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Examining success: Ability versus perseverance

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Jan 9, 2017, 6:00:00 AM

Examining success: Ability versus perseveranceWhen examining success, often the key is not purely ability ­– it’s effort and perseverance.

There are many naturally talented and skilled people in the world, but without recognising that effort enhances and sustains those talents or skills, they can very easily go to waste. 

A commonly proclaimed thesis states that it takes around 10,000 hours to become an expert at anything. Clearly, expertise in any given area, requires commitment over an extended period of time. 

There is considerable research to confirm that our brain is remarkably plastic. Even in middle or old age, it's still adapting very actively to its environment. Our intelligence is therefore not fixed, nor planted firmly in our brains from birth. It is constantly developing throughout our lives.

So how can boys actively make a difference to their academic potential?

  • Students should seek out challenges rather than avoid them. Even those boys who are achieving well beyond academic expectations should push themselves to grow their knowledge.
  • Do not be afraid to make mistakes. More importantly though, when mistakes are made, boys should take the opportunity to learn from them.
  • Request and embrace feedback from others. It is very important that boys do not ignore feedback. Once an assessment task has been completed, boys should work with their teachers to develop their knowledge and skills in order to address any areas of weakness. Just because a task has been completed does not mean there is no further opportunity to learn. A topic should never be put to bed until it has been mastered.

At Trinity, our aim is to equip boys with the tools they will need on their journey to adulthood. A valuable lesson we aim to teach our boys is that ability alone does not lead to success. Perseverance however, can lead to a world of opportunity. We hope that our students develop a thirst for learning. With this mindset a student’s academic potential is unlimited.

Young people around the world are experiencing an education where knowledge comes from many different sources and mediums. In effect, education for students today is a relational experience. It is relative to what is going on around them. As a result, teaching methods have adapted.

Our teaching staff present boys with the knowledge, resources and learning techniques to succeed, but it’s the effort that our boys put in – how they use these tools – that will determine their success, whether it be in academics, sport or the arts.  

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Topics: Boys' education, Trinity difference, Boys learning, Education