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Understanding emotions is nearly as important as IQ for students’ academic success

The ability to understand emotions contributes almost as much to students’ grades as their IQ. Past studies show two personal qualities are important for student academic success – intelligence and conscientiousness.IQ scores explain about 15%of the differences between students’ grades. Conscientiousness, such as having the diligence to do enough study, explains about 5%.