Succeed at MIT and beyond: IAP course helps develop a growth mindset

January 6, 2016

Many students arrive at MIT riding on years of academic success and praise from teachers, parents, and colleagues. But what happens when you encounter uncertainty and failure? Have you been in a challenging class where you worry about how others will perceive you if don’t sound “smart” enough? When you fail to achieve a specific goal, how do you manage and overcome discouragement and self-doubt? In a four part course, we will examine how our own notions of potential and ability can have a fundamental impact on how we approach our work, how much we learn, and how successful we can be in achieving our goals. The course will focus on recent, evidence-based insights regarding human performance, neuroplastictiy, motivation and on how deliberately cultivating a “growth-mindset” can improve our willingness and ability to face challenges and to innovate, despite the risk of failure.

Dates of classes:

  • Part 1-Jan/12 Tue 10:00AM-12:00PM 8-205
  • Part 2-Jan/15 Fri 10:00AM-12:00PM 8-205
  • Part 3-Jan/19 Tue 10:00AM-12:00PM 8-205
  • Part 4-Jan/22 Fri 10:00AM-12:00PM 8-205

This course is limited to 20 students. Please send a brief description of who you are and why you would like to take this course to Lourdes Alemán at You will be notified via e-mail to confirm registration. Registration is open until 1/8Photo from

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