Setting a Schedule for the Semester

If you’re a parent, then this time of the year can be both the best and worst of times for you. You’re excited that a new school year is starting, but you also know that you may have to fight to get your kids to adhere to a set schedule for the first few weeks of the semester. At LearningRx, we understand the benefit and importance of a schedule, and our brain training programs are designed to help students stick to a process that helps them become better learners both inside and outside the classroom.

Help Them Understand A Schedule’s Importance

Your kids have been able to pretty much do what they want over the course of the summer, with little to no scheduling needed for their daily lives. Unless they had an appointment or they worked a summer job, their day started when they got up and ended when they finally decided to go to bed.

With the new school year starting, it’s important to help your kids understand the importance of a schedule, and how it can benefit them. If they have certain things that they want to get accomplished, then setting up a schedule will help them dedicate time to each task, and save them from spending too much time on one thing, or not enough time on another. If they’re involved in after-school activities or sports, then it’s essential to create a schedule that includes when they’ll work on homework, when they can have free time, and what time they should be in bed in order to be well-rested for the next day.

For example, a 15-year-old freshman girl who is enrolled in brain training could have a schedule that looks like this:

  • 6:30 a.m.-7:30 a.m. – Wake up, shower, eat breakfast, get ready for the day
  • 7:30 a.m.-7:45 a.m. – Leave for school
  • 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. – School
  • 3:15 p.m.-4:15 p.m. – Volleyball practice
  • 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. – Brain Training at LearningRx
  • 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. – Come home, do chores, start homework
  • 6:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m. – Dinner
  • 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. – Free time
  • 8:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. – Finish homework, get ready for bed
  • 9:30 p.m – Bedtime

With an easy-to-follow schedule such as this, this young girl will know how long she has to get things done during the day, and should have plenty of time to do the things she wants to do, while also staying on top of her homework and classwork. Her school will provide her with a daily schedule of how long she’s in each class or lab, and learning to manage her own schedule can help her prioritize those things that are instrumental to her academic success.

It Will Soon Become Routine

The word “routine” can frighten some students, as they often think that it means they’re stuck doing things one way and one way only. However, with a schedule, they’ll soon become accustomed to doing things at the same time every day, and they’ll likely be amazed at how much they can get done. A schedule should also be flexible and allow for unexpected events, and hopefully your child will see it as a way to keep on track, rather than something that hinders their day.

If you’re interested in learning more about our brain training programs and how they can fit into your child’s schedule, then please visit LearningRx today. If you want to know more about our educational franchise opportunities and how you can open a new learning center in your community, then please fill out the form below, and we’ll be in touch.

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The Three Types of Students You May Train This Year

With the new school year nearly here, students all across the country are getting ready to head back to the classroom and resume their academic careers. In our last post, we talked about three things you can do to get kids ready for the school year, and we hope that you’ve done some, if not all, of those suggestions.

At LearningRx, our brain training programs are designed to help students of all ages. Whether they’re starting a new subject this year, or they’ve moved to a new school, students can face all types of challenges when it comes to learning and classwork. In this post, we’ll look at three types of students you may train this year at your educational franchise location.

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The Excited Student

It’s always fun to meet a student who is excited about school, and learning in general. They want to get better at whatever it is they’re doing, and they understand that a cognitive skills program could be the key to helping them improve both inside and outside the classroom. They may have been hesitant when their parent or teacher first recommended your learning center, but now that they’re there, they’re ready to get started.

The Reluctant Student

This student has probably been struggling for a long time with certain subjects or certain aspects of the classroom, and may have tried traditional tutoring methods in order to improve. They might feel like they’re being forced to attend their training sessions, and they may be reluctant to open up and participate during the first few sessions. Being patient will be the key to helping them rediscover their confidence, and see the positives that can come out of working with a brain trainer.

The Non-Traditional Student

LearningRx’s programs are designed for students of all ages, so it’s very possible that you’ll have a few non-traditional students come to your center this school year. They may be older adults who are going back to college to get their degree, or they may be someone who’s dealing with the effects of a traumatic brain injury. Whatever the case may be, you’ll find that our programs contain the curriculum and the processes for helping a student of any age improve their cognitive skills and become a better learner.

These three types of students encapsulate a majority of the ones you’ll see at your brain training franchise this year, but there will always be exceptions. At LearningRx, we want you to be able to connect with every person who walks through your door, and we’re always here to support you in whatever way we can.

If you’re not yet a franchisee, but you’d like to become one, then please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re always excited to meet people who want to help students become better learners and better people through brain training, and we’ll gladly answer any questions you may have about our franchise model and new location placement.

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Three Things to Get Kids Ready for the School Year

It may only be the middle of July, but the new school year will be here before you know it. If you have children who are in school, then you want them to be ready for the new semester and everything that they will encounter over the next nine to 10 months. While you won’t know every lesson and project they’ll have to do, you can get their brains ready to re-enter a classroom environment.

At LearningRx, our brain training programs are designed to help students of all ages unlock greater cognitive potential. Whereas traditional tutoring can help with facts and numbers, our programs can help students access more of their brain power, no matter what it is they’re learning or doing.

In this post, we’ll look at three things that you can do as a parent to get your child ready for the upcoming school year.

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1. Take a Field Trip

You may have already been on vacation this summer, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take day trips to local attractions such as a museum or botanical garden. If your child is going to be taking a science class in school, then why not go to a local science center and see what kind of hands-on learning activities there are? The knowledge a child can gain outside the classroom can always be applied inside the classroom.

2. Develop a Routine

A few weeks before the school year starts, begin developing a routine that gets your child ready for their upcoming schedule. While they may have been able to stay up later during June and July, making sure they go to bed around the same time in August can help them prepare for the first few weeks of school. The brain needs sleep, and by developing a nighttime and a morning routine, you can set your child up for success, especially during the beginning of the semester.

3. Sign Up for Brain Training

If your child has struggled with certain subjects over the past few years, or you’ve noticed that they always seem to be a bit behind their classmates, then sign them up for an initial brain training consultation. LearningRx has centers all across the country, and the trainers at your local facility can assess the strongest and weakest parts of your child’s cognitive abilities.

If there isn’t a brain training center in your community, then we would love to talk to you about how you can start one. Our franchise model offers amazing opportunities for those who want to help students improve their brain power, and we can help you decide if becoming a franchisee is the right choice for you.

The new school year will be here before you know it. If you have a child who will be heading back to the classroom at the end of August or beginning of September, then hopefully these three things will help you and them prepare for the new semester. If you’d like to learn more about our brain training programs, or how you can open a center of your own, then please contact us right away.

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Learning Through the Five Senses

When we think of a traditional classroom, we often think of only two of the five senses – sight and sound – being used for learning. Students sit in their desks, and they hear and see the teacher at the front of the classroom, writing on the board or giving instructions. The students may then write down notes or copy what’s on the board, helping to reinforce both the audio and the visual components of learning.

However, what about the three other senses of smell, taste, and touch? At LearningRx, we want to help students become better learners, and the five senses are what provide the brain with the signals to recognize a certain object, a certain smell, or a certain sensation. While our brain training programs rely mainly on sight and sound to improve cognitive skills, there’s always room for all five senses when it comes to learning!

Sight

Children often begin their learning experience through sight, recognizing shapes, numbers, and colors at an early age. As light enters the retina, the rods and cones translate the light into nervous signals that are carried to the brain. The brain then forms images, and the person’s memory stores the images. If a student is struggling with working memory, then it could be difficult for them to recall what they’ve seen, even if it was just a few minutes before.

Sound

Auditory processing is one of the seven main cognitive skills that we focus on, and if a student has trouble with spoken instructions, then this can be the main target of their brain training. As sound waves enter the ear, the bones and fluid inside the ear canal translate the waves into signals that the brain then processes. This information is then stored, to be recalled when necessary. Sound is a very important part of the learning process, especially in subjects such as phonics and foreign languages.

Smell

The sense of smell, or olfaction, can be a very strong learning tool, especially in subjects such as chemistry where the chemicals cannot (and should not) be tasted or touched. A certain smell, such as a specific food or a specific type of perfume, can also conjure strong memories that a person associates with that smell. As chemicals in the air enter the nasal passage, the nerve receptors on the cilia send signals to the cerebral cortex, and the brain processes the signals into information. While smell may not be used in a learning environment very often, it can be a very strong educational tool.

Taste

Taste has its place in learning, especially in classes that involve food. A culinary or home economics class will include tasting at one point or another, and the sense can be a great way to inform whether or not a student is on the right track. They will have received instructions from the teacher on how a food should look or taste (either through visual or auditory information), and the only way to know if they’re correct is to taste their food. The papillae (the bumps on the tongue) contain taste buds that send nervous signals to the medulla oblongata. The medulla sends the signals to the cerebral cortex for processing, and the brain will register whether the taste is familiar or new, and if the taste is “correct” or not.

Touch

A student who works with their hands will rely strongly on their sense of touch. An artist or a craftsman will need to know how to hold a paintbrush or a tool in a certain way, and they often learn this through visual and auditory learning. However, until they’re holding the brush or touching the material for themselves, they don’t get a true sense of how the process is to be done. The touch receptors in the skin detect different levels of pressure and vibration, and the brain translates these signals into stored information. The next time the student picks up a paintbrush or a tool, they’ll remember how to hold it properly, and how hard to push or how to manipulate the material with which they’re working.

All five sense can be used in learning, and when it comes to education, the one thing they have most in common is memory. Whether a student is given written instructions (sight), spoken direction (sound), a certain aroma (smell), a specific flavor (taste), or a distinct sensation (touch), the memory is what recalls the information concerning that sense. If the information is new, the brain has to process and store that data for the first time. If the information is being repeated, the brain must recall what it knows about the data from previous encounters.

At LearningRx, our goal is to help students become better learners by being able to access more of their brain power. By improving cognitive skills such as working memory and long-term memory, a student can access information more quickly, and retain new information better than they could before.

If you’re interested in discovering more about our brain training programs or our education franchise opportunities, then please contact us today. You can reach us at (719) 955-6708, or you can use the form below and a member of our team will contact you as soon as possible. We will provide you with all the information you need, and can help you make the best decision regarding your future.

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Summer Activities to Keep the Brain Engaged

For many parents around the country, they’re trying to figure out how to keep their kids from sitting on the couch all summer and wasting time in front of the TV. While there are many TV shows and video games that are fun and educational, it’s important to engage the brain in other ways during the long summer break.

At LearningRx, we want to help students unlock greater cognitive power, and our brain training programs are designed to help people of all ages. If you’re interested in learning more about our educational franchise opportunities, then please contact us today!

In this post, we’ll take a look at some summer activities that kids can do to keep their brain engaged during those three months or so when they’re not in a classroom.

Puzzles and Games

This might seem like an obvious choice, but puzzles and board games can be a great way to help kids keep their brains switched on during the summer. The various pieces of a puzzle can help them work on their critical thinking and recognition skills, and games that include new words can help them increase their vocabulary. Puzzles and games can also improve their social skills, since they often have to interact and cooperate with others to win or to achieve a specific goal.

A Scavenger Hunt

As a parent, you likely want to find ways to get the kids out of the house. The weather is nice, and the last thing they need is to spend every waking hour inside. A scavenger hunt can be a great way to get the kids up and moving, and you can leave clues that require them to deduce an outcome or figure out where the trail leads. If you’re feeling ambitious, you can leave clues that take everyone to a local park or museum that contains science and history lessons that your kids can learn without the pressure of a classroom setting.

Keep a Journal

Encouraging your kids to keep a journal or diary about their summertime activities can help them greatly improve their writing and spelling skills. Not only that, but they’ll also be creating something that they can look back on and see how far they’ve come and how much they’ve done in a few months’ time. You can suggest that they try to write in a certain form, such as a poem or an essay, or have them write down thoughts as they come. Whatever their process, it’s sure to help them become better learners!

Summer should be a time for relaxation, but it can also be a time for new adventures and activities. If you’re trying to come up with some things for your kids to do that don’t involve a screen and a controller, then hopefully these suggestions above will help you get started.

At LearningRx, we’re dedicated to helping students of all ages improve their brain power. If you’d like to learn more about our brain training programs, or how you can start a learning center in your community, then please contact us by using the form below.


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Starting a New Career This Summer

Summer is often when people take time off from work to relax and unwind, either while on vacation or by simply staying home and decompressing. It can also be a time of reflection, when you think about the path your life has taken, and where you’d like to be both personally and professionally. If you’ve been thinking about changing careers and starting a new path, then the summer can be the perfect time for it.

At LearningRx, we’re always looking for qualified candidates who can open a new educational franchise and offer our brain training programs to students of all ages. You don’t have to be a teacher or a school administrator to open a learning center – people of all backgrounds have found success with our franchise model!

Taking Time to Think

Your life may be so hectic that you feel that you rarely have time to think. When you do have time, all you think about is what’s coming down the pipe and what you have to get done in the next few days. Taking some time for personal reflection can help you evaluate how much you like your current job, or where you see yourself in five to 10 years. Above all, you should ask yourself whether or not you’re enjoying what you’re doing, and if a career change makes the most sense for you.

Moving to a New Place

Sometimes, the change in careers comes because you’re moving to a new place over the summer. You may be ready to leave your current city in order to explore a new location, but you may not be sure what you’re going to do for a job or career once you get there. Moving during the summer can make the most sense, since the weather is often the most cooperative, but it can also be the perfect time for a fresh start somewhere new.

If your new town or city doesn’t have a learning or tutoring center, then you could have the perfect opportunity to open a new brain training location and fulfill and need that the community has been yearning for for years. Our territory team can help you find the perfect spot for your new location, and they’ll provide the support you need to get your new center up and running in no time at all.

Making the Decision

We understand that making the decision to change careers can be an intimidating one, and that’s why we’re here to assist you every step of the way. You can request a Free Information Kit that provides everything you need about who we are and what we do, and we’ll gladly answer any questions you have about our franchise model. If, after you’ve read through the info kit, you decide that you want to move forward, then you can submit a Request for Consideration, and a member of our team will contact you as soon as possible.

If you’re thinking about making a career change this summer, then contact us today to learn more about our brain training programs!

Help Students Prepare For More Than the Test

With May now upon us, high school and college students across the country are preparing for final exams, labs, and essays. There are some tests they’re looking forward to, and some that they are dreading. If a student is struggling with a subject, they may be searching for some last-minute tutoring that can help them cram before the exam date arrives. While this may help them learn a few new facts or recall some information that they learned at the beginning of the semester, it’s a short-term solution at best.

At Learning Rx, our brain training programs are designed to help students prepare for more than their end-of-year tests. Each program is intended to help a student improve a cognitive skill, whether that is processing, working memory, or logic and reasoning. There are seven cognitive skills in all, and as a franchisee, you’ll be in a position to help students of all ages boost their brain power and discover greater learning potential.

A Long-Term Solution

Cram sessions or group tutoring can be good short-term solutions, but they often don’t make a person a better learner. While a student may need to recall facts for a test, they may forget everything once the exam is over. The information never makes it to the correct part of the brain, and as soon as the info is regurgitated, it’s forgotten. This can be a relief to the student, but in truth, they could be doing themselves a disservice. If the test is in a course that’s related to their major, they may need to know those facts next semester, and they’ll have to resort to cramming once again in order to re-learn the information.

Brain training offers more of a long-term solution, since its purpose is to improve cognitive potential. If a student is able to pay better attention in class, or they have less trouble remembering steps and instructions for a lab assignment, then they won’t be as likely to open up the textbook the night before a test or rely on a group study session in order to push as many facts as they can into their brain. Studying is obviously important, but it can be approached with less stress as the test approaches, since the student is confident in their knowledge of the subject matter and their ability to recall information without having to cram it in the night before.

If you’re interested in learning more about our brain training programs, or how you can become one of our educational franchisees, then please contact us today. People from all walks of life with all types of experience have opened LearningRx centers around the country, and we’d love to help you figure out if a center is the right fit for you. It’s very possible that you could be uniquely positioned in your community to open a location and help students find a better way to learn, other than group tutoring or late-night study sessions.

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What is Effective Brain Training?

If you’ve spent any time at all on the internet, then you’ve likely seen many different types of brain training programs and games. You may have even tried a few of them to see how you stack up against other people. At LearningRx, we fully support people who want to improve their brain power, but it’s important to use methods that are proven to be effective. At our educational franchises throughout the country, brain trainers work with people of all ages to improve their cognitive skills, whether that means attention, working memory, or logic and reasoning.

What Makes Our Brain Training Programs Effective?

If you’re comparing cognitive programs and games, it’s important to consider the methods they use and whether or not those methods are effective. For LearningRx, we break down effectiveness into seven parts:

1. Brain Training Must Be Practiced

As with any skill, brain training must be practiced. If you’re learning to play an instrument or you want to become great at a particular sport, it’s important to practice. The same principle applies to brain power – if you want to increase it, you have to work at it.

2. The Best Results Come with One-on-One Training

Group tutoring can have its benefits, but the best results often come with one-on-one training. When you want to get fit or build muscle, you may work with a personal trainer who creates a unique plan for your needs. The same is true of our programs – the one-on-one brain trainer works with a student individually in order to build the best plan.

3. Brain Training Should Be Intense

You don’t get good at something overnight, and only with intense, concentrated repetition can you hope to improve. In order to improve cognitive skills, our trainers actively work with students to keep pushing and keep improving.

4. Brain Training Must Be Targeted

Once a weak cognitive skill has been identified, the training should be targeted to improve that skill. A general approach may help in certain areas, but only a focused plan can help a student boost their brain power in a specific way.

5. Effective Brain Training Has a Particular Order

At LearningRx, we’ve developed a curriculum that makes sense. A student shouldn’t be overwhelmed the first time they work with their trainer, and the right steps in the right order can keep them moving forward while still providing them with a challenge.

6. Brain Training Should Be Progressively Loaded

As a student improves, their training exercises should provide opportunities for multi-tasking. This creates the opportunity to take a new skill and make it more automatic, since their brain will know what to do when a challenge presents itself.

7. Brain Training Requires Immediate Feedback

With online brain games and training, a person doesn’t always get immediate or accurate feedback. With a trainer, a student receives instant feedback and reinforcement, as well as comments on how they can adjust for future challenges.

If you’re a parent or an educator who would like to know more about our brain training programs, then please contact us right away. If you’d like to know how you can open your own learning franchise, we would love to talk to you about that as well.

You can get in touch with us by using the form below, or you can call us at (719) 955-6708. You can also request a Free Information Kit that will provide you with details on how we compare to other educational franchises, what your initial investment will be, and what the revenues and expenses of operating a learning center can be.

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What Books Should Kids Read This Summer?

In our last post, we talked about how our brain training programs can prepare kids for an academically successful summer. At LearningRx, we always want students to pursue new learning opportunities, both inside and outside of the classroom. As an educational franchisee, you can work with students of all ages and help them discover new ways to boost their brainpower. In this post, we’ll look at some book genres that kids can read over the summer to stimulate their imaginations and help them on their quests for knowledge.

The Creative Writer

If you have a student who loves to write stories, then it’s important to encourage that creativity. Perhaps they came to your learning center to improve their reading comprehension, and one way to improve writing skills is to read more. Fiction is a great genre to start with, and if they love science fiction and fantasy, encourage them to visit their local library and check out a few books this summer. If the students are in middle school or high school, they could easily read through several works of Tolkien or Ray Bradbury in two months’ time.

The Young Scientist

If a student is interested in math and science, and they came to improve their skills in processing and memory, then help them on their way by suggesting books that will pique their interest. They can read biographies of famous scientists such as Marie Curie or Thomas Edison, and magazines such as ChickaDee or National Geographic Kids can be good choices. If they’re interested in a certain subject or invention, encourage them to use the resources that are available at their school or library. It will definitely beat reading a science or math textbook for a few weeks, and they’ll definitely learn something that they didn’t know before!

The Explorer

Students who have trouble paying attention in class may end up daydreaming about traveling to another country. While this isn’t all bad, it’s important for them to pay attention to the teacher and the instructions that are being given. However, it’s good to encourage that wanderlust in those who want to travel, and books are often the first gateway to distant lands and other cultures around the world. Having students research certain countries and read books about specific cultures can broaden their mind when it comes to travel, and could be the impetus for a lifetime of exploring the globe.

There are countless books out there that students can read over the summer, and at LearningRx, we love hearing stories about kids coming back from break ready to jump into another school year. If you’re interested in learning more about our brain training franchise opportunities, then please contact us today. We’re always excited to meet new people and learn why they want to open a learning center in their town or city.

You can get in touch with us by using the form below, or you can call us at (719) 955-6708. A member of our team will gladly speak with you about our franchise model, and what you can expect in term of first steps.

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Prepare Kids for an Academically Successful Summer!

When students think of summer vacation, they don’t often think of academics and schoolwork. Instead, they think of going to the local pool or hanging out with their friends. While these are perfectly acceptable activities, it can be important for students who are struggling in school to do some studying over the summer. With only a few weeks left in the semester, now is a great time for students to sign up for brain training at their local LearningRx center.

LearningRx offers an alternative to traditional tutoring, and our brain training programs are a great way for students to have an academically successful summer. By working one-on-one with a trainer over the course of the summer, a student can head into the fall semester feeling more prepared and more confident for what lies ahead. If you’re interested in opening a learning center in your community, then contact us today!

The Last Few Weeks of the Semester

With approximately six or seven weeks left in the semester, students are probably worrying about the end of the school year, but waiting with anticipation for summer break to start. Those who are struggling to keep up can end the semester feeling frustrated, especially once the final grades are given, and this can impact the beginning (or their entire) summer vacation. By starting brain training now, they can be further ahead once the new school year starts in August or September.

Encourage Reading and Studying Over the Summer

Even though summer is a time for fun and relaxation, it can be good for students to read and study, at least a few times each month. If they’re focusing on attention and memory, or perhaps reading comprehension, during their brain training sessions, then it can be beneficial for them to visit the library or research a favorite subject over the summer. Being able to choose their own books and subjects can get kids more interested in reading and studying, instead of having to follow assignments from a teacher or tutor.

Sharing Their Knowledge

The one thing that’s true about every summer vacation is that kids will be spending time with friends and family. They may not want to talk about school or teachers, but they may want to share the knowledge they’ve learned during brain training, or talk about a new book that they read the week before. As a parent or educator, it can be very encouraging to hear kids talking about what they’ve learned or sharing how much progress they’ve made by working with a brain trainer.

As a LearningRx franchisee, you can be uniquely positioned to help students improve their cognitive skills. You can also help them have a successful summer that’s filled with both fun and learning. If there is a lack of academic tutoring programs in your community, why not offer an alternative that has been proven to help students of all ages improve their memory, focus, attention, and more?

We’d love to speak with you about our franchise opportunities. Contact us today!