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How to Help Students Overcome Fear of Failure

Delhi ,India, 17 March 2017 -- Considerable research has been done into the human psyche to know why we are afraid of failures and how we can adapt our thoughts and behaviour to overcome this emotion. It has been documented that fear of failure is directly associated to self-worth. It has been found that students put themselves through unbelievable psychological plans to avoid failure and maintain a sense of self-worth.

Some of the Best schools in Delhi are working towards using such techniques in classroom, which condition students’ mindsets and enable them to acquire self belief. It is only through confidence and strength of beliefs that one overcomes challenges. It has also been observed that some of the nursery schools in Delhi believe in conditioning students’ right at the preschool level. As they grow up, they will turn out to be confident individuals who do not give up in any situation.

The faculty at Presidium school understands this concept and drives its students towards overcoming their fears and achieve their dreams. Here are some important tips for teachers for helping students deal with feelings of failure and help them to achieve their true potential:

1. Emphasize effort over ability:

Many teachers have started giving more importance to student efforts rather than their ability. This is particularly important for teachers of primary students at nursery schools, as research shows that when children get older, they tend to give more value to ability over effort.

Teachers should provide specific feedback that recognizes and praises the efforts of students. Studies show that students who receive this kind of feedback are motivated to succeed and have the belief that they can succeed. Advice them to try harder if they fail even after putting in a lot of effort to succeed, otherwise, they will doubt their abilities and eventually start accepting failure.

2. Encourage students to practice self-compassion:

The heart of the fear of failure lies somewhere between self-acceptance and being able to see ourselves as who we really are. This is where self-compassion should set in. Rather than making our self-worth dependable on academic success, appearance, or popularity, we should value ourselves only for the fact that we are human beings and should learn to accept that failure is part of the human experience.

If we practice this, it is easier for us to extend compassion to ourselves when we fail. Rather than self loathing for not being perfect in academics, we should practice self-assurance which is kind and compassionate. This makes it easier to look realistically at the situation that caused failure and then consider how to improve next time.

Research shows that people who practice self-compassion recover quickly from failure and are likely to try new things.

3. Build positive relationships with students:

This is specifically important for those students who accept failure. Research shows that students are motivated to try their best when the teachers who they are attached to value their performance in academic tasks. Students are less motivated when faced with teachers who they feel do not care about them.

Talking to students about how the fear of failure will impact their lives is crucial. When subjected to such conversations, they feel grateful for the information as it helps them to take control of their attitude and behaviour in school.

Understanding how the complexity of fear can lead some students to success in school while pushing others to give up-makes it clear that telling students to have courage and deal with the situation makes all the difference.

Gaining a better understanding of the fear of failure makes us more compassionate and understanding towards students as well as ourselves. The key is that teachers should know their students well and identify when they are starting to engage in behaviour that encourages acceptance of failure. These little changes could make a positive impact on students and help them in school as well as in life.

Presidium is a senior secondary school redefining education in India. It was conceived and established by renowned educationist and popular parenting expert, Mrs.Sudha Gupta.
School Name: Presidium School
Business Type: Education
Work Phone: 7838654446, 41781100, 32417772
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Submitted by Presidium School, Presidium School on Friday, 17 March 2017 at 1:53 PM
Category: Education
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