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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Helping Students with Dyslexia

Dyslexia is very common in the United States, with people of all ages living with it every day. When a young student has dyslexia, it can be frustrating for them to participate in class, especially when called upon to read aloud. A child may not talk as much and can have trouble learning new words or experience difficulty with spelling. At LearningRx, we’ve worked with people with dyslexia, and have seen successes of all kinds. As a brain training franchisee, you can give students with dyslexia a chance to succeed in school and in everything they do.

Signs of Dyslexia

Each person who has dyslexia will experience it in varying degrees, and having it doesn’t mean they have a lower IQ than another student, or that they can’t be successful in school. Some of the common signs that point to dyslexia are problems with reading comprehension and fluency, phonics, and spelling. A child may have difficulty matching letters to sounds and then taking those letters and forming words. This can lead to decreased participation in class, simply because they don’t want to be embarrassed when they can’t correctly sound out a word.

Students can also have trouble with writing assignments, with letters being put in the wrong places and sentences that are incomplete. For grade school students, problems with spelling tests and word problems in their math assignments can be indicators that they are dyslexic. This doesn’t mean they can’t find success with math and spelling, but that it might take a different approach to help them reach that success.

Brain Training and Dyslexia

Our brain training programs, particularly ReadRx, can provide improved cognitive skills for those with dyslexia. By increasing skills that are crucial to reading success, our programs can give a student the ability to sound out words and match letters to their phonetic sounds. Brain training can also give them increased confidence, making them less hesitant to read aloud in class or write the weekly spelling words on the board. It may take them longer to finish a reading assignment or math problem, but they’ll know that they’re doing things correctly.

If you’ve talked with parents who have children who are confused or bored by books, can’t seem to remember the details they read, or are hesitant to speak in public, opening a LearningRx franchise could be the perfect solution. Perhaps you have dyslexia and found success through hard work and the encouragement of others, and now you can provide those same opportunities for students in your community.

Dyslexia doesn’t mean that a child is relegated to always falling behind in class. Every student is unique, and with the proper support and instruction, they can find success in school, at home, and in their future career. If you’d like to learn more about our brain training programs or how you can become a franchisee, please contact us right away. We love meeting new people and can provide you with the results we’ve seen from working with students who have dyslexia.

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Provide a Perfect After-School Program

Families today are busier than ever, and parents are always looking for after-school programs that their children can attend while mom or dad finishes work for the day. When school lets out at 3:00pm and work doesn’t end until 5:00 or 6:00pm, kids need somewhere to go. They may have sports or activities at school, but for those who don’t, they need a positive and constructive atmosphere where they can continue to learn and grow. As a LearningRx franchisee, you can provide the perfect after-school program, complete with brain training, encouragement, and a fun atmosphere.

dreamstime_xxl_59960693A Safe Space for Kids

Parents want to know that wherever their kids are, they’re safe. When you open a LearningRx location, you can meet the parents of the kids who will be enrolling in your brain training programs, and the parents can meet your staff and see the location where their little ones will be coming multiple days a week. Instead of worrying about their kids walking home by themselves or getting into mischief with their friends after school, mom or dad will know that their son or daughter is improving their cognitive skills and increasing their brainpower.

A Dedicated Brain Trainer

Each student, no matter their age, is matched with a dedicated brain trainer who works with them one-on-one every time. This provides an opportunity for the child to form a positive relationship with their trainer, and the trainer can continue to work with them throughout their school years. With many academic tutoring programs, tutors may come and go, and your child may not work with the same person week to week. An after-school brain training program can also be a better and more affordable alternative to hiring a babysitter for a few hours each weekday, or paying for daycare on a monthly basis. Instead of asking your neighbors or parents to watch your child every day, give your little one the opportunity to work on their cognitive skills!

Balancing Learning and Fun

dreamstime_4771241At LearningRx, we strive to make our brain training programs fun as well as educational. We know that many kids want to go home and watch TV or play video games after school, and by scheduling cognitive training two or three days a week, you can balance learning and the fun they want to have. Monday and Wednesday, they can come to their local LearningRx location, and on Tuesday and Thursday they can go home or to a friend’s house to play. Friday can be a special day where you spend time with them and talk about what they learned over the course of the week, and how they’re feeling about brain training.

If you’re interested in opening a franchise location, or you know parents who are always searching for something for their kids to do after school, contact us today. We would love to speak with you about opening a LearningRx center in your community, and how it can impact the families who live there.

Keep Your Mind Sharp During Vacation

The year is only a couple of months old, but your mind might already be turning to where you’re going to go for vacation (or spring break). Time away from school or work can be very beneficial, as you refresh your mind and body and enjoy those activities you love to do. You might head to the beach or the mountains, but wherever you go, there are ways you can keep your brain sharp even while you’re away from the office or classroom. At LearningRx, we offer exceptional brain training programs, and as a franchisee, you can provide students of all ages with access to these programs and improved cognitive function.

Reading for Pleasure

dreamstime_xxl_27375792If you’re in school, you’ve most likely done quite a bit of reading for classwork and assignments, but reading for pleasure can be a great activity to do on vacation. You can bring a few books with you and read them while you sit on the beach, or get in a few chapters before you go to sleep. The best thing about reading for pleasure is you can put the book down whenever you want, and not worry about finishing a section or chapter by a certain time!

Puzzles and Card Games

Puzzles are a great way to keep your brain engaged, so one of your daily tasks might be completing a crossword, either in the newspaper or online.. If you’re having a paper delivered to your hotel room each morning, take 20 minutes while you drink your coffee and eat your omelette to do that day’s puzzle. If you’re taking a family vacation, consider bringing a few decks of cards with you and playing some games at the end of a long day. It’s a great way to unwind and enjoy some downtime after a day of skiing or swimming. It’s also a great way to teach your kids the card games you played when you were their age.

Preventing Brain Drain

dreamstime_xxl_15540874If you or your children have been in school for a few months, there’s always the worry of “brain drain” during vacation. Parents can be concerned about their children losing ground on the math and reading skills they’ve gained, and designing fun games and activities can keep their brains sharp while not making it feel like school. If you have high schoolers who need to prepare for college entrance exams, think of how you can encourage them to study, even if it’s only a little, during vacation.

There are many ways to keep the brain engaged during vacation, and with a little time and effort, you can keep your mind sharp even while you’re soaking up the sun. If you’re interested in brain training, or you want to know more about our franchise opportunities, please contact us right away. We’ll gladly answer your questions, explain how our programs work, and let you know how you can begin the franchisee process.

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Keep Your Brain Active During the Day

In our last blog, we talked about how to wake your brain up in the morning and get it ready for the day. Hopefully you’ve tried some of those tips and found them helpful, but even once your brain is awake and ready to go, it can encounter obstacles throughout the day. Those mid-morning doldrums in class or when you’re at your desk can put a damper on your productivity, and getting going again after lunch can seem like an insurmountable challenge. At LearningRx, our brain training programs are designed to help you improve your cognitive skills and achieve better focus, no matter what you’re doing. However, we know you can’t be engaged in brain training at all times, and the tips below may be able to help you keep your brain active during the day.

dreamstime_xxl_63399476Turn Off the Notifications

In our fast-paced world of social media notifications, text messages, and other distractions, it can be easy to lose focus when your phone makes that familiar “ping” sound. You might be focused on studying for a test or in the middle of a project at work, and your phone reminds you that your friends are still out there tweeting or taking pictures of what they’re having for lunch. Even the slightest noise can ruin your concentration, and it can be hard to get your brain back on track. Silencing your phone can help you stay in the zone (and some companies don’t allow employees to use their phones at their desks, which isn’t the worst thing in the world.)

Take a Break and Go Outside

If you’re in the zone, you most likely don’t want to take a break, but if you’re having trouble concentrating or focusing on the task at hand, a break can be the best thing for your brain. You can’t force yourself to think harder, and sitting all day not only affects your physical health – it can take its toll on your mental state as well. Go outside, breathe fresh air, and stretch your muscles – your brain will thank you.

Turn on the Music

dreamstime_xxl_847656We spoke about this in our blog about waking up your brain, and while noises can be distracting, music can actually help your brainpower in the middle of a difficult afternoon. Build an instrumental playlist that can be on in the background, or if you have to wear headphones, can provide inspiration for the story you’re writing or assignment you need to finish before the end of the day. Songs with lyrics can distract you, so perhaps avoid those for the most part. If you’re doing a repetitive task, such as entering numbers in a spreadsheet you’ve used thousands of times, music can be very beneficial.

There can be many ways to keep your brain active throughout the day, such as working out over your lunch period, going for a walk around the office, or the options listed above. Try one or a combination of these ideas to see what works for you.

If you’re interested in learning more about our brain training programs, or want to know more about our franchise opportunities, please contact us today!

Wake Up Your Brain in the Morning!

We’ve all had this experience at least once in our lives – you wake up in the morning and your brain feels a bit “foggy.” You may have woken from a deep sleep and you can’t seem to open your eyes until you’ve had that first cup of coffee, but if you still can’t seem to shake the fog, there are some things you can do to wake up your brain. At LearningRx, our mission is to make our brains stronger and more powerful, and our programs are designed to help students of all ages engage their cognitive skills in any situation. In this blog, we’ll give you some tips on waking your own brain up after a good night’s sleep.

dreamstime_xxl_34155424Let There Be Light!

No one likes it when someone turns on the overhead light right after you’ve woken up, and your response is likely to cover your eyes or dive under the cover. Instead of artificial light in the morning, open the blinds and let the sunshine into the room. If you keep the room dark or the curtains closed, your brain can’t wake up as easily, and chemicals such as serotonin and dopamine will stay at lower levels.

Get the Blood Pumping

Exercising in the morning might not sound like the most fun, but even five to 10 minutes of activity can get the blood pumping throughout your body and get your brain engaged. Put your workout clothes next to the bed before you go to sleep so you can slip them on, work out, and then take a shower.

Hit the Showers

Speaking of taking a shower, it can be a great way to wake yourself up in the morning. You might have to turn up the cold water a bit, but if you’re running late or you need to wake up quickly, a cold shower is perhaps the fastest way there.

Turn on the Tunes

Instead of listening to the news or morning talk radio, turn on some music that gets you moving in the morning. Music can make you feel happier, and the entire brain can be involved in following the beat, hearing the melody, and deciphering the lyrics.

Grab Some Grub

dreamstime_xxl_40461836Everyone knows that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but how many of us actually eat a balanced meal in the morning. It’s beneficial to eat within an hour or two of waking up, and with the proper nutrients, your brain will have the fuel it needs to tackle that project at work or that test at school.

At LearningRx, we love seeing people unlock greater cognitive potential, and have developed brain training programs for people of all ages. If you’re interested in our franchise opportunities, or you simply want to know more about our programs, please contact us today. We’re always excited to meet qualified candidates, and if it’s something you want to pursue, we’ll explain how our franchisee process works.

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Building a Successful Learning Platform

When you were in school, you hopefully had a curriculum that prepared you for the next assignment, and lessons that built on the ones that came before. You wanted to be ready for the quizzes and tests that your teacher would give you, but taking the knowledge you’d gained and applying it to new concepts was hopefully more important (and more focused upon). At LearningRx, we believe in helping students unlock the cognitive skills they need to progress through their school years and build on what they’ve learned in previous grades. Instead of tutoring to prepare for a test or helping students recall facts for a quiz, we want them to discover greater brainpower that lets them tackle any challenge, both inside and outside of the classroom. Our programs are designed to focus on distinct obstacles students can face, and build on what they’ve learned in school and experienced in life.

dreamstime_xxl_4772928Programs for Every Age

We believe that even the youngest student can begin to unlock greater cognitive power, and our LiftOff curriculum is designed for preschoolers through first graders. This program focuses on the foundational skills, such as early reading, that are vital to young learners. LiftOff can help them improve auditory processing, memory, reasoning, and more. It can be an extremely beneficial place to start for those students who continue with brain training through their elementary school years and beyond.

Our main brain training programs consist of ThinkRx, ReadRx, ComprehendRx, and MathRx. ThinkRx is our core program, and over 12 weeks, this curriculum focuses on all seven cognitive skills. ReadRx incorporates what the student learns in ThinkRx, and focuses on those skills critical to reading success. ComprehendRx then builds on that, taking reading comprehension to another level. MathRx is integral in helping students develop numerical fluency, calculation methods, and more. For those students looking to seamlessly transition from one core program to another, our Einstein curriculum incorporates ThinkRx, ReadRx, and MathRx.

A New Approach

Recently, we developed a new program called StudyRx. Since many students come to our learning centers hoping to develop better study and review skills, this program is designed not only to help them become better test-takers, but develop better learning approaches as well. StudyRx uses fictionalized stories of historical figures and how they found success in their respective field or industry. We’re currently piloting this program in a few of our learning centers around the country, and it will soon be released throughout the entire LearningRx network.

Continuing to Learn as an Adult

dreamstime_xxl_20680518Once you’ve graduated from high school or college, you may think that your learning days are over. You’ve taken each lesson or assignment and applied it to the next, until you reached the final or received your degree. However, just because you’ve been handed your diploma doesn’t mean you’re done learning. Our Brain Booster programs are designed for adults who have either completed our full program or who want to continue working on their cognitive skills. We also offer BrainSkills, which is a digital program that is a perfect supplement to our one-on-one training, or it can be used by those students or adults who have completed our core brain training curriculum.

If you’re interested in learning more about our brain training franchise opportunities, please contact us today. We believe in helping every student who walks through the door of one of our learning centers build a strong cognitive foundation that will put them on the path to success. Students and adults who are looking for a different take on academic tutoring can find the programs they need at your new LearningRx location.

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Find a Franchise That Matches Your Interests

If you’re interested in owning a franchise location, no matter what industry it’s in, it’s important to find a field that matches your interests. If you’re interested in food and hospitality, a restaurant franchise may be the optimal choice. If you want to help people safely and securely store their belongings, then a storage franchise might be best. It can be somewhat easy to be attracted to franchises that you’ve seen that are trendy or popular, but if they don’t match your passions, you may lose interest after only a few months. At LearningRx, we love meeting people who are interested in brain training and have a passion for helping students reach their potential both inside and outside the classroom.


Balancing Interest and Demand

If brain training is something you’ve read about, researched, or been involved with in the past, it can make sense to want to open your own learning center location. However, it’s important to balance your interest with the demand of your town or city. If there are several learning or tutoring centers in your community, it’s essential to think about what you can bring to a perhaps already saturated market. LearningRx’s programs offer more than just tutoring solutions, and our curriculum is based on years of extensive research. It’s imperative to consider whether or not parents will be interested in coming to your learning center or enrolling their children in another extracurricular program. On the other hand, if demand is very high for learning and tutoring centers, you’ll have to weigh the fact that multiple locations from various franchises may be popping up in a short period of time. Knowing and considering your competition can save you from investing in a franchise location that may lose steam in a few months.

Considering Your Time and Energy

When you find a franchise that matches your interest, the next step will be to consider how much time and energy you’ll be able to devote to it. If this learning center is to be your full-time career, then it may not be difficult to devote every day and every ounce of energy to it. Finances will of course also be a factor, and we will thoroughly explain the investment needed to start your brain training center, and what sort of profits you can see over time. If your franchise is to be a secondary endeavor, you may not be able to devote the hours and research needed to make it truly successful. If time and energy will be tough to come by, it may not make sense to invest your money in a franchise location.

If you’ve looked at multiple franchise models and haven’t found one that matches your interests, your goals, or your finances, contact LearningRx today. We will explain our application process, our territory and support development, and what our programs entail. If you have a passion for helping students of all ages learn and grow, then chances are our franchise model will be the perfect fit for you. Call now to learn more!