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3 Learner Characteristics That Predict Success

3 Learner Characteristics That Predict Success

Think of a little kid that is just learning to walk. For the kid, success means being able to walk five steps straight without falling down. And to be successful in that, the kid needs to learn to move one leg forward, be stable, and then move another leg forward. It is a series of small learnings that – when combined together – create success.

What makes a kid learn so fast? Apart from physiological factors, attitude is key. Are you motivated to figure things out like when you were a kid? Have you cared more about how others think about you as you’re growing up? All these can largely affects one’s success more than intelligence does.

And you might have already noticed that friends who succeeded are not the most intelligent ones. It’s their mindsets that make them go far. Here are three learner characteristics that may determine why one is more successful over another:

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1. Motivation

Motivation is the desire or willingness to do something. Why are you doing what you are doing? Is your reason enough to keep you doing it for a long time? And enough to get you back up on your feet when you fall down?

To improve your motivation in learning, some of the things that you can do to help you are:[1]

  • Break down goals into smaller ones to have more progress that can further motivate you
  • Build a habit. Choose a regular time to study/work each day so that you set a pattern for yourself
  • Use a symbol for studying/work. Choose an item, like a hat, that you put on when, and only when, you are studying/working or an item that you place on your desk as you study/work
  • Give yourself an affirmation every day. This will boost your confidence and motivate you at the same time
  • Design an adequate environment for yourself. Check lighting, noise, comfort of furniture, etc., in three or four places to determine which spot works best for you

2. Anxiety

When you are anxious about learning something, it affects the learning process. According to a study, children with higher levels of anxiety learned slower than those with lower levels of anxiety. [2]

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If you are always anxious, some of the things that you can do to help you manage it are: [3]

  • Take a time-out. Do yoga, listen to music, meditate, get a massage, or learn relaxation techniques
  • Eat well-balanced meals. Do not skip any meals. Do keep healthful, energy-boosting snacks on hand
  • Get enough sleep. When stressed, your body needs additional sleep and rest
  • Exercise daily to help you feel good and maintain your health
  • Take deep breaths. Inhale and exhale slowly
  • Count to 10 slowly. Repeat, and count to 20 if necessary
  • Do your best. Instead of aiming for perfection, which isn’t possible, be proud of however close you get.
  • Accept that you cannot control everything. Put your stress in perspective: Is it really as bad as you think?
  • Welcome humor. A good laugh goes a long way

3. Positive attitude

Have a positive attitude when attempting to learn something. Do not start off a learning task by having negative thoughts or questioning what you are about to learn. You need to embrace the learning process with an open heart and an open attitude. To have a positive attitude, you should quit complaining. Do not entertain pessimism as this will discourage you from learning.

Learning starts from within. In the end it is up to us if we absorb what we are learning, or not. If we do, the things that we learn will be the building blocks of our successes.

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Below are some great posts that help you build a positive mindset

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This model is adapted from a language learning model

Reference

[1]http://www.uccs.umn.edu/oldsite/lasc/handouts/waysimprove.html
[2]http://psychology.anu.edu.au/research/highlights/how-anxiety-affects-learning
[3]https://www.adaa.org/tips-manage-anxiety-and-stress

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Last Updated on January 18, 2019

7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

Some people will have a rain cloud hanging over them, no matter what the weather is outside. Their negative attitude is toxic to your own moods, and you probably feel like there is little you can do about it.

But that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

If you want to effectively deal with negative people and be a champion of positivity, then your best route is to take definite action through some of the steps below.

1. Limit the time you spend with them.

First, let’s get this out of the way. You can be more positive than a cartoon sponge, but even your enthusiasm has a chance of being afflicted by the constant negativity of a friend.

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In fact, negativity has been proven to damage your health physically, making you vulnerable to high levels of stress and even cardiac disease. There’s no reason to get hurt because of someone else’s bad mood.

Though this may be a little tricky depending on your situation, working to spend slightly less time around negative people will keep your own spirits from slipping as well.

2. Speak up for yourself.

Don’t just absorb the comments that you are being bombarded with, especially if they are about you. It’s wise to be quick to listen and slow to speak, but being too quiet can give the person the impression that you are accepting what’s being said.

3. Don’t pretend that their behavior is “OK.”

This is an easy trap to fall into. Point out to the person that their constant negativity isn’t a good thing. We don’t want to do this because it’s far easier to let someone sit in their woes, and we’d rather just stay out of it.

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But if you want the best for this person, avoid giving the false impression that their negativity is normal.

4. Don’t make their problems your problems.

Though I consider empathy a gift, it can be a dangerous thing. When we hear the complaints of a friend or family member, we typically start to take on their burdens with them.

This is a bad habit to get into, especially if this is a person who is almost exclusively negative. These types of people are prone to embellishing and altering a story in order to gain sympathy.

Why else would they be sharing this with you?

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5. Change the subject.

When you suspect that a conversation is starting to take a turn for the negative, be a champion of positivity by changing the subject. Of course, you have to do this without ignoring what the other person said.

Acknowledge their comment, but move the conversation forward before the euphoric pleasure gained from complaining takes hold of either of you.

6. Talk about solutions, not problems.

Sometimes, changing the subject isn’t an option if you want to deal with negative people, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still be positive.

I know that when someone begins dumping complaints on me, I have a hard time knowing exactly what to say. The key is to measure your responses as solution-based.

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You can do this by asking questions like, “Well, how could this be resolved?” or, “How do you think they feel about it?”

Use discernment to find an appropriate response that will help your friend manage their perspectives.

7. Leave them behind.

Sadly, there are times when we have to move on without these friends, especially if you have exhausted your best efforts toward building a positive relationship.

If this person is a family member, you can still have a functioning relationship with them, of course, but you may still have to limit the influence they have over your wellbeing.

That being said, what are some steps you’ve taken to deal with negative people? Let us know in the comments.

You may also want to read: How to Stop the Negative Spin of Thoughts, Emotions and Actions.

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