Brain training for students
Anybody who is learning is a student. Students’ brain training is basically improving their learning abilities. To learn, is to acquire new skills by means of either studying or by experiencing or by being taught. But not everybody can learn at the same pace and that is why, even though a group of people are taught the same skill, some learn it quicker while some struggle and need a lot of practice.
How exactly does learning take place?
Learning is nothing but the formation of new neural connections or strengthening the existing ones. The networks of neurons become stronger and more efficient with practice and they grow in size with the increase in the strength of the network. This is because learning grows the grey matter in the brain.
The ability to influence neural connections is called neuroplasticity. The structural and functional changes in brain imaging reflect neuroplasticity. Although there is an age-related decline in neuroplasticity, the brain regions are still malleable, and can strengthen the connections depending on how much they are practiced.
So, how do we improve learning?
Some of the tips to improve your learning are:
- Lots of practise : But this might not be the most efficient solution, since the amount of work you put in learning a simple task might not pay off in the longer run, but it surely makes you get better at the task that you’ve been pratising.
- Boosting the student’s morale : Make sure you understand how the brain works, how everything is possible with regular practice and be confident about yourself. Encourage yourself. Self-confidence is the key to success in whatever one attempts.
- Connecting the new information with what they already know : Since there’s already a connection in their brain for that information, relating to it would make it easier to learn.
- Improving the brain’s plasticity : Brain, actually the grey matter in the brain, grows every time we learn something new or practice something that we already know. The brain keeps modifying its physical structure to accomodate the increased grey matter and the varied strength of connections. This property of the brain to alter itself is called neuroplasticity. It helps to learn better and can be improved with the help of neuroplasticity training exercises.