Your motivation or desire to complete schoolwork and to perform well in school is important to your success. There are several types of beliefs or feelings that influence your motivation to learn. A few of the more common influences include:
Self-efficacy – your beliefs about your capability to perform specific activities
Mindset – your beliefs about whether your ability is fixed or “changeable”
Goal Orientation – the specific reasons you have for approaching a learning activity
Anxiety – your worries and fears about performing poorly on an academic evaluation
Think of self-efficacy, mindset, goal orientation, and anxiety as building blocks of motivated behaviors.