June 30, 2008

Tutoring Tools: How Attitudes Affect Grades – A Worksheet

by Dennis Congos, University of Central Florida, originally published in The Learning Center Exchange

In the most simple sense, it appears an attitude is some state of mind about an object, fact or situation. Since attitudes are revealed through our behavior, the way we behave lets others know our state of mind about something.

It was once believed that attitudes were unchangeable and once acquired, we were stuck with them. Now we know this is not true. Psychologists say that we tend to do what we tell ourselves to do. Therefore, if we have negative attitudes, these negative attitudes affect what we expect of ourselves which in turn, affect our actions. For example, those with the negative attitude that they "can’t do math", are almost assured of trouble when attempting math. A negative attitude limits performance, saps motivation, and inhibits learning.

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