Academic Struggles

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.


Inside the Mind of a Master Procrastinator - Tim Urban

Tim Urban knows that procrastination doesn't make sense, but he's never been able to shake his habit of waiting until the last minute to get things done.


The Heart-Brain Connection: The Neuroscience of Social, Emotional, and Academic Learning

Neuroscientist Richard Davidson presents his research on how social and emotional learning can affect the brain.


Daniel Goleman: The Emotional Atmosphere of a Classroom Matters

Best-selling author Daniel Goleman speaks to the one thing he would change about education.


How You Can Be Good at Math, and Other Surprising Facts About Learning | Jo Boaler | TEDxStanford

You have probably heard people say they are just bad at math, or perhaps you yourself feel like you are not “a math person.


Why You Should Take a Break: Prioritizing Mental Health in Schools | Hailey Hardcastle | TEDxSalem

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.


Education Speaker Paul Tough: You Can’t Teach Grit. But You Can Make Kids Act Gritty.

Paul Tough, author of “Helping Children Succeed,” outlines the four essential messages students need to receive in the classroom in order to become more gritty, optimistic, and resilient people.


The Power of Believing That You Can Improve | Carol Dweck

Carol Dweck researches “growth mindset”—the idea that we can grow our brain’s capacity to learn and to solve problems. In this talk, she describes two ways to think about a problem that’s slightly too hard for you to solve.


The Power of Belief—Mindset and Success | Eduardo Briceno | TEDxManhattanBeach

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.


Developing a Growth Mindset with Carol Dweck

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.


Rsa Animate: How to Help Every Child Fulfill Their Potential

Ever wondered why kids say they’re bored at school, or why they stop trying when the work gets harder? Educationalist Carol Dweck explains how the wrong kind of praise actually *harms* young people.


Growth Mindset