While I am a coach, this subject is about denying coaching, but it isn’t like that.
I’ve had many student riders from beginners to national level riders.
All of them differed with how fast they comprehended things and how fast they learned skills, and it wasn’t related to their skill level.
Since there were students who would ask me the same things over and over no matter how many times I’d taught it to them, there were also students who applied various things after being taught once and were able to practice on their own.
I taught my students how to acquire a strong ability to think.
Because of this, students who had the ability to think well were able to quickly choose what they should do instead of losing their way.
Furthermore, students with strong abilities to think can choose the most important things at any time even when there was no coach with them, and can choose the quickest way to improve.
Therefore, any uselessness in their improvement process is eliminated.
Students with strong abilities to think tend to learn so fast because of this way of understanding.
Well, now let’s try to think about this from a neuroscience standpoint!
The function of the Brain
To start, let’s understand the functions of the Right and Left brain.
Below is an excerpt from a website.
The Left Brain is the conscious part of the mind that thinks, remembers and calculates carefully through language and theory (Conscious Brain.).
Because it is a small capacity part of the brain that is steadily working very hard getting so much information and sorting it out, it needs to delete information to memorize the next information, so it is the “short-term” memory.
Also, this part of the brain is not very durable and tires easily from mental-straining, conscious thoughts and can become stressed out. It’s often said that only 3% of the entire brain is used, but that 3% is a job mostly for the Left brain.
The Right Brain recalls memory through images rather than with language, and can calculate a large quantity of memories at high speeds.
In short, the brain can instantly recall a memory through imagery, just like when taking a picture.
If the impression of something seen, heard etc. is vivid and strong, the Right Brain stores it in the subconscious for a length of time dependent among how strong its impression is.
And, it also has the job of quickly bringing back a memory when it’s needed, suddenly having an idea, and bringing out the power of intuition.
Furthermore, adding emotions to your studies will have the data stored in the subconscious (Right Brain).
What’s happening in student’s brain?
So students who apply what they were self-taught and practice on their own work their Right Brain extremely well.
And, inside the Left Brain information is sorted, then only the needed information is selected it and then simultaneously converted into images in the Right Brain.
Furthermore, the joy from studying is added as an emotion, and again is stored in the Right Brain.
Something like this can happen inside the brain.
On the other hand, student who hear the same things over and over again will obediently practice it without thinking about attaching other knowledge or experience.
Because of this, even if they were only able to do something, it can be stored in the Right Brain as a feeling of happiness from “The fact that I was able to do it”.
Therefore, they remember the feeling of being able to do it, but they won’t remember anything specific that was taught to them.
Most of the Left Brain isn’t being used.
In other words, on top of not being able to process and choose information on their own, they don’t pair an emotion with their studies and the likelihood that they will remember their studies is extremely low.
Actually, I had a lot of students like that.
Students who don’t have a very good ability to think will obediently practice what they were taught without thinking about it deeply.
However, since they don’t think about it deeply, they won’t have the joy of finding out something on their own when they were taught.
And since there’s no emotion accompanying it, it won’t be stored deeply within the Right Brain (Subconscious).
Therefore, when there’s no coach nearby, they won’t know what they should be doing, they won’t be able to find ways to solve problems, and they won’t be able to make their own decisions.
These kinds of things happen.
They won’t be engrossed and won’t think about it any deeper by only being taught.
By adding an emotion, the consciousness (Left Brain) puts the information into the subconscious (Right Brain).
Naturally, the feeling will be from wanting to study, what they discovered, what they noticed. and the fun.
Their Left Brain should first be activated, but I want my students to get to the point where they can study while having these feelings.
I also aim for lessons that will naturally bring out the feeling of wanting to learn for my students!
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