One of the keys to a strong education is learning how to be a better student. That includes training your brain.

By establishing patterns for achieving goals, associations can be formed between what is going on around you. In the future when similar conditions occur your brain is trained to retrieve and facilitate more effective decision-making that drives smarter choices.

Critical tactics for training the brain:
1. Define your actions
2. Set rules
3. Establish rewards

Performance monitoring helps enable this style of learning by strengthening the activity in the brain that predicts rewards and guides your behavior needed to achieve it.

There is more to reward-based learning than meets the eye. The value is in your brain!

Neurocognitive mechanisms of cognitive control: The role
of prefrontal cortex in action selection, response
inhibition, performance monitoring, and reward-based learning
K. Richard Ridderinkhofa,b,*, Wery P.M. van den Wildenberga, c,
Sidney J. Segalowitzd, Cameron S. Cartere