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How Understanding Your Brain Can Help You Learn

Everyone is Skilled

The natural talents and skills of youngsters are quickly dashed at school, where they are told by parents and teachers that they aren't that smart, based on the prevailing metrics of measurement.

It is a myth that our brains are fixed and we cannot learn about new topics, something that negatively impacts education.

Learning can take place at any age and has no racial or gender stereotypes.

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Everyone is Skilled

The natural talents and skills of youngsters are quickly dashed at school, where they are told by parents and teachers that they aren't that smart, based on the prevailing metrics of measurement.

It is a myth that our brains are fixed and we cannot learn about new topics, something that negatively impacts education.

Learning can take place at any age and has no racial or gender stereotypes.

The Brain is Always Changing

Schools that are practicing 'tracking' where they group students based on their test scores and abilities are hampering their development. They mistakenly think that the brain is fixed and these students are 'learning disabled' for life.

Every time we learn something, the brain is forming, strengthening and connecting neural pathways, at any age. We never stop learning, but stigmas and wrong beliefs at an early age impact the learning process.

Embracing Mistakes

Just giving the right answer in a test isn't enough. The brain works and learns better when solving difficult problems, absorbing it for a lifetime. If teachers make it all right to fail and provide students with the space to make mistakes, it can be incredibly freeing.

Your Beliefs Shape Your Learning

The power of auto-suggestion works like magic on the brain. Having negative ideas (pessimism) is linked to negative outcomes regardless of other factors.

If you believe that you can learn then you can.

Different Approaches and Tools

Deploying innovative and new educational strategies provides a multi-dimensional approach to learning. When different brain areas are engaged, inter-brain neural activity is developed.

Learning different subjects and skills also enhances one's creative problem-solving abilities and provides new associations/connections with unrelated fields of knowledge.

Faster Isn't Better

Measuring the speed of learning in a timed test gives out the wrong impression that speed equals competency, and is generally useless.

Engaging with the material in flexible ways with plenty of time to absorb and study is the best way to long-term learning.

Collaboration

Learning together can only work if the idea of individual performance and rankings is not drilled in students. 

Learning together reinforces the idea that everybody has problems and learning is a process, with common obstacles.

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The shutting of schools due to the pandemic has meant a sudden shift towards digital education, with many parents, teachers and students scrambling to get things in order.

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Trouble Bouncing Back

The pandemic and lockdown are a type of disruption in school/college that can create a gap, taking a young person’s mindset off- track, and coming back on track can take years. This pandemic is traumatic for many people, and youngsters get affected by such experiences deeply, as they have an impressionable mind.

How to Decrease the Gap
  • One way to decrease the negative impact of 2020 is to have extra classes at the end of each school day and decrease the number of holidays.
  • Another suggestion is to recruit an army of tutors, consisting of recently unemployed professionals, to educate the children.

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Resilience

Resilience is the the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or significant sources of stress. 

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Resilience is a skill

Resilience isn’t something you’re born with, but something you build. 

Psychologists say it’s comprised of behaviors, thoughts and actions that anyone can learn — a skill that can be improved, just like running or speaking a new language.

Common patterns in building resilience
  • Relying on others. Resilience has a lot to do with leaning on the people around you and with developing strong, supportive connections.
  • Trust your own abilities. Keep a list of accomplishments you’re proud of to serve as a reminder of the times you’ve been resilient before.
  • Be kind to yourself. Give yourself permission to set physical, mental and emotional boundaries.
  • Change your outlook. While you can’t always control the situation, you do have control over how you respond to it. Cultivate optimism in the face of adversity.
  • Take the next step, even if it’s small. Build hope. Make a list that includes a goal, steps to achieve it, potential obstacles and strategies to overcome them.
Re-reading and highlighting

Both of these study strategies are relatively ineffective. Passively reading the same text over and over again won’t do much for recall unless it’s spaced out over time. 

Different learning styles

Systematic studies of learning styles have consistently found no evidence or very weak evidence to support the idea that matching the material to a student’s learning style is more effective.

Right or left-brained

There is no conclusive evidence that people preferentially use the left or right hemisphere.

Certain functions are processed more by one region of the brain than others, and this is known as lateralization. But we all use our entire brain equally.

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