Sign Up for an Upcoming Webinar

Tomorrow marks another LearningRx Franchise Webinar for those who are interested in starting a brain training franchise in their community, but if you didn’t get signed up in time, that’s okay. We have more webinars coming up in the next two months, and if you want to learn more about our training center opportunities, now is the time to act.

What You’ll Learn

If you’ve never attended a webinar before, or you’re unsure what to expect, you might be feeling nervous. If you’re interested in making a career change and starting an educational franchise, it’s understandable that you’re feeling a bit anxious about taking in all the information you’ll encounter.

We’ll cover the basics of our brain training program, what our franchise opportunities look like, and how you can get started on becoming a qualified candidate. We’ll go over how we began our franchise system, and what you can expect should you continue with the process. We’ll explain our ethics and values, and answer questions regarding what budgetary means you will need to get started, as well as what you can make in terms of earnings.

Where You Go From There

Once you’ve completed the webinar, you may wonder where you go from there. If you’re attending the one tomorrow and you want to continue with the process once it’s finished, you’ll want to sign up for the Discovery Days or Training sessions that are coming up in the next few months. These are open to clinical licensees, qualified candidates, and franchisees who are at a certain point in the franchise process. The first step will of course be to sign up for a webinar, and our team will make sure you’re informed about the steps that follow once you’ve completed that.

Passionate People

At LearningRx, our goal is to connect with passionate people who want to help students unlock greater cognitive skills. We’ve heard many life-changing stories from people who have attended a webinar, continued with the franchise process, and opened a learning center in their town or city. We’re here to support you as you make a decision regarding your future and how brain training fits into it, and we can even help you pinpoint a prime location for your center.

If you’re interested in learning more about our programs, how our franchise system works, sign up for a webinar today. We know that our structure won’t be optimal for everyone, but we know that you’ll learn some valuable information that you’ll be able to take away and use to make the best decision for you, your family, and your community.

If you want to work with students of all ages and help them use more of their brain, this could be the system for you. We’ve had former educators, chief marketing officers, real estate agents, and many others switch careers to open a brain training center. We know you’ll be amazed at the possibilities and opportunities you encounter.

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The Brain: Part Two

In Part One of our series on the brain, we looked at the cerebrum, the cerebellum, and the brainstem. We covered the neocortex, the cerebral lobes, and several other topics, and we hope that your brain got a bit fuller with the new information you learned. At LearningRx, we love talking about the brain, and in this post, we’ll look at the four cerebral lobes – the frontal, parietal, occipital, and temporal lobes.

Frontal Lobe

The frontal lobe’s location is fairly easy to decipher, as it is housed in the frontal and upper area of the cerebral cortex. It’s responsible for reasoning, planning, decision making, and other higher brain functions. Without it, you wouldn’t be able to speak fluently and make decisions like what you’re going to eat and what you’re going to wear.

Parietal Lobe

The parietal lobe is located in the upper rear part of the cortex, and it is named for the cranial bone that protects it. This lobe processes external stimuli, and is responsible for movement, recognition, and other instantaneous actions. If the parietal lobe is damaged, a person can lose their ability to experience sensations from touch, smell, etc.

Occipital Lobe

The occipital lobe is also named from the bone that protects it, and it is located in the bottom rear part of the cortex. Its main function is to process the visual information that comes in through the eyes and help the brain make sense of it.

Temporal Lobe

The temporal lobe is located behind the temples, or in the middle part of the cortex. Its function is to process auditory stimuli (speech and sounds) and turn that sensory data into useful information.

The four lobes of the cerebrum are essential to everyday life, and at LearningRx, our approach to cognitive skill improvement focuses on all four. Visual and auditory information is taken in and processed by the occipital and temporal lobes, and the frontal and parietal lobe help with speech and problem solving. We want to help students unlock more of their brainpower, and we would love for you to be a part of their journey.

If you’d like to learn more about our brain training franchise opportunities, please contact us today. We have learning centers all across the country, and we’d love to speak with you about the possibility of opening a location in your city.

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The Brain: Part One

The human brain is an amazing organ, and scientists have studied it for years trying to understand its complex workings. The brain is responsible for everything your body does, from breathing and blinking to walking and talking. Trauma to the brain can drastically change how the body functions, and understanding the parts of the brain can help a person appreciate just how important it is to protect their cranium. At LearningRx, our programs are designed to help people unlock greater cognitive potential and use more of their brainpower. In this post, we’ll look at the main parts of the brain and what their functions are.

The Cerebrum

The cerebrum is the largest part of the brain, and controls all voluntary actions of the body. This is also where the cerebral cortex is located, which receives and processes all visual, auditory, and olfactory information from outside the body. It is here that memory, attention, and language are found, which are of course extremely important in any learning environment. The cerebrum is divided into two hemispheres – the left and right – and those hemispheres are divided into four lobes – the frontal, parietal, occipital, and temporal lobes (which we’ll cover in more depth in part two).

The Cerebellum

The cerebellum (which means “little brain”) also has two hemispheres and is located behind the brainstem. Its job is to coordinate movement, balance, and posture, and it contains the majority of the neurons found in the brain. The cerebellum has three lobes – the flocculonodular, anterior, and posterior lobes.

The Brainstem

The brainstem is the relay station that connects the cerebrum and cerebellum to the spinal cord. This is where the information that keeps your lungs breathing and your heart pumping comes from, along with many other automatic bodily functions. The brainstem is made up of the midbrain, the pons, and the medulla, and injuries to the area can result in problems with sight, hearing, and speech.

Understanding the Brain

Once we know what the parts of the brain are, we can begin to understand their functions a bit better. The neocortex in the cerebrum is one of the most vital parts of the brain, and it is only found in mammals. It controls the higher functions of the brain, including spatial reasoning, conscious thought, and language, and in a human student, it is further developed as the student learns and adds more information.

As a LearningRx franchisee, you’ll be helping students further develop their brains and unlock greater cognitive power. You can help them access information more quickly and improve their memory functions as they’re working on class assignments, preparing for tests, or writing an essay.

To learn more about our franchise opportunities, please contact us right away. We always love meeting people who want to work with students of all ages in order to help them achieve great things, and we’ll help you identify the best spot to open your learning center.

Be sure to stay tuned for Part Two of our series on the brain!

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Three of The Smartest People Who Ever Lived

 

Brainpower has always been held in high esteem around the world, even if those who had a lot of it were looked at with disdain from time to time. They were ahead of their time in many ways, and often ruffled the feathers of their contemporaries, whether it was in math, science, engineering, or another field. They came up with theories and practices that pushed the boundaries of their field or industry, and while some of their achievements have been called into question over the decades, there’s no doubt that their brains had a profound impact on the world. At LearningRx, our brain training programs are designed to help students become better learners, improve their IQ scores, and one day have an impact of their own. In this post, we’ll look at three of the smartest people who have ever lived.

Nikola Tesla (1856-1943)

Tesla was a Serbian-born inventor who is perhaps best known for developing alternating current (AC) electricity. He made amazing leaps and bounds in the field of energy transmission and astounded people with inventions like the Tesla coil. He also looked ahead to the future and foresaw certain technologies that we use today such as drones and smartphones. It is estimated that Tesla’s IQ was somewhere near the 200 mark.

Marie Curie (1867-1934)

Marie Curie was a Polish physicist and chemist who had to compete in a field where women had very little influence. Her major contributions to science were developing the theory of radioactivity and the discovery of two elements – polonium and radium. She won a Nobel Prize not once, but twice in her lifetime, and modern science would not be what it is today without her. Curie’s estimated IQ was 185.

Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

Einstein is the genius against which nearly all other geniuses are measured. He is known around the world for developing the theory of relativity, and this patent clerk turned scientist was one of the most successful theoretical physicists to ever live. He received the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1921, and his estimated IQ fell between 160 and 190.

Improving Brainpower

There are of course countless other people throughout the centuries who have had high IQs, and the three listed above only fall within the last 150 years or so. There are ancient philosophers such as Confucius who most likely had very high IQ scores, and there are many people still alive today, such as Stephen Hawking, who have scores higher than even Einstein, Curie, and Tesla.

IQ is only one metric for measuring brainpower, and at LearningRx, we want to help students access more of their cognitive skills so they can become better learners. These geniuses listed above and the others from past and present are great examples to look up to, and if a child believes that he or she can achieve more than what these people did, they can truly make an impact on the world.

If you’re interested in opening a brain training center in your community, contact us today to learn more!

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The Best Movies About Brainpower

With summer break now here for students all across the country, kids of all ages are looking for activities with which to fill their time (once their chores are done, of course). Some older students may be taking summer classes to get ready for college, while others are going to tackle that latest video game to see if they can finish it before July. At LearningRx, our franchise locations look forward to working with students throughout the summer, as we believe brain training is a year-round endeavor. We also know that kids don’t want to be in a classroom or learning center when they don’t have to, and in this blog, we’ll look at some films that focus on a character’s brainpower. They can be great options for those lazy summer days when all a kid wants to do is watch a movie!

1. Good Will Hunting

This is the movie that made Matt Damon and Ben Affleck famous, and for which they won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. Damon plays a gifted young man who solves complex equations on a Harvard blackboard while working as a janitor. He’s also dealing with some personal issues, and the emotional complexity paired with stellar acting makes this story about a genius trying to find his way in the world speak to many older students. There are some adult themes and language, so parents may want to preview this film beforehand.

2. Inception

This is a movie that literally takes place inside the mind, and without spoiling too much, it deals with the power of suggestion and how crazy the inside of a person’s head can be. Leonardo Dicaprio leads an amazing cast that includes Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tom Hardy, and Ellen Page, and it can require multiple viewings before you grasp what really happened in the end.

3. A Beautiful Mind

This film makes a lot of lists that feature the brain, and Russell Crowe’s depiction of real-life mathematician and cryptographer John Nash is perhaps the role he will always be best known for (next to Maximus in Gladiator). Nash is a troubled genius who broke new ground in mathematics, but his personal life soon catches up with him.

4. Sherlock Holmes (2009)

The master detective gets a bit of a twist in this depiction directed by Guy Ritchie and starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law. Holmes’ powers of observation and focus show just how powerful his brain was, and uncovers a bit more of the genius of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the man who created the original tales.

If you have a son or daughter who’s looking for movies that focus on the brain that they can watch this summer, or you’re looking for films that deal with the power of the mind, check out some of these on our list. If you’re interested in learning more about our brain training franchise opportunities, contact us today and a member of our team will speak with you about how you can open a learning center in your community.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Helping Students Who Are Applying to Colleges

Summer break is almost here, but for high school juniors, it can often mean the beginning of college application season. Some students may have already taken the SAT or ACT and applied to a few schools, but their parents may be planning on taking them to a few universities over the summer. Most colleges around the country have summer terms, so high school students can see classes in session and get somewhat of a feel for what college life is like. They can also meet with professors and ask questions about the field of study they’re interested in, and see whether or not they feel comfortable on campus.

However, the one thing that’s more important than perhaps even the college visit is the entrance exam or essay. Schools want to know what students are interested in, what subjects they excel at, and if they have the skills to succeed at an institution of higher learning. For those students who struggle in certain areas or who have trouble writing essays, brain training could be the key to helping them get into the school they want to. As a franchisee, you can work with students who are applying to colleges this summer and put them on the track to success.

Reducing Stress Levels

Taking college entrance exams and completing essays for scholarships can be very stressful, and if a student has the added pressure of his or her parents wanting them to get into a certain school, he or she may not be able to do their best. Through brain training and working one-on-one with a LearningRx staff member, a student can improve their cognitive skills and boost their confidence going into their exam. What’s great about our programs is that they’re not designed to make students better writer or test-takers – they’re designed to make students better learners and help them apply their skills to every situation they encounter.

Finishing High School Strong

Since a junior has one more year of high school left, it’s important they’re also focused on finishing strong. They’ve been waiting for three years to be a senior, and even if they get into the college or university they want, it’s important for them to maintain their grades during their final year. The classes they take and excel in could potentially change their ideas about what they want to study in college, and they may discover they have a natural inclination or ability in a certain subject. Teachers often also expect more of a senior, and they want to prepare these students for what lies ahead in college.

A junior entering his or her senior year may also want to take some Advanced Placement (AP) classes so that he or she can opt out of certain general education requirements in college. Whether it’s a foreign language or a writing class, AP courses can give students a taste of what college is like, and potentially help them start on their major sooner rather than later. While their classmates are working through Statistics and freshman-level Spanish, the prepared student will be starting on the courses he or she wants to take.

When you open a LearningRx franchise in your community, you’ll have the ability to help students of all ages. High school students who are applying to colleges are approaching a very important time in their lives, and if they don’t have the skills or confidence to work towards getting into the schools they want to, you can provide them with both.

To learn more about starting a brain training center, please contact us today. We’d love to speak with you and help you discover how you can help students!

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Summer Reading Plans

As kids around the country get ready for the end of school, their minds are turning to summer vacation and everything they’re going to do over the break. For some, that might include reading a new book, or revisiting some of their favorites. For others, reading might be the last thing on their mind, but picking up a fun book at least once during the summer can help keep their brains engaged and provide them with a positive learning experience (even if they don’t realize it). At LearningRx, we want students to discover new things all year long, not just during the school year, and as a brain training franchisee, you can provide them with the encouragement to improve their reading skills.

Make a List of Books

If a student has books they’ve always wanted to read, but didn’t have or take the time to do so during the school year, summer can provide them with the free time to get through a few, if not all, of them. If they came to your brain training center to improve their reading comprehension, they may be ready to read books that are at or above their current level, and throwing in a few longer pieces of literature can be a great way to challenge them. Making a list of the books they want to read can give them a goal to strive for during the summer break.

Make a List of Where They Can Read

During the school year, students are stuck reading in the classroom or in their room when they’re at home. Time constraints and weather can dictate where and when they read, but during the summer, they can take their favorite books outside, perhaps to the park, the beach, or to their new treehouse. Having them make a list of where they can read can inspire them to finish more books over the summer, and tales that take place in a warm setting can enhance their break even more.

Reading While Traveling

Chances are that students will be traveling over the summer, whether it’s a few hours in the car to grandma’s house or a few hours in a plane to their favorite amusement park. While they can play on their phone, tablet, or handheld video game, books provide a great alternative to all that electronic entertainment. Going to the library and picking out two or three books for vacation can give them something to do while they travel, even if it’s just for a short time while their devices charge their batteries.

Reading over the summer is a great way to keep kids learning and their brains engaged while school is not in session. They’re most likely continuing to come for brain training with their LearningRx instructor, and the instructor can check in with them on what they’re read and the new things they’ve learned.

If you’d like to learn more about our educational franchise opportunities, or to ask questions about our research and curriculum, please contact us today. We look forward to speaking with you!

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The Last Few Weeks of School

Now that May is here, students across the country are looking forward to the last few weeks of school and the end of the current semester. Whether they’re finishing first grade or getting closer to college graduation, students are working hard to complete assignments, projects, and final exams. At LearningRx, we understand that there can be a commitment to finishing strong during the last few weeks of school, but also that a lack of focus can set it for some students. They may have struggled all year long to keep up with their classmates, or they may be graduating and have already finished all of their required coursework. Whatever the case may be, brain training can be a great way to keep them engaged during these last few weeks, and carry over into the summer months.

Reaching Students of All Ages

As a LearningRx franchisee, you’ll be able to reach students of all ages during this time of the year when the “school” brain is gradually turning into “summer” brain. The younger students may not completely understand what the end of the year means, but those in middle or high school most likely cannot wait for the semester to end. There may be those who have to attend some summer school classes, and brain training can help them maintain focus and memory during those sessions. They may not be the most thrilled to have to go to school in July or August, but it could help them catch up with their classmates or complete a subject they weren’t able to during the school year.

Keeping the Brain Engaged

During the summer (and the last few weeks of the semester) a student’s brain can switch to vacation mode, and their end-of-the-year test and assignment grades may suffer. They might be thinking about their first day at the local pool, or where their family is going for their annual trip, but whatever the case may be, brain training can help them pay attention during those final days of the semester. Once summer starts, they’re most likely not thinking about what books they’re going to read or subjects they’re going to study, and brain training can keep them engaged even though they’re not in a classroom. The fun curriculum and one-on-one interaction that LearningRx offers can help it not feel like a standard “classroom experience.”

Flexible Scheduling

When you open a LearningRx center in your community, you can offer convenient and flexible hours during the summer. A middle or high school student isn’t going to want to get up early, and may have plans for the afternoon, so a mid-morning brain training time is going to be best for them. You’ll of course speak with their parents on the best time to schedule their sessions, but it’s important to have input from the child as well.

If you’re interested in learning more about our brain training franchise opportunities, and you want to engage with students during the last few weeks of school and over the summer, contact us today. We look forward to speaking with you!

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Moving from Tutoring to Brain Training

If you’ve previously worked as a tutor, then you could be uniquely positioned to succeed as a brain training franchisee. At LearningRx, we believe that every student should have a chance to improve their cognitive skills, and if you’ve tutored before, then you know that each child is different and requires a different approach. Our brain training programs are different from traditional academic tutoring programs in that instead of focusing on fact retention and learning a specific subject, we focus on making the brain work better and more efficiently. Recalling facts for a test can be beneficial, but improving memory, attention, and other cognitive skills can be even better.

A One-on-One Approach

Many tutoring programs and after-school education organizations have one instructor for multiple students, requiring the teacher or tutor to split their time between each child. Other programs offer one-on-one interaction between the tutor and student, but it’s often focused on one subject and only occurs a few times a week. With brain training, the goal is to improve all types of skills, including processing speed, short-term memory, logic and reasoning, and more. As a franchisee, you’ll help students use more of their brainpower, rather than storing away information for a test or assignment that may be forgotten later.

Fixing the Cause Instead of the Symptoms

When you worked as a tutor, you may have met with students who were struggling in a certain area or had to meet with you because they didn’t do so well on a test. They may not have been the most thrilled to have to stay after school to go over a subject that frustrates them. With brain training, you’ll be helping students work on why they didn’t learn the content in the first place, rather than rehashing problems and questions that thwarted them the first time. Targeting improved brainpower can fix the cause of the problem, instead of focusing on the symptoms such as poor test scores and low grades.

Finding Common Ground

As a tutor, you understood that students may not have wanted to be there, and perhaps there were times when you didn’t want to be either. WIth any student/instructor interaction, it’s important to find common ground and build a positive relationship between each other. At LearningRx, our dedicated brain trainers work with the same students multiple times a week and stay with them as they move through the grades, watching them learn and grow each year. When you open a new learning center in your community, you’ll be providing opportunities for those relationships to be built and strengthened every single day.

If you’d like to learn more about our franchising opportunities, or you’d like to see what our brain training programs are all about, please contact us right away. We’d love to hear about your tutoring experience and what you can bring to the LearningRx family, and how you’d like to continue to impact students in your community.

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Preparing for the SAT and ACT

April is now half over, and that means that high school juniors (and some seniors) have just taken or are preparing to take the SAT or ACT. These two admissions tests are looked at by nearly every college and university in the country, and students often spend weeks preparing for their tests. Their schools may provide prep courses and practice tests, and some students spend their evening studying certain subjects in order to do their best once test day arrives. At LearningRx, our approach to learning is based on improving cognitive skills, and not only making students better test takers, but better learners overall. As a franchisee, you could provide brain training programs that help high school students prepare for admissions tests, college courses, and their life beyond academics.

Millions of Students

Millions of students take the ACT and SAT every year, and if there is a high school in your community, chances are there are students who are preparing to take one or both of the tests this year. They may be looking for different ways to prep for the test, or they’ve found that they’re unable to focus during their school’s prep sessions, and that’s where brain training can help. Unlike traditional tutoring that concentrates on fact retention, brain training can help improve attention and memory. Instead of worrying about recalling information during the stress of the test, students will be able to focus on letting their brain work for them, not against them.

Upcoming Test Dates

The ACT has three test dates in 2017, and the SAT has four. Some have already come and gone, but students can still register for the June 10th ACT test by May 5th (with late registration until May 17th). For those who want to take the SAT, the next test date is May 6th, and late registration ends on April 25th. For high school juniors who want to take the SAT for the first time during the summer before their senior year, there is a test date on June 3rd. They must be signed up by May 9th for normal registration, and May 24th for late registration.

For a student who’s taking one or both of the test this spring, it might be a little late to start a brain training program. However, if they’re a junior this year and plan on taking each test at least one more time, finding a LearningRx center now can prepare them for the final time they take the ACT or SAT next year. By opening a center in your community, you’ll be providing students with access to new learning methods and improved ways of using their brains. They’ll sit down on test day, number 2 pencil in hand, confident and ready to do their very best.

If you’re interested in learning more about brain training or the LearningRx franchise model, please contact us right away. We love meeting new people and speaking with them about how they want to impact the lives of students in their town or city!

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