The Role of Positive Self-Talk in Student Success


I’m sure you’ve heard the old adage that in life and in business, you are the average of the top five people you spend time with. Well, I’m here to tell you that this is also true for your students. In fact, when it comes to student success, there’s one thing above all others that determines whether or not a student will succeed: positive self-talk.

Self-talk can be powerful.

Self-talk is a way to help you focus on what you want to achieve, motivate yourself, and manage emotions. It can be as simple as saying “I’m going to ace this presentation” or “I can do it!” Self-talk can also be used in more complex ways such as visualizing your success before taking action.

For example: When I was studying for my graduate degree in education at the University of Colorado Boulder (UCB), I had a lot going on in my life outside of school–including working full time and caring for my elderly parents who lived with me during their final years of life. My husband was deployed overseas with the military several times during this period too! Needless-to -say it was stressful but manageable because I knew how important education was for both myself and our family’s future.

Self-talk can help students focus on the task at hand.

Self-talk can also be used to help students focus on the task at hand. When students are working on a difficult task and find themselves getting distracted, they can use self-talk to refocus their attention back onto the work at hand. For example, if you’re trying to learn a new math concept but your mind keeps wandering off into other areas of interest (such as what you’ll do after school or how hungry you are), using positive self-talk will help bring your thoughts back into focus so that they stay on track with what needs to be done in order for learning progress to continue smoothly.

Self-talk is also useful when it comes down to staying motivated during times when things don’t seem quite right; this type of positive language helps keep emotions in check so that they don’t get out of control and lead towards negative consequences such as poor performance or even quitting altogether

Self-talk can remind students to manage their emotions.

Self-talk can also be used to help students manage their emotions. Students who have trouble regulating their feelings may benefit from using self-talk to remind them of the importance of staying calm and focused when dealing with stressful situations.

Self-talk can also be useful for managing frustration, which is one of the main reasons why students give up on tasks or activities that they find difficult. If you’re having trouble understanding something, try talking yourself through it before asking for help from others. This will make it easier for you to stay focused on what needs doing rather than feeling discouraged by not knowing how things work yet (or even feeling ashamed).

Self-talk can also help students cope with failure.

Self-talk can also help students cope with failure. When you experience a setback, self-talk can be used to refocus on your goals, get back on track, and remind yourself that failure is a normal part of the learning process. In fact, many successful people have said that their biggest successes came from overcoming failure. If they hadn’t failed at something in the past–and learned from it–they might never have reached their full potential as individuals or professionals.

Positive self-talk is essential for student success

Positive self-talk is essential for student success. It can help students focus on the task at hand, manage their emotions and cope with failure.

Self-talk is a form of internal monologue that we all engage in throughout our day; it’s what we say to ourselves when we’re thinking about something or making decisions. You might be surprised to learn that most people engage in negative self-talk 80 percent or more of the time! When this happens, it can lead to feelings of anxiety, depression and low self-esteem — which are not good for anyone’s learning environment (or any environment).

If you want your students’ brains to work optimally so they can achieve academic success, then make sure they use positive self-talk as much as possible during class time — starting with yourself!


Self-talk is a powerful tool that can help students succeed in school. It’s important for students to remember that they are not alone in this process and that there are many people who care about their success. Positive self-talk can be especially helpful when it comes time for them to cope with failure or deal with difficult situations in life where they may feel overwhelmed by emotions such as anxiety or stress.