How Do Girls Learn Differently From Boys?

Classroom learning and gender differences

Boys Brains and Girls Brains. Are They Different? Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

Many studies have found that both girls and boys take a different approach to learning. If you’re teaching a mixed class, here are just a few of the learning differences that could be worth taking into account in order to get the best out of your male and female pupils.

The difference between boy brains and girl brains

Understanding the best way to learn means looking into the brains of both genders. Whilst not always the case, women generally have a larger hippocampus that is better suited for writing and vocabulary, whilst men have bigger cerebral cortexes specialised to spatial and mechanical functioning.

Generally girls will develop their flair for writing and vocabulary before boys. Girls may learn better from written or vocal instructions as a result, whilst boys will often respond better to practical demonstrations.

Boys need to be more active

Girls can still be prone to fidgeting – but it’s largely a boy thing. Boys often need to be doing something active to learn. They benefit from storyboarding a story with images before writing it, using blocks to do simple mathematics or taking part in a science experiment to see how it is done. Girls still an interactive environment, but may not need to be keeping their hands busy as much as boys.

Classroom learning games can be beneficial to both genders. Girls may benefit more from word games, whilst boys may prefer games that involve moving around.

Girls can be more self-critical

Studies have found that girls can often be more self-critical of their grades than boys. It’s for this reason that a girl getting straight ‘A’s may still kick themselves for wanting to do a better, whilst a boy getting all ‘B’s might be more content and not want to strive for those ‘A’s despite having the potential to do so.

As a result, smart girls may need to be built-up more, whilst smart boys may need to be knocked down a peg or two. This should all still be done in a positive manner, congratulating girls whilst encouraging boys that they have the ability to achieve even better.

Girls look to adults as an ally

Girls will often look to a teacher as an ally and someone that they want to impress. They may also be more determined to impress parents and carers than boys. They want to do adults proud and see them more as confidantes and as a result can often take their criticism with more trust and belief.

Quite often, boys aren’t interested in what adults think. They may be more likely to get high grades to compete against other classmates or simply to compete against their own past grades. Boys may be less open to criticism unless given sufficient reasoning. Rather than being told ‘don’t do this…’, they may respond better to being told ‘don’t do this because…’ allowing them to understand why it is wrong (in contrast, girls may be more likely to trust that it is wrong without needing further reasoning).


Helping a Loved One Through a Mental Health Disorder

When a friend or relative suffers from a physical illness, it’s tough. But at least the process of finding the best possible treatment is relatively straightforward. Unfortunately, when those conditions are of a mental capacity, you don’t even have that type of solace. But you can still do a lot to help the victim through this very difficult time.

Whether the sufferer has opened themselves up or you’ve spotted the signs of an issue isn’t important. Many victims endure the pain in silence, so simply knowing that there is a potential problem is a breakthrough. Then again, it counts for very little unless it is followed up in the right manner. Quick action is key.

Help a friend or relative suffering in silence

Helping a woman suffering silently with mental health issues. Photo via Flickr.

Discussing those anxieties and fears can be beneficial for the victim. In truth, though, professional help is needed. You wouldn’t try to fix a broken bone without the help of a doctor, and medical support is equally vital for repairing mental scars too.

Nonetheless, you can still do a lot to help your friend or relative. Firstly, you need to know that they are set to receive the right treatment, which means understanding the risks. Knowing the fallout of when EMDR goes wrong will give you a better chance of knowing whether it’s right or wrong. Essentially, every patient is unique, and an appreciation of the condition’s source is vital.

There are many different treatments available, and those initial sessions are the key to a quick recovery. Mental health can be broken down into many different disorders. Likewise, there are varying stages of severity. Whatever happens, your patience could make a telling difference. Those medical services can be expensive, though, which can cause further problems. Whether it’s relinquishing assets on behalf of the victim or providing a loan isn’t important. Removing those financial worries one way or another is pivotal. Continue reading