Learning at Portsmouth


Have you ever thought about the impact of your beliefs on learning?

What do you think will be the biggest influence on your learning and performance when you come to study at university? Most people when asked this question answer that success at learning depends mainly on intelligence: “the cleverer I am, the better I’ll do”. But research has shown this is not the case! Your learning outcomes (and your grades) are determined less by your intelligence than by your beliefs, because your beliefs influence:

  • your learning decisions (e.g. choosing to go to university or not)
  • your learning motivation (e.g. whether you procrastinate)
  • your persistence (e.g. whether you give up on a task you find hard)

Let’s look in a little more detail at belief in this context. There are two main types:

  • self-theories – what we think about ourselves; and
  • implicit theories – what we think about the nature of things in the world around us.

Select an option from the sections below to continue learning about mindsets and how they can affect your learning.

Self efficacy

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What is a mindset?

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How do I know what mindset I have?

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