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Daily work at the Royal Grammar School, Guildford in Qatar is based around our core academic purpose which is to instil a lifelong passion for learning and a determination to excel. Extensive research at RGS has proven that many pupils who progress to further education find it challenging to learn independently without the day-to-day support of their teachers and parents to guide them through their studies. To this end we have developed the sixteen RGS Learning Habits to ensure that all of our pupils develop the habits of mind necessary to continue learning, independently throughout their lives.

Our staff are trained to teach the academic curriculum to the RGS’ high standards in a manner which encourages and develops the knowledge and learning habits that will become the bedrock of a successful adult life.

This approach adds enormous value to the learning because while students achieve the outstanding exam results the RGS is famous for, they also go on to top universities and careers where they succeed because of the foundations that were laid at RGS.

These habits include the ability to learn with creativity and passion, to work effectively with others, to be critical with one’s thought process and to be able to manage one’s own learning and are outlined as follows:

Engagement with Learning

Engagement with Learning 
Love of Learning I enjoy learning for its own sake
Tenacity I am able to respond positively to challenges and persist when I have setbacks and disappointments
Precision I take care to understand tasks and complete them to a high standard
Creativity I am able to be imaginative, creative and/or original when I am learning

Learning with Others

Learning with Others 
Teamwork I am able to collaborate as part of a team with others
Engagement I am an active participant in learning, asking and answering questions and listening to others
Imitation I am good at noticing and able to learn from what others do well
Perspective I am aware and take responsibility for my well-being and that of others


Summarising I am able to look back at what I have done, picking out key points, summarising, distilling and memorising
Reasoning I am able to adopt a rational approach and can draw conclusions from accepted truths or evidence
Linking I am able to apply my skills and knowledge across subjects and in unfamiliar situations
Criticality I am willing and able to test claims of 'truth'

Taking Responsibility

Taking Responsibilities
Reflection I seek out feedback on my work and use it to evaluate and improve my learning
Organising I am able to manage my time and resources effectively
Independence I am an active learner, able to take the initiative and plan my learning; I am self-motivated and take pride in, and responsibility for, my work
Practice I practise to improve my learning