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What factors determine success? What can science tell us about the best ways to learn? Over the past few months I’ve been doing a little research in this area. In this post, I’ll be discussing how to get into the right frame of mind to learn anything, dispelling a few myths about what it takes to become a scientist and talking about a few things that inspire me as a student of physics. Enjoy!

Growth vs Fixed Mindsets

Self-discipline and perseverance have been shown to be far better predictors of success than IQ, social intelligence, good looks, physical health, family income or standardised test scores, among many other factors. To illustrate this, here we have a graph of self-discipline vs IQ as a predictor of final exam scores for American students who were arranged in groups, or quintiles, of 1 to 5 (lowest to highest) in each of the two…

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