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Hello everyone, my name is Sophia from GEMS Royal Dubai School and I’m going to be talking to you about a few High Performance Learning (HPL) skills I have recently demonstrated and applied in my learning during remote learning. Over the next few weeks, I will be, with great pride and pleasure, going to writing to you about a few HPL focuses, which are made up of VAA and ACP skills, I have showcased in my learning.

Today we will be talking about the skill of intellectual confidence. Before we begin, what do you think intellectual confidence is? Go on have a think.

To answer this question if you correctly showcase the skill of intellectual confidence, you are able to explain your answers and thoughts. A situation where I believe I had shown this skill greatly, was during one of my English lessons. For the session, we were requested to find and explain the different uses of hyphens in a text. When carrying out this lesson and completing the task, I accurately reasoned why I think the hyphens were used and provided examples.

By doing this, I applied the skill of intellectual confidence in my learning because I explained why I answered the question the way I did. At the end of the lesson, after I’d shown intellectual confidence, I think I was able to understand the lesson better as I dug deeper to find out why - by providing examples - instead of just stating my answer. Hence, I had a clearer understanding of the topic and successfully learnt and applied the skill of intellectual confidence. My top tips for the skill of intellectual confidence are that you should practice and enquire. This is the process of reasoning and explaining your answers. To accurately answer all of your questions, you must practice the topic(s) they are based on. As I quoted previously, practice makes perfect.

Once you practice the topic(s) you are to have a clearer and deeper understanding of it. Having a better understanding will help in the future as you will be able to, if required, explain your answers swiftly and with ease. Moving on to enquiring. If you enquire frequently that shows you are motivated and interested to learn the subject. In addition, enquiring gives you better understanding but it also helps you to challenge yourself later on. If you enquire on the topic a lot, you are gaining more and more knowledge of it. For example, I might be learning the topic of angles in Maths. Once I enquire, I have gained information on how to calculate basic angles and as I move on in the lesson I will eventually have a clearer understanding. This results in me being able to challenge myself. I could possibly move on to calculating angles in a triangle, then around a point and so on. Now have a think, what does intellectual confidence mean?

Hopefully you have a clearer understanding of the skill. I have yet another quote that and I think this quote helps you to think about how you can answer unanswered questions. “Silence isn’t empty, it’s full of answers”. To me that quote shows that there are always answers and you simply need to find them with whatever strength and knowledge you have. I hope you have a great week and I’ll see you next time with my next blog!

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