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FYE: First Year Experience Resources: Habits of Mind

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Habits of Mind Keywords

Keywords are the key to searching library resources and unlocking great search results.  Before you begin searching, think of a few words or short phrases that relate to the main idea of what you want to find.  Here are some examples of keywords and phrases related to your Habits of Mind module.

  • grit
  • perseverance
  • resiliency
  • "growth mindset"

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Habits of Mind: Books and eBooks from the Library

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In this must-read book for anyone striving to succeed, pioneering psychologist Angela Duckworth shows parents, educators, athletes, students, and business people--both seasoned and new--that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a focused persistence called "grit".

The Mindful College Student

This book offers powerful skills to increase academic success and boost mental, physical, spiritual, and emotional health--now and for a lifetime. Grounded in evidence-based mindfulness, The Mindful College Student will help you cultivate the cognitive and emotional skills you need to increase well-being and reach your highest aspirations. 

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The Resilience Workbook

The Resilience Workbook offers invaluable insight and outlines essential skills to help you bounce back from setbacks and cultivate a growth mindset. 

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A Student's Guide to a Meaningful Career (First Edition)

A Student's Guide to a Meaningful Career: Choices, Education, and Opportunities serves as a dynamic workbook that will help you uncover your unique qualities, passions, and strengths, then consider complementary career paths. 

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Clinical psychologist, Meg Jay takes us into the world of the supernormal: those who soar to unexpected heights after childhood adversity. Whether it is the loss of a parent; bullying; alcoholism or drug abuse; mental illness; or abuse; nearly 75% of us experience adversity by the age of 20. Jay tells the tale of ordinary people made extraordinary by these all-too-common experiences.

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Resourcefulness at University

This illustrated guide offers advice and practical tips for students to help build resourcefulness. It offers advice and strategies to deal with situations that may be academically and/or personally challenging. It outlines some reasons why it is difficult for 18-24-year-olds to deal with starting university, and offers evidence-based approaches to help manage the transition.

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The Grit Guide for Teens

The Grit Guide for Teens will help you build perseverance, resilience, self-control, and stamina. As a teen, setting and reaching goals is an important part of growing up. Whether you want to do well in school, get into a good college, make friends, excel in sports, or master the fine arts or music--you know you need to persevere in order to succeed.

Habits of Mind: Watch Streaming Videos

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Grit, What You Need to Succeed

In this video (4 min), viewers will learn about grit and the importance of perseverance to fulfill talents. They will self-evaluate the level of grit they are currently applying to their talents and identify ways to further develop their grit. They will discover ways to apply grit into their daily life.

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Growth Mindset

(5 min) Having talent will only get you so far, what individuals really need to succeed is a Growth Mindset. Developing a Growth Mindset through hard work, strategies and feedback from others, will take you much further in everything you do.

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How to Increase Resilience

(10:24) Resilience is an essential skill in the workplace because without it, we suffer and stress far more. We can learn to process stress constructively and perform better because we learn to override our emergency brain and solve problems instead. 

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What Quality Do The Most Successful People Share? True Grit

(7 min) What makes a person successful? For Professor Angela Duckworth, the answer is grit, an intangible trait that motivates passion and perseverance. In a study at West Point, Duckworth found that grit mattered more for success than leadership ability, intelligence and physical fitness.

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Hope Theory at Work

In this video (10:34), Kylie Bell describes how Rick Snyder’s hope theory gives people a stronger chance of achieving their goals. She shares the importance of setting SMART goals (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and timely). People need to visualize what they want, devise logical pathways to ensure it happens, consider alternate pathways when there are setbacks, stay motivated, and plan rewards for when they get there.