Perseverance is an essential trait that students demonstrate when they encounter difficulties in achieving a learning goal during their educational journeys. It involves the development of state of mind that perceives learning challenges such as failure as something that is constructive, experiential and necessary for creating mental schemata and cognitive processes that lead to new learning. Student perseverance may not be viewed as directly related to cognitive learning domains but rather coherent to more social and emotional learning.
Associated competencies that may stem from perseverance and social and emotional learning may be self-management, self-directed learning and self-awareness. Building productive and constructive relationships with peers and teachers may also be perceived as a form of perseverance as the student creates an umbrella of mechanisms being used for alleviating and mitigating difficulties and barriers towards reaching a learning goal. Other aspects that may influence the degree of perseverance are indeed socio-cultural especially related to regional socio-economic and cultural aspects. Persevere students set goals and are committed to achieve them. Persevere students is not necessarily about being excellent students but is about overcoming challenges, collaborating with peers and teachers and showing initiative and curiosity. Also they are aware that understanding is analogous to the proportion of effort they put into their work.