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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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A Student’s Intellectual and Emotional Intelligence

As a parent, you know the range of emotions that your child can experience in a single day. They may wake up cranky, be happy after breakfast, and be upset after a particularly hard day at school. If you’re a teacher, then you see the emotions of all of your young students every single day. They may be anxious before a test, sad with the grade they get, or angry when a classmate mistreats them. Emotions can sometimes get in the way of academic learning, and there are many studies comparing the difference between traditional intelligence (IQ) and emotional intelligence (EQ). At LearningRx, we want to help students boost their cognitive skills and improve their IQ, but we also recognize that EQ plays a big part in a student’s classroom experience.

Setting Expectations

When you open a brain training center, it’s important to set expectations for yourself, your staff, and the students who will come to learn. While the academic expectations can be readily outlined, the emotional expectations can be a bit more difficult. Brain trainers will come to work with their own emotions, and if a child arrives after school feeling anxious or upset, getting them to focus on cognitive improvement could be a challenge. It’s important to talk with your staff about setting reasonable expectations for their students and understand that some days will be easier than others.

Finding Balance

In any academic environment, it’s important to find a balance between challenging curriculum and a comfortable atmosphere where a student wants to learn. If they come to your LearningRx center after a tough day at school where they received a low grade on a test or had an issue with a classmate, it can go a long way if they feel welcomed and cared for by the staff. If all they’re facing is what they perceive as more “work,” they may not be as inclined to put forth as much effort.

Gauging Success

Traditional and emotional intelligence are both integral aspects of every person’s life, and finding success often requires a good combination of the two. With brain training, we not only want students to unlock greater cognitive power, but also find greater confidence that translates into everything they do. They may be more inclined to speak up in class or help a classmate with a tough assignment, which improves their social skills and adds to their emotional intelligence. Above all, we want students to succeed in everything they do, whether it’s a math test or a sale they have to make during their first job right out of college.

If you’re interested in learning more about our brain training franchise opportunities, please contact us right away. We’d love to speak with you about how you can open a center in your community and impact students of all ages. You’ll be able to build relationships with parents, students, and leaders in your community, and contribute to both the IQ and EQ of everyone who visits.

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3 Amazing Facts About Your Brain

The human brain is the world’s oldest supercomputer, and there are more and more things being discovered about it all the time. Scientists have studied the brain for centuries, and their research and breakthroughs have led to a greater understanding of the thing that keeps us moving and living every single day. The brain controls everything in your body, and in this blog, we’re going to cover three amazing facts about your body’s command center.

1. Your Brain Keeps Developing As You Get Older

Many studies have looked at how the brain grows and develops as a child gets older. It used to be believed that the brain stopped developing after early childhood, but new research has shown that the brain continues to change well into a person’s 30s and 40s.

2. The Brain Produces Enough Electricity to Power a Small Light Bulb

With all the neurons firing and electrical impulses coursing through the human brain, there’s quite a bit of power surging around your head. With the billions of neurons inside your brain, their collective energy could power a low-wattage bulb. Think about that the next time you have a great idea!

3. Your Brain Changes When You Learn Something

The human brain has neuroplasticity, meaning that when you learn something, the brain changes. New connections are formed between neurons, and certain parts of the brain will change and grow as new information is learned. Connections can also “die” when unnecessary information is deleted, and this is important for the brain to retain its neuroplasticity.

If you want to know more about the brain, or you have questions about our brain training programs, please contact LearningRx today. We’d love to speak with you about franchising opportunities and how you can help people improve their cognitive skills, no matter how old they are. We look forward to meeting you!

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Helping Adults in Your Community

As a LearningRx franchisee, you’ll have the opportunity to meet lots of people and answer their questions about brain training. While the majority of the students who come to your learning center may be in elementary, middle, or high school, you may also have adults who are interested in starting a program. If your community has a large population of retirees, some of them may be interested in keeping their mind sharp during their golden years. Perhaps they’re concerned about the onset of Alzheimer’s, or simply want to learn something new now that they’ve finished their career.

Staying Mentally Active

A person who has reached retirement age has most likely learned quite a bit in their lifetime, including everything they learned in school and those skills and abilities they picked up while working. They may not remember everything or they may want to get back into a classroom environment, but they’re concerned about whether or not their memory and focus will be like they once were. By signing up for brain training, they can work on improving their cognitive skills and preparing their brains for whatever class they may be taking.

Others may not be getting back into a formal classroom environment, but simply want to keep their brains engaged with challenging material. Perhaps they’ve picked up a new hobby that requires some in-depth reading or training, and remembering the steps may seem like a challenge. The short-term and long-term benefits of a LearningRx can help them get started with their new hobby, and provide better cognitive retention two, three, or fours years down the road! If their family has a history of dementia or Alzheimer’s, brain training can possibly help their brain health and improve their chances of avoiding those conditions.

Staying Socially Active

Not only does LearningRx provide interested adults with mental exercises that improve the brain, we also provide a social space where people can interact with others. Senior citizens and retirees may be looking to meet new people, and if they don’t have family nearby, they may not have too many visitors on a regular basis. Staying socially active can also have tremendous benefits on the brain, and with a one-on-one trainer and helpful learning center staff, they can feel like they belong at your location. An adult may also be interested in teaching a class on a subject they know a lot about or that is connected to their career, and improving their cognitive skills can only improve the impact they have on their students.

If you’re interested in helping the adults in your community improve their brainpower and stay mentally and socially active as they age, contact us today. We’ll walk you through our franchisee process and answer any questions you may have about our programs or system. We want you to have the ability to work with students of all ages, from the youngest preschooler to the most seasoned retiree.

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