Your mind-set will determine how you interpret a challenge. If you have a growth mind-set, i.e. you understand and believe that your brain grows with use and that you become more adept, you will tend to look for creative solutions and will have a belief that the challenges can be resolved.

If you have a fixed mind-set, i.e. you believe that your intelligence is what you were born with and will never expand, you tend to be limited by challenges and they can present complete walls to future success.

Here are a few tips for growing brains …

  • Practice, practice, practice. Repeating a task, remembering, and reviewing material in a variety of ways helps build thicker, stronger, more hard-wired connections in the brain.
  • Put information in context. Recognizing that learning is the making of new or stronger neural connections, helps learners tap into already-existing pathways. Help your child to see relationships between concepts to generate greater brain cell activity and achieve more successful long-term memory storage and retrieval.
  • Let your child know that this is how the brain works. Breaking through barriers where children believe intelligence is predetermined, may ease their minds and encourage them to use their brains, especially for children who believe they are ‘not smart.’ This realisation that they can change their brains through study and review is empowering.