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Stanford professor has theory for improving grades, study habits

Original post made by Richard Hine, editor of The Almanac, on Feb 8, 2007

A group of junior high school students were able to markedly increase their grades and study habits after being told that their IQs were like muscles and could be increased through use, according to a new research paper co-written by a Stanford University professor and published today.

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Posted by Academic411.com
a resident of Menlo Park: South of Seminary/Vintage Oaks
on Mar 22, 2007 at 8:59 pm

I think this method is an interesting one. This method motivates students to work harder because this instills confidence which I think is a huge problem with at risk students. In fact, I don't believe that there is a relationship between IQ and being a successful college student. As an academic advisor at a university with a somewhat open admission policy, I've seen students with 8th grade reading skills successfully recieve degrees while taking difficult courses. It took them hours in the tutoring lab and hours worth of encouragement but they did it. I think anything that heightens a students confidence is definetly a good thing.


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