Since I started tutoring seven years ago I have learned about brain development and how students gain math skills. I have seen time and again where a student will not learn a concept (such as operations with fractions) and then suddenly gains the skill and "gets it". This sudden gain in skill actually came from two things - repeated effort and time for brain development. When a person thinks the brain constantly makes electrical connections. If a concept is previously learned that connection in the brain is already established. However, if there has been no previous connection it takes repeated firing of the brain cells to make those connections stick. This is where the effort comes in. You actually are wiring your brain! Students need to keep trying and do as much work as they can in order to get those strong connections! It’s pretty exciting to see those moments happen in a tutoring session!
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