Students who find joy in the learning process and focus less on assignments and grades are more likely to develop into lifelong learners. Active learners distinguish themselves from passive learners by fully participating in the process (e.g., get hands-on, ask questions, and think outside the box) rather than sitting back and waiting for the teacher to deliver information to them. This type of engagement allows students to creatively solve problems in school and in life. In simple terms, active learners and lifelong learners take responsibility for their education and growth. Demonstrating responsibility can lead to increased trust, reliance, and responsibilities from adults. Students who choose to “jump into” learning can find more satisfaction than if they are compelled to learn.
Setting goals and establishing small habits can lead to more learning and personal growth because it creates intention and direction for students’ efforts. Focusing more on personal achievement (mastery goals) rather than comparing achievement with others (performance goals) can inspire better attitudes for lifelong learning.