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The Student Mindset: A 30-item toolkit for anyone learning anything
By Steve Oakes, Martin Griffin
In The Student Mindset: A 30-item toolkit for anyone learning anything, Steve Oakes and Martin Griffin provide clear, effective and engaging tools designed to help students plan, organise and execute successful learning.
Successful students find a way to succeed. They get the results they want. And they achieve this not by superior ability, but by sticking to habits, routines and strategies that deliver those results.
By cutting through the noise surrounding academic success and character development, bestselling authors Steve Oakes and Martin Griffin have identified the five key traits and behaviours that all students need in order to achieve their goals: vision, effort, systems, practice and attitude (VESPA).
These characteristics beat cognition hands down, and in The Student Mindset Steve and Martin provide a ready-made series of study strategies, approaches and tactics designed to nurture these qualities and transform your motivation, commitment and productivity.
The book’s thirty activities, while categorised thematically under the VESPA umbrella, have been organised around six key phases of learning so that you can recognise which phase you’re in before choosing from the range of tools and techniques to help you get through it. The six co-existing key phases are: preparation; starting study; collecting and shaping; adapting, testing and performing; flow and feedback; and dealing with the dip. At each phase you’ll experience challenges and discover new ways of working, and this book’s activities have been designed to help you gain control and become a better learner by sharing workload management tactics and revision strategies associated with calm, purposeful study and – ultimately – getting good results. These tools include a range of effective prioritisation, stress reduction, procrastination-busting and mindset development approaches – all neatly packaged into this outstanding practical guide to becoming a successful and confident student.
Suitable for all students.
Chapter 1. Preparation
Chapter 2. Starting Study
Chapter 3. Collecting and Shaping
Chapter 4. Adapting, Testing and Performing
Chapter 5. Flow and Feedback
Chapter 6. Dealing with the Dip
Steve Oakes is the director of education at AQR International, where he leads the work on mental toughness in education. Prior to assuming his current position, he was the assistant director of sixth form at The Blue Coat School in Oldham, where he worked with his co-author, Martin Griffin, for eight years.
Martin Griffin has 20 years’ experience teaching post-16 students, and has been a head of faculty, assistant head teacher and deputy head teacher. He was the director of sixth form at The Blue Coat School and now works with schools and colleges to design and implement character development and mindset programmes.