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Self-Efficacy Guide for Students

Empower yourself to reach your learning goals by building strong self-efficacy.

Marianne McChesney

on 14 September 2015

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Transcript of Self-Efficacy Guide for Students

What is self-efficacy?
Growth Mindset
Growth Mindset is the foundation for how to approach learning.
Effective Effort
Effective effort is the key to achieving your learning goals.
Failure, Growth

Keep these inspirations inside your heart and mind.
Post reminders of them where you can see them.
Growth Mindset
Mistakes help me learn.
Success is mostly determined by constant effort and effective strategies.
Good students ask for help and feedback on their work.
I can't do this . . . yet!

Self-Efficacy Guide for Students
Why is self-efficacy important?

Strong self-efficacy helps you
do your best work.
get the most from your learning opportunities.
develop the mindset and confidence to reach your goals.
Not only is self-efficacy important for your classes,
it is important for life!

Mistakes are a sign of weakness.
Success is mostly determined by the intelligence you are born with.
Good students can do it by themselves.
I can't do this.
Fixed Mindset
With a growth mindset you can improve your abilities and become more intelligent!
Time and Focus
Strategies and Practice
Find out what study strategies work for you.
For example, break down large assignments into smaller chunks and collaborate with study partners.
Share and exchange study strategies with your peers.

You are not expected to understand everything the first time, so don't be discouraged if you don’t get it right away!
To be good at something takes practice.
To master something takes a lot of practice!

Resourcefulness and Feedback
Get help from teachers, coaches, study partners, student help centers, on-line tutorials - use as many resources as you need.
Seek feedback from teachers and peers for what you did well and what needs correction or more work.
Ask how you can improve.

Put in the work and effort to get the job done.
Stick to it until the task is done.
Find a way to make it work.
The right kind of effort empowers learning by increasing motivation and resilience.
“It’s not that I’m so smart, I just stay with problems longer.”
Albert Einstein, Nobel Prize winner in Physics
Dedicate the time needed to get the job done.
If a task is taking too long, then you probably need to re-focus your attention, adjust your strategy, or find resources to help.
Give the task your full attention.
Get rid of distractions.

What about tests?
Tests are one way to measure how well you demonstrate your current knowledge – not how smart you are!
If you are disappointed in a particular score or grade, use it as an opportunity to reflect on how you can do better the next time.
Challenges and failures provide the opportunities
you need in order to learn the most!
Affirming your strengths gives you the “I can do it!" feeling.

Seeing a reminder of what you value and hope for keeps you motivated.

Knowing that you have support along the way gives you encouragement.

Being in the right mindset helps ward off stereotype threat and negative thoughts.
Things that make me happy.
Things I do well.
People I care about.
People that inspire me.
Places that comfort or relax me.
Character traits that I value.
Hopes and dreams.

Think about . . .
Why keep these in mind?
Being aware of your learning process helps you become a better learner.
Get in touch with what helps you do your best.
When you challenge yourself you become stronger.
Mistakes are temporary set backs that help you learn.
Failure is an opportunity to grow.
Your self-improvement is a measure of success.
Self-reflection helps you understand yourself as a learner.
Ask yourself . . .
How do I feel about my learning experience?
How do I learn the best?
Was the task too easy, too hard, or just right?
Did I give my best effort?
Self-efficacy is your belief in your ability to succeed in a particular situation.
Dwek, Carol.
Mindset: The New Psychology of Success
. New York: Ballantine Books, 2007.

“Understanding Self-Efficacy: Helping Students Do Their Best Work,” workshop presented by EDCO Collaborative and IDEAS (Aug. 2015). www.edcollab.org/

A fixed mindset limits your learning.
A growth mindset liberates your learning.
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