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The study, just published in the journal Child Development, shows while IQ is strongly related to achievement when you're starting out with math-. motivation and study skills play a major role as you get older.

Data was compiled from more than 35-hundred German students who were followed from grades 5 through 10.

The results: Students who felt competent, were motivated by good teachers, and used study strategies instead of rote memorizing, saw their math skills shine. In fact, how smart a student was had no relation to growth in math achievement.

The researchers hope their findings lead to new educational programs that help children advance in math and other subjects.

I'm Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV with the news doctors are reading health news that matters to you.

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