Text: Math Attitudes

Productive Persistence

Many students work hard in math classes—studying long hours, nights and weekends—yet many of them do so using ineffective strategies. Others simply withdraw effort soon after the course begins, or they make mistakes. To help you successfully complete your academic goals, we want you to both persist in your studying and attendance (tenacity) and to do so efficiently and effectively (good strategies). This is called productive persistence. The next few pages of this course will help you develop a plan for how you can implement the idea of productive persistence as an effective way of passing a math course.


One aspect of productive persistence is something called “mindset.” Work through the following activity to learn more.

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