You might want to think about encouraging his or her self-discipline in case you're looking to improve your tween's success in school. Self-discipline not only relates to positive school-related behaviors and the avoidance of problem behaviors like substance use but also strongly to school grades. We're actually talking about a number of different personality factors, when we talk about "self-discipline. Low impulsivity is one element of self-discipline. A child with low impulsivity is able to wait their turn, to stay seated and quiet when appropriate and to avoid interrupting others' conversations. Also self-discipline includes the ability to control one's own thoughts and different actions. A child's ability to delay gratification is an important element of self-discipline and this is very important. A child with strong delay of gratification skills can refuse a small, instantaneous reward in exchange for a larger reward later on. Key to academic success is self-discipline - recent studies by psychologists have shown this. a study of eighth-graders found that self-discipline was strongly associated with marking period and final GPAs, student achievement test scores and selection into a competitive high school – for instance. Children with high self-discipline also behaved differently in relation to school.

School success and self-discipline

They were less frequently absent in particular, spent less time watching television and began their homework earlier in the day compared to children with low self-discipline and did more hours of homework. These scientists found that self-discipline was more important than IQ in predicting every outcome, perhaps most interesting of all. Self-discipline not only makes a child less likely to have problem behaviors that can interfere with school performance but also seems to be related to academic success. A group of psychologists tested middle school students' delay of gratification by asking whether they wanted to receive $5 immediately or $7 a week later. They were also less likely to have had discipline problems in school and had lower rates of substance use – those who waited for the $7 reward not only earned higher grades than their $5 peers. The kids with strong delay of gratification used marijuana, cigarettes and alcohol in particular all less frequently than the kids who demonstrated poor delay of gratification. Interestingly, the researchers also found that the ability to wait for a reward was associated with higher self-esteem. Self discipline – in other words - seems to be related to many variables that are key to school success. It continues to be important for academic and career success well beyond the teen years, although here we have been focusing on studies conducted with twins. The findings regarding problem behaviors and grades have also been repeated with high school students for instance. College students with high self-discipline have been found to be more likely to be inducted into the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa honor society than peers with low self-discipline, even when they are equally gifted intellectually in addition to this.