Standardized Tests: 4 factors within your control

There are lots of factors that contribute to test performance results. Here are four of the most common, with tips on how to help:

  1. Focus on Nutrition: Children’s brains burn through energy very rapidly and needs consistent fuel. Feed children meals balanced with healthy carbohydrates, protein and fat. Look for ways to incorporate healthy “brain foods” into your family’s diet: beans, olive oil, walnuts, blueberries and omega-3-rich fish like wild salmon, mackerel and tuna.
  2. Manage Anxiety: Whether genetic or situational, extreme worry can cause physical responses in the body that hinder a child from performing well on a test. Teach your child relaxation techniques like meditation, deep breathing, or visualization.
  3. Help Your Child Get Enough Sleep: Sleep deprivation is known to decrease attentiveness,  response time, short-term memory, and performance.  Here’s a handy chart to help you determine what time your child should go to bed.
  4. Train Your Child’s Cognitive skills: While knowledge is the information that is acquire—such as math formulas—cognitive skills are the tools the brain needs to learn, understand, and apply to those math formulas. When taking timed tests, one of the most important cognitive skills is processing speed. More than 90% of students who completed the ReadRx program showed improvement on state reading achievement tests. Enroll your child in a one-on-one cognitive skills training program to target the fundamental learning tools needed to excel on all types of timed tests.

 

About LearningRx
LearningRx, headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, is the largest one-on-one brain training organization in the world. With 80 Centers in the U.S., and locations in 40 countries around the globe, LearningRx has helped more than 95,000 individuals and families sharpen their cognitive skills to help them think faster, learn easier, and perform better. Their on-site programs partner every client with a personal brain trainer to keep clients engaged, accountable, and on-task—a key advantage over online-only brain exercises. Their pioneering methods have been used in clinical settings for 35 years and have been verified as beneficial in peer-reviewed research papers and journals. To learn more about LearningRx research results, programs, and their 9.6 out of 10 client satisfaction rating visit http://www.learningrx.com/. To read testimonials from real clients visit www.learningrx-reviews.com.

Why Smart Kids Fail

Even brilliant kids have
learning struggles—here’s why

It’s one of the great mysteries of childrearing: Your very smart kid’s intelligence isn’t reflected in his or her report card. How can such a brilliant brain bring home B’s? (Or C’s, or D’s, or worse?)

Most of the time, when kids struggle in school, it’s due to a cognitive weakness. This means that even a brilliant teen who has strong auditory processing, visual processing, memory, processing speed, and logic & reasoning can still struggle if his or her attention skills are weak, making it difficult to focus on the teacher or the task.

Here’s another example: If a child is really smart but struggles with slow processing speed, he or she will take longer than others to complete tests, take notes, and read and memorize information.

The first step to determining which brain skills are weak is to get a cognitive skills assessment. Once you know what skill or skills need to be strengthened, a personal brain trainer can customize a program for your child.

Need more convincing? Watch this video about Matthew, a child on the autism spectrum who surprised his family and teachers with the improvements he experienced after brain training.

You can also read the story of a mom who put three smart kids through LearningRx—and discover how they’re doing one year later:
About LearningRx
LearningRx, headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, is the largest one-on-one brain training organization in the world. With 80 Centers in the U.S., and locations in 40 countries around the globe, LearningRx has helped more than 95,000 individuals and families sharpen their cognitive skills to help them think faster, learn easier, and perform better. Their on-site programs partner every client with a personal brain trainer to keep clients engaged, accountable, and on-task—a key advantage over online-only brain exercises. Their pioneering methods have been used in clinical settings for 35 years and have been verified as beneficial in peer-reviewed research papers and journals. To learn more about LearningRx research results, programs, and their 9.6 out of 10 client satisfaction rating visit http://www.learningrx.com/. To read testimonials from real clients visit www.learningrx-reviews.com.

The Best Brain News of 2016: Three studies show we can boost our brains at any age

As far as the neuroscience community is concerned, 2016 was a year that led us to breakthroughs, hope and optimism. With the help of technologies such as the MRI and fMRI, brain researchers have been able to determine before-and-after results of cognitive training and even see changes in the brain in real time. Here are some of the best brain-related studies that support the idea of neuroplasticity (the brain’s ability to change at any age) and our ability to improve our brains with dietary changes, cognitive training and aerobic exercise.

1. Vegetable compounds improve cognition in old age.

A study published in the Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society looked at the impact of lutein and zeaxanthin—natural plant chemicals called carotenoids that are found in a variety of brightly colored vegetables and fruits—on cognition in adults ages 65 to 86. They found that higher levels of lutein and zeaxanthin in the retina correlated with improved neural efficiency on memory tasks. [SOURCE]

2. LearningRx one-on-one brain training creates new connections in the brain.

A Randomized Control Trial (RCT) testing LearningRx’s ThinkRx personal brain training program found significant physical changes in the participants’ brains after training.

In the study, 30 high school students were randomly assigned to one of three groups: ThinkRx, digital training, or study hall (control) for a 15-week training period. All students underwent cognitive testing and MRIs pre- and post-training. Analysis of cognitive testing scores found that training groups scored significantly higher than controls on multiple tasks, with the most significant gains occurring in auditory processing (analyzing, blending and segmenting sounds).

Even more exciting: fMRI analysis by Dr. Christina Ledbetter, Neuroscientist and Research Fellow at LSU Health Sciences Center, revealed that after cognitive training:

  • During the resting state, multiple regions of the brain showed significant changes in connectivity
  • The brain’s network was more efficient
  • Network changes in the brain were linked to gains in auditory processing

“Using fMRI, we looked at underlying brain changes related to gains in auditory processing following LearningRx training,” explains Dr. Ledbetter. “We found that changes in brain connectivity occurred between the auditory cortex and cortical areas involved in cognitive processing, and that the degree of change correlated with gains in auditory processing.”

The results of the analysis—“Analysis of Resting State Functional Connectivity in a Cognitive Training Intervention Study”—have been published in LearningRx’s 48-page 2016 edition of “Client Outcomes and Research Results”  and were presented at the 2016 Society for Neuroscience conference by Dr. Ledbetter and Dr. Amy Moore, Director of the Gibson Institute of Cognitive Research.

3. Aerobic exercise improves cognition in old age.

A team of researchers from Wake Forest School of Medicine examined older adults with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) in a randomized, controlled trial of physical exercise. After six months, magnetic resonance imaging scans of the participants’ brains showed that those who took part in the aerobic program had improved significantly more in executive function compared to a group that did stretching only. [SOURCE]

With all this good news, why not make 2017 the year to boost your brain? Find out more about how personal brain training can help at www.LearningRx.com.

Boost Your Child’s Learning Skills in 2017 with LiftOff!

Perhaps you want your daughter to inherit your love of reading. Or maybe you’re concerned that your son’s attention struggles will slow down his attempts at learning to read. Whatever the reason you’re looking for a boost, consider getting more information on our LiftOff program.

Available to preschoolers through first-graders, LiftOff works on the foundational cognitive skills and early reading skills that are vital for early learners. These include auditory processing, attention, memory, processing speed, visual processing and reasoning.

Take the first step by calling your local training center for more information. Just enter your zip code to find your closest LearningRx.

 

The LearningRx Presidents Day Contest is now open!

LearningRx recently launched its annual Presidents Day Contest. This is one of our favorite times of year, because we get a chance to see the amazing, hilarious, crazy talents of our students and graduates! One of the first things students master in LearningRx brain training is the ability to recite all 44 (soon to be 45!) U.S. presidents. By developing memory, visual processing, and attention skills, students are able to run through the list of names forward, backward, while distracted, and even while multitasking! It’s impressive.

Watch videos of past winners, including our 2015 winner John Mark, and learn more about the contest, click here.