The Importance of a Student Mentality

We’re sure you have heard the term, “student mentality” before, but our team at Innovation Station is here today to break it down and give you some methods to practice this form of mindset. If you’re eager to learn daily, if you’re excited to grow as a professional, if you’re hungry for success, keep on reading to dive into the minds of those who practice having a student mentality consistently!

“You’re in charge of your mind. You can help it grow by using it in the right way.” -Carol Dweck

First thing’s first, what the heck is a student mentality? It’s much simpler than you might think. A student mentality is a mindset that anybody can obtain. Those with a student mentality continue to be “student” in life, even after their time in school has ended. If you’re a student for life, this means that you are always hungry to learn more; you research, you read books, you listen to podcasts, you continually educate yourself because you want to develop into the strongest version of yourself. This type of mindset means you’re not afraid to ask questions. In fact, it means you ask many!

Step One: Think like a Student

Remember when you were in high school for 7 hours a day, when you went from class to class learning about a variety of subjects? Now, fast-forward to high school or college graduation. Hooray- no more classes! Right?

While it’s exciting to no longer be forced to attend classes, do homework, and get tested and graded on every little thing you do, there tends to be a problem when people’s educational careers come to a close. “If I don’t have to learn this, why should I?” “If I’m not being tested on it, why do I need to master it?”

Wrong. You’re tested on your mindset and your skills every day of your life, and graduating from school doesn’t change that. Why wouldn’t you want to be the best version of yourself? The simplest, yet sometimes the most difficult step is to simply begin. Change has to begin within yourself, and it starts with your mind. 

You have to:

  • Define your goals and purpose
  • Come up with a plan to reach them
  • Set deadlines for yourself
  • Believe in your ability to succeed
  • Be hungry for knowledge
  • Take ACTION


Step Two: Act like a Student

Once you have clearly defined your goals and allowed yourself to believe that you can achieve anything your mind conceives, it’s time to get resourceful. When you were assigned a research paper in school, what did you do? RESEARCH. Assign yourself a topic to learn more about and don’t stop until you feel like you could write an A+ paper. Take advantage of all the resources at your fingertips. Listen to free podcasts, check out books from the library, do some Google Scholar searches. Always be resourceful.

While you’re learning about these topics, if you come across questions- don’t be afraid to ask them! Reach out to a mentor, send an email to the author or podcaster, do some extra digging online. Whatever you do, never stop learning and never stop questioning.

Overall, the two keys ingredients to maintaining a strong student mentality boil down to thinking like a student and acting as a student. Join us in our hunger for success, and start practicing a student mindset today!

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