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?

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Helping Kids Catch Up Following an Absence

As adults, we know how life’s changes and challenges can cause us to miss work and have to catch up once we’re back in the office. We try to stay connected through email and telecommuting, but it’s just not the same as sitting at your desk or being at your workstation. When it comes to kids missing school, there are many ways for them to make up homework and catch up on assignments, but if they’re absent for an extended period of time, it could be months or years before they’re at the same level of their peers. At LearningRx, our brain training programs are designed to help students of all ages, and as an educational franchisee, you’ll have the opportunity to work with kids who are struggling to catch up on schoolwork after a prolonged absence.

Absent Due to Illness

If a child is absent due to an illness, it could be several weeks before they are back in the classroom. If they miss the introduction of new curriculum, they could feel very lost once they’re back in school and trying to catch up. This can lead to frustration and disappointment, since their friends and classmates are already familiar with the subject matter. After-school tutoring could help, but if they’re struggling with understanding the steps to an assignment, or they’re having trouble paying attention, brain training is likely a better solution.

By working one-on-one with a dedicated brain trainer, the student can strengthen their cognitive skills and become a better learner overall. If they have an illness that causes them to miss class sporadically over the course of the entire year, they can continue to work with their brain trainer on strengthening their attention, memory, and focus. Tutoring can help them learn the subject matter or the facts they need to know for a test or a quiz that they missed, but our programs can equip them for greater challenges both inside and outside of the classroom.

Absent Due to a Family Situation

A child whose parents are divorced or who lives with other relatives at certain times may spend the first half of the year in one location and the second half in another. While the curriculum may be similar in both schools that they attend, there may be gaps or discrepancies that leave a child behind their fellow students. They may also be homeschooled or have a private tutor for part of the year, but when it comes time to be in the classroom, brain training can help them get caught up and on the same learning track as their peers.

Our programs are designed to help students thrive in any classroom environment, so whether the child misses school due to illness, they’re starting at a public school after being homeschooled, or they’re attending a different school for part of the year, they can be successful. If you’re interested in learning more about brain training or our educational franchise opportunities, please contact us right away. We’re always excited to meet new people and learn about their passion for helping students succeed!

Helping New Kids Adjust to a New School

If you were ever a new kid at a new school, then you know how challenging it can be to adjust to your new surroundings. Children who move to a new town before school starts for the year face plenty of obstacles once the semester begins, but what about those who move during the school year? Perhaps mom or dad changed jobs, and the child had to leave their old school behind in the middle of the semester. At LearningRx, our education franchises work with students of all ages and backgrounds, including those who are starting at a new school in March or November, rather than August or January.

Getting Used to New Curriculum

If a child moved from another state, then there’s a fairly good chance that the curriculum in their new school is much different from that of their old institution. This can present a unique challenge for many students, since they may know some of the material, but are completely lost on other subjects. The curriculum may also be taught in a different way than they’re used to, and this can often create frustration and disappointment. They have to play catch-up just to be where the rest of the class is, and they may have a teacher who expects them to participate in group activities with their peers, as well as take any quizzes or tests that are on the schedule. If a child is unsure about a topic, or unfamiliar with a subject, they can feel even further behind than they did on their first day of class.

Restoring Confidence

Perhaps the child was working one-on-one with a tutor at their previous school, and their parents want them to continue with a similar program. The child may have had increasing confidence before they moved, but now that they’re in a new classroom and a new environment, that confidence has waned. Our brain training programs are designed to help students improve cognitive skills such as memory and attention, which can help them both inside and outside the classroom. As they work with their brain trainer, they will hopefully have their confidence restored, which will hopefully lead to better participation in class, as well as better understanding of the curriculum.

Understanding the Child’s Needs

As a brain training franchisee, you’re going to meet students and parents who have lived in your community for years, as well as those who have just moved to town. It’s important to speak with the parents to understand the child’s needs, especially with those who are starting at a new school in the middle of a semester. The period of adjustment can be tough for many students, and you can be a part of helping them adapt. The routine of working with a brain trainer can give them a semblance of stability, and they’ll know that your learning center is a safe and positive place.

If you’re interested in becoming a LearningRx franchisee, or you’d simply like to learn more about our franchise model and how it can be a good choice for you, then please contact us today. We’ve had people from all types of backgrounds with all types of experiences become franchisees, and we’d love nothing more than to show you how and why our brain training programs work.

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Help Students Work With Their Peers

When a student comes to a LearningRx center for brain training, they’re often feeling shy and unconfident due to a lack of progress inside the classroom. That shyness and lack of confidence can be even more apparent when they’re working with their peers on an assignment or project. If they have to meet with others after school to work together on something, the student may feel like they have nothing to contribute due to a lack of understanding of the subject matter. As a brain training franchisee, you can help students find the confidence they need to work with their classmates on any type of project!

Recalling Instructions

One of the cognitive skills that our programs work to improve is memory. When a student is working on a project with classmates, they need to be able to recall the instructions that the teacher gave during class. They may have written them down, but if they having trouble with attention or auditory processing, they may not have been able to take good notes regarding the instructions. Attention and auditory processing are two other cognitive skills that are key to success both inside and outside the classroom, and as a student gets better in these areas, they’ll be able to recall instructions and remember the steps necessary to complete their class project.

Reading Comprehension

Reading can be a challenge for many students, and if they’re having trouble with certain words, or they don’t understand what they’ve read, they may be hesitant to contribute in a group setting. On top of the social pressure to interact while working on a group project, the student may not feel like talking due to an incident in class when they misspelled or misread a word. Through our programs, students can improve their spelling and reading comprehension, which can boost their confidence when working in a small group both inside and outside the classroom.

Leadership Skills

No matter what grade they’re in, there are always those students who emerge as leaders due to certain attributes. They may be naturally outgoing, or they may be particularly well-versed in a certain subject. For those who are less apt to speak up or lead a discussion, brain training can help them feel more confident in group settings. If they’re sitting with their peers and no one is taking the lead on the project, the student may feel like they can take charge and steer the assignment in the right direction. Their grasp of the subject matter or their ability to understand the instructions can help feel more fearless and more prepared.

Small group projects are often a part of a child’s education, and it’s important for them to be able to interact with their peers. If you’re interested in helping students improve their cognitive skills and gain more confidence both inside and outside the classroom, then contact LearningRx today. We love meeting people and discovering their drive for helping students of all ages succeed.

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