What’s a Better Predictor of Achievement than Intelligence, Grades, or Personality?
The answer is hope.
That’s right: a study led by Psychologist Alex Wood of University of
Manchester has revealed that hope trumps general intelligence, personality
and even previous academic achievement in predicting success:
A 3-year longitudinal study explored whether the two-dimensional
model of trait hope predicted degree scores after considering intelligence,
personality, and previous academic achievement.
A sample of 129 respondents (52 males, 77 females) completed measures
of trait hope, general intelligence, the five factor model of personality,
divergent thinking, as well as objective measures of their academic
performance before university (‘A’ level grades) and final
The findings suggest that hope uniquely predicts objective academic
achievement above intelligence, personality, and previous academic achievement.