Grit for Student Success

“Grit”, defined as having the ability to persist in something and persevere when you face obstacles, is important because it is a driver of achievement and success, aside from what talent and intelligence contribute.  Being naturally talented and intelligent are great, however to truly do well and thrive,  it is important to have a skill set that allows students to persevere. Students who possess the quality of “grit” are more likely to experience academic success, and it is equally as important as talent and intelligence.

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In order to stick with a long term goal such as earning a certificate, diploma or degree, here are some ideas and tools that can help you develop “grit”:

  1. Get Clarity: clearly define what your goals are and be sure your goals are related to your core values.  Get clear on what your course plan is, get clear on whether your program is related to your values and get clear on your “WHY”, so that when things get challenging, you can go back to the meaningful nature of why you are doing this in the first place.
  2. Prime Enthusiasm: create energy and excitement daily by consciously deciding how you want to show up everyday. Get involved, visit your goals daily and create an emotional connection to what you want.  Be responsible for the energy you are projecting and transferring to others and be aware of the energy that is being “downloaded” to you by others.  Draw clear boundaries around habits and people that are energy vampires, so you can sustain the energy that is required to work through challenges. Eat healthy, move your body, look for inspiration from positive people and make time for self-care and connection.
  3. Block Time: time management with intention is a critical skill to possess in order to sustain success long term. identify blocks of time for class, studying, sleeping, and connecting with others.  Block time to engage in school related activity as well as activities outside of school so you feel a sense of control and organization.  Plan your days with intentional tasks related to your goals.  Identify any time wasters and reduce or eliminate them.  Spend time on tasks that create value and eliminate tasks that don’t benefit you.
  4. Enlist a Team: successful students have a team of support and recognize that asking for help is a strength not a weakness. Identify what areas of development are required of you and tap into the resources available on and off campus.  Consider student supports such as writing help, academic coaching, instructors and counselors as being part of your team. Reach out to other students or people in your field of study as mentors and create an environment that allows for success.

If you would like help identifying what tools you require in order to develop grit, follow the link below to book an appointment online and see me for help!

https://www.mhc.ab.ca/Services/AcademicSupport

 

 

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Justine McKennie

Academic Strategist at Medicine Hat College. I am passionate about genuinely empowering students to take control of their academic experience and habits of working so they can have the most fulfilling journey possible at MHC.

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