Why is Math Easier For Some Than Others And What to Do About It

Feb 3, 2021 | North Fresno

Have you ever noticed that math comes easy to some student, and other students must work much, much harder to understand? Why is that? To find the answer, we must go to the source.... the hippocampus.

The hippocampus is a complex brain structure embedded deep into the temporal lobe. It has a major roll in learning and memory.

Well, what does a hippocampus do in making some kids understand math easier?

Researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine found that when kids begin processing mental math, the brain reorganizes itself to use its short-term memory center, the hippocampus.

The results of this study found that when kids can switch from procedure-based strategies (like counting on your fingers) to memory-based retrieval methods (already having it memorized) they have more stable improvement in their problem-solving skills.

Mann Koepke of the NIH, who funded the study, said that:

"If the child’s brain does not have to labor over simple math, there is more short-term memory space to learn new concepts, so they catch on earlier and faster. It appears they have a competitive advantage because of the cognitive structure, and are more likely to outperform their peers."

The more a student practices math, the more the process becomes "mental math"- something they're familiar with, and soon memorize. 

Hmmmm. So where is the best place to practice math? Don't worry, we've got you covered. 

Mathnasium of North Fresno offers tutoring to ALL LEVELS of math learners. Those who memorize quickly, using mental math. And those who are using procedure-based methods. We specialize in helping kids excel from whatever level they find themselves.

Have an advanced math student? We've got you covered.

Have a student who's fallen behind? We've got you covered.

Have a student somewhere in between? We've got you covered.

Parents are noticing the changes that Mathnasium of North Fresno is providing for their students:

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