Building Better Brains

"Learning Maths in a fun and intuitive way”

Kali Trzesniewski and Carol Dweck of Stanford University, published a study in the journal of Child Development in 2007 that found that both morale and grade points took a leap when students understood the idea that intelligence is malleable

Not only did those students who already believed this do better in school, but when researchers actively taught the idea to a group of students, they performed significantly better than their peers in a control group.

• Practice, practice, practice. Repeating an activity, retrieving a memory, and reviewing material in new ways such as the Abacus builds thicker, stronger, more hard-wired connections in the brain.

• Put information in context. Recognizing that learning is, essentially, the formation of new or stronger neural connections, it makes sense to prioritize activities that help students tap into already-existing pathways. Whenever new material is presented in such a way that students see relationships they generate greater brain cell activity and achieve more successful long-term memory storage and retrieval.The Abacus brings the abstract to life.

• Let students know that this is how the brain works. Breaking through those neuro-mythological barriers that paint intelligence as predetermined may ease students' minds and encourage them to use their brains. For students who believe they are 'not smart,' the realization that they can literally change their brains through study and review is empowering.