Most students are under the assumption that math is a subject that is performance oriented and they have to provide the answers in a prompt manner. This approach would be detrimental to our education system where we would have a weak math teaching curriculum. There is a widespread belief among people that some people are better at math and some are not which is quiet debatable.
From our observations, there is not such a thing called as math brain. Sadly, a lot of parents and tutors have an opinion which deters them from learning math. In fact, the myth is pandemic among students except that of Byju’s the Learning App as the class rooms provided by them both online and offline are audio-visual oriented while being thoroughly interactive and makes studying math fun like child’s play.
Unlike the above scenario, students everywhere who perform below par in math are placed in the groups of low scoring students and their load of math would be reduced to a considerable extent and that would take them to an exit door from the domain of math. But this does not have to be like this.
Research from the field of neuroscience has proven beyond doubt that there are close connections between the attitudes and beliefs students cling to regarding themselves and their academic achievements. This directly contradicts the conventional way of thinking that states that academic performance relies solely on the teaching quality and course materials.
Most researchers are of the opinion that tiny shifts to change our approach to learn math could have a colossal impact on student’s performance.
This is where math learning provided by Byju’s differs from others as concepts are taught in the form of animations and innovative manner by their experts in a simple and lucid manner that the concepts stay in the minds of children forever.
Until now Neuroscientists had no idea of the recent finding that the brain has the capacity to grow and shrink. It was established by the London taxi drivers who had to learn by heart all the landmarks and streets in the city to pass the driving license test. At least on an average it takes 12 attempts to pass the test. It was found that the brain part named hippocampus of the prospective drivers was growing immensely whereas the drivers who had retired had their brains shrinking.
Brain Scans of Students with Math Disability
Brain studies have advanced to such an extent that when we make a mistake in math, it would not hamper our brain growth but would shrink it. Study by the neuroscientists using MRI scans of students who are giving math tests saw that when a student made a mistake a synapse viz. the junction between two neurons send electrical impulses despite the student being unaware of the mistake.
The fact is that our brain grows when we make a mistake even if we would not recognize it at the first instance since our brain was coping with the challenge and hence it is the most important period for our brains. Another synapse would send signal across or would fire if the student identifies his mistake and if the students would have a recap of the thought, the first firing of synapse would create a new neural pathway that would amplify your learning. If we wouldn’t have a recap of the first mistake, the synapse would get erased within a short while.
A recent study on math learning disabilities on the group of students figured that the behavioral patterns of the brain of these students differed from these ones without the learning disability. The interesting part from this study was that certain parts of their brain lit up in different areas while they work undergoing math tests. The children were making use of the parts in the brain that are not usually used for math reasoning.
The research scientists taught the student group that were having difficulty in learning math for around two months using math techniques like problem discussion, math visualization and math write ups. After the completion of two months, the brain scans of students with math difficulties had significant improvement to the extent that they were similar to the students without math difficulties.
This study thus proves beyond doubt that everybody could learn math provided they are taught in an effective manner. Neuroscientists are of the opinion that around 2 to 3 percent people would be having difficulty to learn math problems that are advanced level ones.
Resistance from Conventional Math Learners
Another interesting fact on math learning is that students those prefer to learn the subject in a traditional manner often disapprove learning it in a visual way. This thought process has its origin on not understanding how our brain works. When we think about anything in a visual angle, the neural pathways that lit up are different to the ones while we think on numerical basis. Hence, the more pathways a student engages, the more he/she learns.
Math and the Mindset of Growth
Interestingly, most tutors are of the opinion that how a student thinks about him/herself has a great impact on their learning ability. The prominent researchers are of the opinion that adopting the mindset of growth is one of the key factors to bring out the desired result. Most schools are trying to implement a mindset of growth in their curriculum.
A majority of students have a fixed mindset on math compared to other subjects and all of this are due to the fact that tutors think that students cannot achieve beyond a certain level and hence students themselves believe in the same and reinforce the mindset by communicating among themselves on how they cannot perform when the subject matter is related to math itself.
These factors mentioned above would have shown you as to how most students give up learning math owing to a wrong notion of a myth named math brain as such a thing never existed and would never exist in the future.