increase your mastery of new concepts and your motivation for lifelong learning which will lead to higher levels of achievement in school and in your career.
Dweck, C. S. (2008). Mindset: The new psychology of success. New York, NY: Random House Digital, Inc.