Most parents and teachers encourage students to practise and apply what they learn in class to other situations after school. Any push back from students is part of adolescence, but if they knew how their brains learn new things to build habits, they might well be more open-minded. Neuroscience has shown that our brains rewire themselves when they experience new things; called Neuroplasticity. Their brains create new neural pathways by joining millions of nerve cells, called neurons, together. The more often they repeat something, the stronger these pathways become and the faster the messages travel down them. Our brains love searching for patterns and deliberately practising creates patterns which in time become habits. On the other hand, when these pathways aren’t used, they wither and die. That is why learnt material needs to be revisited for the brain pathways to strengthen. Study and practise develop brain pathways for their memories to remember things. Practising at the same level will improve their reliability but will not result in personal or academic growth. To achieve this, they need to increase the difficulty of what they practise. Reprocessing learnt information is more effective in strengthening neural pathways as compared to simply reading over work that is already done. The more we work our brain with the information the quicker and more reliable the recall becomes.
Mr Ryan Cheers
Deputy Principal - Students