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How Understanding Your Brain Can Help You Learn

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.

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Key Ideas

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 State Of The Education

The State Of The Education

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. 

Resilient people are more likely to bounce bac...

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.

Meditation fosters mindfulness

“[Meditation] is not about clearing the mind; it’s about focusing on one thing. When the mind wanders, the meditation isn’t a failure. Our brain is like a wayward puppy, out of cont...

Incorporate meditation in your life

  • Walking meditation. “We weren’t meant to sit in cubicles all day and when we disconnect from nature, we suffer a lot of stress.”
  • Red light meditation. While stopped at a red light, turn off your radio and focus on deep breaths.
  • Running/cycling meditation. If you run or bike, leave your headphones at home and focus on the experience.
  • Eating/drinking meditation. As you eat or drink, focus on the various flavors, textures, and sensations of the particular food or drink.
  • Waiting meditation. While in line, observe your breath or surroundings.
  • Task-related meditation. For example, washing your hands, folding laundry, taking a shower, washing dishes, or brushing your teeth can serve as mini-meditations if you focus on the experience and stop your mind from wandering.