The Brain Affects
School lessons not only teach you things, they teach
your brain how to learn. The more you learn, the more your brain is
learning how to learn. In other words, the more you know, the more you
There are many things you can do to be a better student.
Better Grades, Less Effort.
Language is Important for Our Thinking
We think most clearly and precisely with language. We
remember best with pictures.
Age and Learning A Second
Foreigners who come here as young children can learn English as
well as U.S.-born children. But children who come here in the 8th
grade or higher have a much more difficult time.
Learn to read early. The first seven or eight years are the most
sensitive time for learning how to read. The longer you wait to develop
reading skill, the harder it becomes.
Brains of Young People Are in Critical Stage of Development
The parts that develop first represent basic senses and movement
controls. The parts that develop later, in teenagers, are the
"thinking" and memorizing parts of the cortex. Note that the
frontal lobes and hippocampal areas are developing in
adolescents. Thoughts and experiences at this age will have
lasting effects on brain "wiring" and capability.
Teenagers Do Not Read Much. They Do Read More As They Get
Yet, reading is the most efficient way to experience and learn large
amounts of new information (assuming you know how to read well).
Teenagers, on average, don't read much at all, even in school.