Inspiration, Well-Being and Success Tips – Do you have grit? – Week 7


Inspiration, Well-Being and Success tips for your 11 Plus

Inspiration for Students


In previous weeks we have looked at the importance of optimism and perseverance.


Related to optimism and perseverance, the question this week is, do you have ”Grit”?


Grit is made up of perseverance and optimism, but also defined as having some other things too.


Angela Duckworth roughly defines grit as keeping going to achieve a goal over time can predict success.


And this is relevant and important to ask for any goal that you want to achieve in your lifetime, not just for now.



The key according to Angela is to break things down into manageable parts! This is so true! We can think of all sorts of challenges and projects that we have broken down into chunks and just kept going with – even the creation of this course was not an easy thing to do!

Grit is passion and perseverance for long-term goals.

One way to think about grit is to consider what grit isn’t.

Grit isn’t talent. Grit isn’t luck. Grit isn’t how intensely, for the moment, you want something.

Angela Duckworth



Success Tips 

Checking your answers

In Maths- always check how logical your answer is. Is it actually possible?

It is really important with Maths to get into the habit of making sure you have not made an error, so double check your answers.

In the exam, there may be trick answers. Those answer which most people assume are correct, but are actually incorrect.

So, get into the habit of thoroughly checking the logic of your answers.


In English-  your grasp of vocabulary is really important for all the sections. Again, so trick questions in synonyms and antonyms may look similar to the question. Don’t be fooled.

Check your answers and if you are not sure, you can also use a process of elimination to look at those answer options which just do not fit.


NVR- Take your time on NVR.

It’s very easy to look at the answers too quickly and assume you have found the correct answer before you have looked at all of the answer options.

So take your time.

Always look at all the answer options before you make your final decision on which to choose.

Otherwise, you can easily lose a point by choosing too quickly.





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