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What is mindset?

A person's mindset is their attitude towards something. When learning, modelling or solving problems, a mathematician's mindset enables them to persevere when they hit difficulty.

Why is it important?

It is vitally important to have a growth mindset in mathematics. A fixed mindset (either positive or negative) limits what a student believes they can do or what they are willing to try.

What's involved?

The following are very important for developing a growth mindset in mathematics:

  • Positivity

    Positivity

    "Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you're right." Henry Ford

    It's important to stay positive in your outlook to mathematics. Negative thoughts limit creativity and learning.

    Try to turn thoughts like "I'm going to fail this test" into "I'm going to try my best."

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  • Perseverance

    Perseverance

    "It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer." Albert Einstein

    Perseverance goes hand in hand with versatility. When we encounter difficulties, we must have the patience to stick at it and the creativity to try something different.

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  • Personal Engagement

    Personal Engagement

    When beginning your journey in mathematics, start with what you are interested in!

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  • Confidence

    Confidence

    Confidence is a delicate balance. Experience success and confidence increases. If students experience failure and don't accept mistakes as learning experiences, this can lead to anxiety which prevents learning.

    Endless practice of mathematics questions rarely helps!

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