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Sunday, August 9, 2009

Math and Brain Types

Sunday, August 9, 2009
Some research suggests that different types of learning styles can affect how quickly and efficiently students learn math skills. This research suggests that left-brain dominant students can have an easier time grasping concepts and solving problems in math and science, while intuitive, artistic, right-brain dominant students take more time to absorb and retain these concepts.

On the other hand, right-brain dominant students tend to have an easier time with analyzing literature, writing essays, learning a foreign language, and designing or creating works of art.

Of course, there is a down side to brain dominance. Taking more time in one subject can lead to falling behind! Students who take longer to learn a concept will often get frustrated and give in. This means that right-brain dominant students' math scores suffer--not because other students are smarter or more capable, but because other students simply wired in a way that makes them faster.

I'd like to hear your thoughts on this. First, take the left-brain right brain quiz, and then share your thoughts with the comment link below. Do you feel that your brain type is related to your grades in math, art, or language arts?