Learning and the teenage brain

by Julie Baird on July 27, 2010

As a teenager your main job is to grow into an adult – hopefully well adjusted and responsible!

We are told that your brains are specifically wired to help them achieve this task, for some this excuses the stereotypical self-centered teenage attitudes!

Fortunately the vast majority of teenagers, although still wired in this way, are not the stuff of VH1 and E! channel horror reality shows.

The great thing is that this is a great age to actively get involved in learning about yourself.

An important aspect of this is learning how you learn in the first place.

A great tool that is widely used is the VARK learning model developed by Neil Fleming.

By using a quick self assessment it identifies your preferred method of learning.

There are 4 main learning styles:

  • Visual:  Loves graphs and pictures
  • Auditory: Prefers listening and discussing information
  • Read/Write: Loves reading text books, instructions
  • Kinesthetic:  Prefers practical applications and learning by doing

There is a great website to explore at www.vark-learn.com and the teenage version of the questionnaire and scoring can be found at.


It is really quick to go through and can give you a real insight into how you can approach your studies to make the best use of time when school starts again.

If you are struggling to control your time and get the results you know you are capable of then it is time to take action. The Focused Time Management System TM for Students avoids all the clutter and gives you the most important things to focus on to get you back in control of your time and your life. It’s all step by step, not a big mish mash of things. So you do step one of the system, and when you’re done with that, you move on to step two, and so on. So easy! All the tips, tools, and worksheets are handed to you on a silver platter. E mail me at Julie@thegradecoach.com to arrange a time to chat over your issues and see if I can help

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