Growth mindset definition
A person’s mindset has a lot to do with their success. According to Carol Dweck, there are two types of mindsets, the fixed mindset and growth mindset. To give an overview of the growth mindset, here is an excerpt from our Math SAT prep workbook.
“Individuals with a fixed mindset believe that people are born with intelligence and abilities that cannot be changed. As a result, attempting to improve one’s intelligence or ability is futile. Persons with a growth mindset, on the other hand, believe that with training, additional education, and practice, one can improve one’s intelligence and ability to perform a task (Dweck, 2017). As a result, those who have the growth mindset, see unfamiliar territory as a challenge and are eager to learn how to grow and overcome those challenges … If you do not have the right mindset for mastering the SAT and getting a [high] score, no amount of tips, tricks, or knowledge will help you” (Grant, 2021).
Fixed vs. growth mindset
Let us consider two students who are studying for the SAT exam. Alex has a fixed mindset while Jane has a growth mindset. Both students are performing poorly on their practice SAT exam.
Alex has a fixed mindset
With a fixed mindset, Alex will start thinking negatively and consider himself a “reject,” a “failure,” an “idiot,” and a “loser,” among other things. As a result, he will stop studying because he believes he would not achieve a higher score either way.
Jane has a growth mindset
Jane with a growth mindset, on the other hand, will start thinking positively. She will see the series of low SAT scores as an opportunity to work harder on the next practice test to improve and do well on the actual SAT exam.
Work towards having a growth mindset
“Students with a fixed mindset will be unable to learn and thus will not be successful in their academic journey. For