• Laetitia deVries

How does my brain learn?

Do you ever get annoyed because you can't remember things?

Frustrated by the amount of effort that goes in and still struggle to remember?

This information may help you to understand why this happens.

Your Brain

Your brain receives information from our environment through these pathways.

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sight hearing touch smell taste moving

To understand how our brain learns it helps us to consider our brain being made up of three compartments.

Short Term Memory - The place where all information is welcome. Your senses provide you with this information. It holds limited amount of information for a very short time.

Working Memory - The place where your brain decides what is important, what needs to be remembered and what can be forgotten and thrown away. It cannot hold information for long as it is so busy receiving information from the short term memory. It is also where we make our decisions about learning and behaviour. Your brain pulls on strategies and knowledge you already know from your long term memory and new information from your short term memory to work on building an understanding that will fit into your long term memory.

Long Term Memory - The place where all of your memories and learning is kept until you want to recall it again. All information stored here must come through your short term memory and your working memory.

Our working memory is important to help us learn and understand new concepts, ideas or information.

There are a few things we can do to help our brain remember new learning.

1. Opening as many pathways as possible to our brain by using our senses as much as possible to explore new concepts and ideas.

2. Believe in yourself that you can actually do the learning. Emotions, self confidence, self belief, and self management all impact our brain and how or if we learn. It is called a growth mindset. There are many posts here that will help explain this further.

3. Let your brain know that the new learning is important by revisiting it or practising it as many times as possible.

4. Enjoy your learning and know that you can do it. Your brain is lazy and won’t do any work if you don’t believe you can learn.

5. Don’t give up even when it's hard. If it is easy then it's not learning.

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