Emotionally intelligent students get better grades
It's not enough to be smart and hardworking and students must also be able to understand and manage their emotions – a skill known as emotional intelligence – to do better at school than their less skilled peers as measured by test scores, says a study.
The concept of emotional intelligence as an area of academic research is relatively new but there is evidence that social and emotional learning programmes in schools are effective at improving academic performance.
"Although we know that high intelligence and a conscientious personality are the most important psychological traits necessary for academic success, our research highlights a third factor, emotional intelligence, that may also help students succeed," said researchers.
They analyzsed data from more than 160 studies, representing more than 42,000 students from 27 countries, published between 1998 and 2019.
More than 76 per cent were from English-speaking countries and the students ranged in age from elementary school to college.
The team of researchers recently found that students with higher emotional intelligence tended to get higher grades and better achievement test scores than those with lower emotional intelligence scores.
What was most surprising to the researchers was the association held regardless of age, said the study published in the journal Psychological Bulletin.