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The Difference Between How Adults and Kids Learn Tennis (or anything else)

March 26, 2016


March 31, 2016

Being a teacher for over a decade has led me to some interesting observations that have helped me become a better learner of tennis.  We have all heard that kids (Specifically 12 and under) can learn at a much faster rate than adults.  This is true.  But it doesn't stop there.  There are many reasons behind this but there are a few interesting concepts to understand regarding this.  The prefrontal cortex is still being developed as a child (It can take males sometimes in their 20s to have it fully developed!) while an adult has a fully functioning P.C.  The reason why this is important is that the prefrontal cortex gives us reasoning for the world around us.  Adults see things in black and white while children who are still having this developed see things in many different views.  A child can be much more creative in their ways of thinking, allowing them to learn at a faster rate.  Basically, adults' brains are designed to perform while kids' brains are designed to learn.  

It gets more interesting from there.  Research has shown that children can learn faster but can only take in 3 new things at a time while adults need more time to learn new items but can take on around 6- 9 items at a time.  It can take a child to learn 3 new things in 2 weeks while it will take an adult around 6 weeks.  So the amount of information over the course of 6 weeks is the same but how we approach learning is different for a