In the United States, a typical student spends thirteen years of their life in the completion of primary and secondary school—and that’s without taking any form of higher education into account. The pressures of pursuing an education will almost inevitably weigh upon anyone at some point during that time, whether in the form of test anxiety, procrastination, conflicts with a teacher or classmate, or any number of other issues. On top of this, many students come to discover that they have added difficulties stemming from learning disabilities, which they must then adapt to. Luckily, modern research into the brain can help us understand how to positively cope with academic difficulty, and find ways to thrive and succeed in the pursuit of education. We’ve started gathering valuable information on this topic, but haven’t yet curated the findings.
Hailey Hardcastle is a freshman at the University of Oregon and a student mental health advocate. This year she was named one of Teen Vogues 21 under 21 most influential young people for her work on passing House Bill 2191, which allows students to take mental health days off from school.
The way we understand our intelligence and abilities deeply impacts our success. Based on social science research and real life examples, Eduardo Briceño articulates how mindset, or the understanding of intelligence and abilities, is key.
Should you tell your kids they are smart or talented? Professor Carol Dweck answers this question and more, as she talks about her groundbreaking work on developing mindsets. She emphasizes the power of "yet" in helping students succeed in and out of the classroom.