In a previous post, I discussed the importance of confidence in a learning environment for students. A lack of confidence can have a severely detrimental effect on a student’s ability to succeed in school. Below are two easy tips for building confidence:

Positive affirmations.

Spoken positive affirmations are an easy and effective way to build confidence. Take a minute out of your morning before school to stand in front of the mirror, stare your reflection in the eye, and affirm yourself: “I am in intelligent student. I can learn and master this material with enough time and patience. I shall invest in the material because education is an investment in my future, and that is worth investing in.” It may feel cheesy and silly at first, but many successful people can attest to the positive contribution which positive affirmations made in their confidence. Affirming your abilities and your desire to learn and invest in yourself through spoken word can play a powerful role in building the confidence you need to succeed academically.

Get feedback from the teacher.

Your instructor knows the best way to understand and learn the material, and they have seen your past performance in class. Talking to them about how to improve your academic performance can give you an idea of how to improve and give you a sense that there is a way to succeed in the class. Knowledge and education is power, and armed with it, you will feel more empowered to do well, thus strengthening your confidence in your own learning abilities.

Confidence is too critical a quality not to address when it comes to education and academic performance. Fortunately, it is a quality that may be developed over time, as with any other skill. I hope these tips can help students build confidence both in and outside the classroom.

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