Seven Common Growth Mindset Scenarios and Responses

This handout provides seven common scenarios that mentors might encounter when supporting a student around academics. It provides examples of responses that can promote a growth mindset and reframe negative thinking.

As a mentor, you will encounter multiple situations where you can encourage and reinforce a growth mindset. But even if you understand the concepts of growth mindset, it may not always be clear what to say when confronted with a student who is struggling to persevere or who is shying away from challenges. This tip sheet illustrates some of the messages you can deliver about mindset in response to common situations you may face as a mentor.

This handout can also be used to supplement in-person mentor training and can be a great tool for role-plays and other activities where mentors can practice delivering the right message at the right time. 

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