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Affirmations help grades.

Affirmations Improve Minority Student Grades: Do you think that feeling better about yourself might help you do better in school?

According to this study, African-American students who were assigned to write about why they cherished certain values got significantly better grades than their classmates who were asked to write about random topics.

This suggests several possible follow-ups:

1) Does this only work with African-American students? If you go to a school with large numbers of students from other races, maybe one of your teachers would work with you to repeat the experiment with non-black students.

2) Do other kinds of positive thinking work? You could give some of our classmates a simple math or spelling test. Just give the test to a control group, and with the other group, have them repeat affirmative phrases like, "I am smart and good at math" before giving them the test.



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