Welcome to the August 2019 Learning Brain News.

This month you can read about what stress does your brain, and how researchers scanned a human brain for over 100 hours to produce the most detailed brain pictures ever.

And you can find out how to help children with ADHD be better organised, what’s involved being a volunteer primary school scripture teacher, and how a Singapore mother is helping children become better learners in 8 countries across Asia and the Middle East.

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Learning Brain News

PS: The reading-aloud course is based on the book “Anne Threw a Streamer”. Read about the book in this month's Learning Brain News.

gaming stressLatest Research

What stress does to the brain

It’s hard to focus and learn when your brain is stressed, even for a short time. But what happens when stress is chronic and there is no break from it?

A new study sheds light on how the brain changes as a result of chronic stress.  Read more.

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100-hour scan gives most detailed view of human brain

Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston have scanned a brain for over 100 hours, which yielded a 3-D picture that’s more detailed than ever before. 

These details could hold clues for researchers trying to pinpoint hard-to-see brain abnormalities.

What's On?



3 things all struggling readers' brains have in common

Research is showing what’s happening in the brains struggling students and what has the greatest impact on their future learning.

You can make more than one year of reading growth per school year with all students.

How do you do this? Join Dr. Martha Burns in this one hour recorded webinar to find out.


Schoolgirl at lesson with opened book against sketch background-1Helping Students With ADHD Stay Organised

How do you best support students with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder who often have difficulty keeping their things organised?

That’s not because they are lazy or careless - their brains are different, and they can also have learning and developmental disabilities like dyslexia, autism spectrum disorders, fine motor delays, or sensory integration issues adding to the struggle. Read more.


Happy group of students holding notebooks - isolated over whiteStudy Strategies Beyond Memorisation - Tips for Secondary Students & their Teachers

A metacognitive exercise can help students know what they should and shouldn’t study.

Metacognition, or thinking about how one thinks, is a useful skill for improving comprehension and learning. Read more.

And for more about metacognition, see related article below: How Thinking about Thinking Can Help Kids.

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The Quest for the Roots of Autism

What causes autism? The emerging narrative today is that there is no single cause — rather, multiple factors, roughly sorted into the categories of genetics and environment, work together in complex ways. Read more.

cheryl chiaThe Learning Success Podcast

Brain Fitness for Children in 26 Centres Across Asia & Middle East

What drove Cheryl Chia, a Singapore based mother of 2 young girls to find the time and energy to build BrainFit (a service helping children develop a learning advantage by strengthening their brains) to a network of 26 centres in eight countries across Asia and the Middle East?

Find out by listening to The Learning Success Podcast.

The Learning Capacity Blog

Kaushik MuraliWhat's involved in becoming a volunteer scripture teacher at your local primary school?

Sydney lawyer, Kaushik Murali, volunteered to teach Hindu scripture when the regular teacher was absent. He was challenged to teach a wide age range - from 6 to 12 years - and needed to answer questions in a way that satisfied all the students.

Read about his experience and his tips for other volunteer scripture teachers.

Checklist-Free Download

Is your child at risk of learning issues - Parent checklist

We often hear from parents who are looking for help for their otherwise bright child who struggles with reading, writing, attention, or other issues.

Complete this checklist to see if your child may be at-risk of a language-based learning disability so you can get additional assistance to prevent these issues from affecting him/her academically in the future.

The_explosive_childBook of the Month

The Explosive Child by Ross Greene

A Helpful Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children by Ross W. Greene.

The Explosive Child offers a helping hand to parents who may feel overwhelmed by having to deal with children whose reactions to everyday stimuli may be far more extreme than normal. Read more.

Screen Shot 2019-07-30 at 8.06.14 pmApp of the Month

Learn Languages with Memrise

Memrise is a free language learning app. It’s popular, ranking at #74 in Education on the App Store. Learn more.

Solutions to Learning Challenges