In the average school
The top 15% of students are very quick and able:
they are destined for Grade As
The bottom 15% are slow and always struggle
The remaining 70% can go toward either direction,
to a top grade or to just above the bottom
What will influence the direction of a student?
Their desire and ambition to better themselves.
Their willingness to make more effort and to spend time.
Self belief and confidence, built on little successes.
Attention to techniques and skills for study and revision
to increase study efficiency and reduce time and effort.
Their willingness to work moderately over a longish period
of time: there is no ‘quick fix’ in study.
Sensational effort is not needed but steady plodding
of tasks well leads to success.
Their acceptance they might make mistakes ‘along
the way’ and their ability to learn from mistakes.
Progress is incremental, step by step, but students moving
the correct direction
arrive at their destination.
It’s never too late to start, but once started in the
nobody can know how far a student will go.
NB There is an article on motivation in the Autumn 2010
issue of ehistory [ehistory No 4.], published by
and available free in the Study Centre.