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What Does the Brain Do?

The Brain Affects School Work

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 CAN know.

There are many things you can do to be a better student. See e-book, 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 Language 

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 Older

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.



The Brain Controls Emotions

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