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IQ Doesn't Predict Success: Student Skills That Really Matter

What qualities and skills best predict student success later in life?

The answer might surprise you, said Daniel Goleman, writing for HuffPost Education. He reviewed research indicating that students who don’t have the highest IQs in their class--but get high grades--share a quality called “grit.” This means they keep plugging away, despite setbacks and failures.

Another key research finding is that children with the best “cognitive control” had the greatest financial success in their 30s. Cognitive control, similar to the concept of executive functioning, refers to the ability to delay gratification, maintain impulse control, manage upsetting emotions and remain focused.

Consistent with these findings, Goleman said, are studies that identify skills which set “star” employees apart from average ones: self-awareness, self-management, empathy and social effectiveness. Experts characterize these skills as “emotional intelligence.”

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Article by Celine Provini, EducationWorld Editor

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