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Preconceived Notions and Learning

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The phrase, “Math is hard” is one that is commonly heard. People say it off-handed not realizing the impact it actually has on students’ education. When people enter a math course with the expectations that it will be difficult they will often, consciously or unconsciously, tell themselves, “It’s okay if I don’t do well in math because it is difficult.”

This mindset can lead students to not put their full effort into learning and as a result, receive a low grade.  It is best for students, as well as, parents and teachers to avoid placing a negative stigma on math, so that the pupil can enter the course with a fresh mind that is ready and willing to learn.

Another problematic phrase uttered is “English is easy.” This statement is just as problematic as calling math hard because it undermines the students who struggle with English. If a student puts their best effort forward in learning English and still has difficulties, hearing that it is an easy subject may discourage them and make them feel less intelligent than they actually are.

Preconceived notions can hinder learning by setting negative mindsets for ‘hard’ courses and undermining the difficulties of ‘easy’ courses. Each student has their strengths and weaknesses, so it important to remain as unbiased as possible when presenting and approaching different subject.

This article was written for you by Jennifer one of the tutors with SchoolTutoring Academy

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