Having been students at one point in our lives, it is important that MathClinic-plus Tutors understand the poor learning habits we faced as students in order to ensure our students do not make the same mistakes. It is also important for students to be able to identify these mistakes themselves in order to correct their unproductive learning habits if they find themselves stuck in them.

Learning habits we develop as younger students can carry on throughout our entire academic career. This can be both a good thing and a bad thing depending on the nature of these habits. We have put together a list of a few common mistakes students of all ages make – try to avoid these!

  1. Not Asking for Help

    Students at times may be unwilling to ask for help or clarification on concepts they may not immediately grasp. Some of us fear it may show we are slower to learn concepts that other students understand quickly. This feeling can be humiliating for some, however is important to remember that all students are here to learn first and foremost. Other students are likely not concerned with this – there is no shame in trying to learn. Students should prioritize learning over what they believe others perceive them as.

  2. Being Discouraged by Failure

    Failing to do or learn something the first time can be very demoralizing for students of any age. It is easy to think you simply are not capable of grasping a concept or completing an assignment if it does not work in your favor the first time around. However it is important to remember that failure is nothing more than another stage in a lot of our learning processes. Failure can sometimes be an essential part of learning. It is important to recognize this when viewing the “shortcomings” of our own efforts and the efforts of those around us. Rome wasn’t built in a day!

  3. Having Low Standards for Your Own Results

    Setting low goals and standards for yourself in your academic journey can limit you. Having thoughts such as “I will never pass this course” or “there is no point in trying, I won’t succeed” are not productive to your education and are common among students who feel demoralized. While a simple change of attitude will not solve your educational hurdles, it will put you on the right path to start correcting them. Having a positive mindset can be beneficial – believing in your own abilities can often be the first step in your efforts to improve your educational experience!

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