We’re back to school. The first term in the new year has started and I know everyone has been busy getting off to the best start possible.

In this first issue of The Learning Brain for 2016 you can take a look at some free back-to-school downloads that you might find helpful.

Plus read how scientists now believe our capacity to remember is 10 times greater than previously understood.

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PS: There is a whole new set of the Maths Skills Booster worksheets for you as well.

Brain Research on 2nd Language Learners May Help Predict Learning Success

A new study of brain connections in second language learners was published last month in the Journal of neuroscience.

It showed that specific brain connection patterns appear to be related to 2nd language learning ability. People with naturally stronger connections in those brain areas learnt the second language better than others whose connections were weaker. Read more.


Memory Capacity 10X Greater than Previously Thought

MemoryResearch by neuroscientists at the Salk Institute in the USA suggests that our brains have 10 times more capacity to remember than previously thought.

“This is a real bombshell in the field of neuroscience,” said researcher, Professor Terry Sejnowski. Hidden under the apparent chaos and messiness of the brain is an underlying precision that was hidden from us, the Salk research revealed.

An interesting outcome from the research is that it could help computer scientists build ultra precise, but energy-efficient, computers capable of sophisticated learning and analysis, such as speech, object recognition and translation. Learn more.

Pencils Free Download

Maths Skills Booster – February Worksheets

Thanks again for sending through your Maths Skills Booster feedback, it is very encouraging. Here are a few recent comments:

  • Helping me realise I’m doing well
  • Very worthwhile and appreciated
  • Teaching a variety of autistic students
  • Reinforcement of concepts

Ready for your new set of Maths Skills Booster Worksheets? You can download the February worksheets here.

Did you miss out on the original Maths Skills Booster? You can get it here.

Book of the Month

The Teenage Brain

A Neuroscientist’s Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults

Dr. Jensen, a neuroscientist, Harvard University professor and a mother, explains the recent explosion of adolescent brain research and how this research can help us better understand and help young people. This book also highlights opportunities to enhance the health and well-being of young people during the second decade of life. Read more.

Looking for a Solution for your Child’s Learning Difficulties?

Father of 6 tells of Fast ForWord Success with his Children

Dr Con Kafataris, father of six, has been on a bit of a journey to find Fast ForWord for 2 of his children. After trying a few avenues, including speech pathology, Dr Kafataris came across Fast ForWord through a book titled, “The Brain That Changes Itself” by Dr Norman Doidge. The science seemed plausible, so he decided to give it a go. In his own words, the changes have been phenomenal. Read/Listen to his heart warming story here.

What’s On?

Life Risk 

The National Future Schools Expo and Conference will be held this year at the Australian Technology Park, Sydney on March 2 to 4, 2016. Learn more.


Finley Quiet Nnoisy Class RedoBack to School for 2016

It’s that time again!  Why not take a look at these 30 techniques to quiet noisy classrooms – from kindergarten to high school.  Read more.