Your Genes Influence Academic Achievement

Your Genes Influence Academic Achievement

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In the past, scientists have identified certain genes which can influence a person’s IQ.  However a higher IQ doesn’t guarantee better grades and tests scores in school, which relies on a combination of preparedness, confidence, motivation, and a myriad of other traits that contribute to intelligence.  Researchers from King’s College London analyzed the personalities and academic success of more than 11,000 twins, surveying overall happiness to how much they liked school or how hard they worked.

The study found that certain hereditary traits seen in identical twins affecting personality, correlated with higher standardized test scores.  Educators hope that understanding the influence genetics plays on not only intelligence, but a child’s motivation to learn, would stress the importance of personalized classrooms where students can become more engaged.

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