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Cultivating self-confidence in students

Cultivating self-confidence in students

All of us in life face tasks that we are called upon to do, but how motivated we are to accomplish them varies. Figuring out what factors are linked to motivation and confidence is especially crucial in the arena of academics, because these are both important in promoting positive learning outcomes. When we are more confident about our ability to do something, we are more likely to readily engage in that activity and we will work longer and harder at it than when we doubt our capability. This sense of self-confidence in our ability to accomplish tasks is a very important driver in building motivation. So, where does self-confidence in our ability come from? The biggest single factor is, of course, how well we do. We consider how well we performed similar or related tasks in the past. Success raises self-confidence and failure lowers it, but once confidence is developed, fa...

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