Read our blog for tips to increase your teen's learning potential and take advantage of their uniquely wired brains.

When taking into account the constant reminders for our teenagers to do various tasks (that they have been taught how to do their entire lives), it may be hard to believe that their brains are actually wired to retain information.

While we—the responsible adults in their lives—understand the power that they hold to mold and train their brains, they may not. 

Let’s be real: every year the academic demands and responsibilities increase, which can leave them feeling defeated and believing that they simply “don’t get it.”

How Do We Train the Brain?

1. Presentation, presentation, PRESENTATION! 

The way in which information is presented to them is crucial. Whether you get them to understand by describing the brain as a machine that can be programmed or a muscle that can be trained, just make sure they grasp the power they possess to step into the driver seat of their being and direct their brain towards the destination in which they want it to grow.

2. Begin with the end in mind. 

A positive outlook can make a world of difference. Help your teen identify a learning or academic goal and work with them to envision what it will look and feel like when they achieve it. Part of helping the development of your teen’s brain is first supporting them in believing that it WILL learn—that at the core of its very essence, it was designed to learn.

3. Identify their learning style. 

Short quizzes such as this one by help identify learning styles. Once a teen understands how their brain naturally learns, they’re more empowered to determine the kind of studying and teaching methods that work best for them.

4. Practice makes… progress. 

Now that the learning foundation has been laid, it’s time to establish a routine for studying. In this article, advises teens to make a schedule (and stick to it), “read ahead to stay ahead,” and perhaps most importantly: “don’t just read—learn.” 

What does that mean? If they’re a visual learner, consider incorporating diagrams or pictures into note-taking to make sure the information sticks. If they’re an auditory learner, they may want to request the use of a recorder in class so that they can replay the lesson during their private studying time.

5. Enjoy the journey.

Don’t forget how important time limits and unplugging are for promoting restful sleep and healthy kids. (Hint: using tech tools can help you regulate your child’s screen time.) This journey with your teen may also enlighten you to ways in which you can better communicate with them… and possibly even get them to complete their chores without constant reminders.


About Syreeta Martin

Sincerely Syreeta is the mother of two daughters who remind her to Empathize, Empower, and EVOLVE every day. She is a freelance journalist, talk show host, life coach, motivational speaker, and entrepreneur based out of Philadelphia, PA.

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