As a parent, you know the range of emotions that your child can experience in a single day. They may wake up cranky, be happy after breakfast, and be upset after a particularly hard day at school. If you’re a teacher, then you see the emotions of all of your young students every single day. They may be anxious before a test, sad with the grade they get, or angry when a classmate mistreats them. Emotions can sometimes get in the way of academic learning, and there are many studies comparing the difference between traditional intelligence (IQ) and emotional intelligence (EQ). At LearningRx, we want to help students boost their cognitive skills and improve their IQ, but we also recognize that EQ plays a big part in a student’s classroom experience.
When you open a brain training center, it’s important to set expectations for yourself, your staff, and the students who will come to learn. While the academic expectations can be readily outlined, the emotional expectations can be a bit more difficult. Brain trainers will come to work with their own emotions, and if a child arrives after school feeling anxious or upset, getting them to focus on cognitive improvement could be a challenge. It’s important to talk with your staff about setting reasonable expectations for their students and understand that some days will be easier than others.
In any academic environment, it’s important to find a balance between challenging curriculum and a comfortable atmosphere where a student wants to learn. If they come to your LearningRx center after a tough day at school where they received a low grade on a test or had an issue with a classmate, it can go a long way if they feel welcomed and cared for by the staff. If all they’re facing is what they perceive as more “work,” they may not be as inclined to put forth as much effort.
Traditional and emotional intelligence are both integral aspects of every person’s life, and finding success often requires a good combination of the two. With brain training, we not only want students to unlock greater cognitive power, but also find greater confidence that translates into everything they do. They may be more inclined to speak up in class or help a classmate with a tough assignment, which improves their social skills and adds to their emotional intelligence. Above all, we want students to succeed in everything they do, whether it’s a math test or a sale they have to make during their first job right out of college.
If you’re interested in learning more about our brain training franchise opportunities, please contact us right away. We’d love to speak with you about how you can open a center in your community and impact students of all ages. You’ll be able to build relationships with parents, students, and leaders in your community, and contribute to both the IQ and EQ of everyone who visits.