Research has shown that focusing too much on grades and performance may not lead to success.

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Do you enjoy being challenged, or do you dislike being out of your comfort zone? What’s your motivation for studying: to get good grades or to learn things effectively (or both)?

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pizzalover 16 July, 2017 - 17:47

Personally, I enjoy the challenges because it makes you want to improve. But, I prefer to stay in my comfort zone because it is what I am and what makes me feel good. Of course, I know there is no such thing as a free lunch in this world and u need to make an effort.
I agree with professor Dweck and I see the problem in actual education too, when I was studying for my final exams I was only thinking about get good marks and that's a pity because from my experience, It is easier study somethnig that you like than study just for get a pass.

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DragonBlood 16 July, 2017 - 16:31

I really loved to read this text, because I felt extremely indentified with it.
It's a well-known fact that our society only cares about how many subjects have you passed with a good mark. If you fail one exam, it seems like you didn't learn anything.

People don't want to know if you learned how to solve a math problema (for example), because they are only focused on the result. Based on my own experience, I failed many exams at school even though I learned a lot. I cried so many times about that, but teachers didn't care.

But this is the problem: They say that you should leave your confort zone, but then, they judge you if you fail.

Why don't we rethink this ironic situation and try to change it?

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catastrophe 17 July, 2017 - 11:33

You do have a good point. I too live in a society where people appreciate marks rather than talents. Or efforts. I do try my best in language. It is not my fault that my second language is as fluent as my first, which is English. And my teachers only stand in favour of handsome or pretty people who score well. Okay, I admit, I do look worse than a monkey(or worse, I don't know, I haven't looked at myself in the mirror for ages ✌) but I do study well, and even though I'm not a good singer/dancer/actor, etc. I'm still a good writer, an artist and some-things-I'm-not-aware-of.
Kids should leave their comfort zone, and they should be appreciated for it. Not judged. That's my opinion. And I don't actually care about what people think of me, I do everything to my best, and if I fail, I just should improve. And you shouldn't cry for failing, it happens to all. Just be strong and set yourself goals to victory. You will succeed.
That which I will, will be
- Holly Lisle, The Ruby Key

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mjruizam 15 July, 2017 - 07:58

As far as I concerned, everybody must leave its comfort zone if they want to get something, In this case, I agree with we should reward children when they really have made an effort for achieving something, not only when they get high degrees. In fact, if you reward them by everything that they achieve, even if it's something that doesn't make an effort for them, they won't try to do it better. In addition, it's very important to train our brain by putting new challenges ourselves every day. .

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FRANGOGA 12 July, 2017 - 09:49

I do share the idea that children from richer and poorer backgrounds have the same potential. To be honest, I would trust more on a person with a poor background but effort and commitment skills than on an intelligent but lazy one. In the same way as Professor Dweck argues, I find a lack of efficiency in the current teaching system. Extra motivation and challenging pills are remaining to get students out of thier confort zone. I am sure this would help them not only in their studies but also in their day by day.

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coldriver 11 July, 2017 - 11:44

I always liked to leave my comfort zone, I consider that when you leave this area you learn more besides working more motivated. During my studies I have always studied to learn, but obtaining good grades in an extra motivation. I agree with Dweck and I believe that the students have to motivate them and to work with difficult problems to develop a "growth mindset".

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Juanraurbano 10 July, 2017 - 00:23

I understand what they are saying, but there are some difficulties to use in a classroom. Apply psychology in education may be see as an advantage as long as teachers prove having the enough skills to use it in a real situation.

Despite of world development in education, today, teachers have not enough training in psychology to put the focus on how to use techniques to turn frustration or handicaps into a motivating competition where everyone wins.

In my opinion, we must use strategies to make learning fun and that the effort is maintained over time avoiding frustration.

I think that is the way.

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Lunanga 19 June, 2017 - 11:37

I don't care whether I like being challenged or not but if I am not life becomes less interesting.
I think both getting good grades and learning things effectively are import because if I got good grades it means that I had learnt things effectively.

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fay4 11 June, 2017 - 21:45

Well, I enjoy challenging myself but I don't like to be challenged with others ... I fear failure . so I dislike to be forced to get out of my comfort zone but with myself I don't stay at it xD
My motivation always is both .. I want to learn things effectively bu I also want to get good marks :)

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catastrophe 24 May, 2017 - 15:25

I usually learn something when I'm interested in it. And I always push my limits. What's wrong in trying? But sometimes, I get fed up. Especially when I do maths. But after a while I try it again. That's me. Try try till you succeed! :))

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wiseteen 23 May, 2017 - 18:31

Well, to be honest, I enjoy being pulled out of my comfort zone, and for me, it shouldn't be called "comfort" zone, because I don't like being in it... It seems like life is meaningless without challenges. We ought to seek for challenges everyday, and push our boundaries further and further every moment. Actually, I'm one of those like to challenge themselves. That's why I love learning. Even if I'm not interested in some subjects, I do my best at school so that I succeed and win the challenge. And when we have lessons that are repeated (in my country, there are many lessons in our programs that we have studied previously, and I think that's stupid) I don't want to go to school.. because it's not worth. (Well, at the end, I go because I have to :p ) the only reason that makes me go to school and aim to perform well and get good marks is challenging lessons that makes me feel I'm human and I can do something, so life is worth living.

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hadia 24 May, 2017 - 08:41

I loved reading your comment! You seem so determined and challenging. Best of Luck. :P
And your name suits you well, wiseteen! :P

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Elsa007 28 April, 2017 - 14:48

Wow, commendable ambition, hadia!! ;)
To be honest, I like being in my comfort zone! But somehow I can't help getting out of it for some reasons... So I try to enjoy being challenged for some unknown reasons! :))

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hadia 28 April, 2017 - 06:46

Both things should be in our mind. To get good grades as well as learn things effectively to better ourselves in practical life.

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