What Is Brainetics Anyway?
Brainetics was designed as the ultimate math program for people aged 9 to 90 (yes, it’s for all ages, but was specifically designed for children). Its creator, Mike Byster, has an uncanny ability to not only memorize numbers and formulas but also to calculate complex math problems in his head.
Even more impressive than the accuracy of his mental calculator is his ability to develop a program that can help others gain the same expertise. While being good at something can often make it harder to teach that subject, Byster firmly grasps the importance of critical thinking, which he combines with memorization techniques in order to teach his pupils how to become masters of math.
The Brainetics program comes with customized workbooks, DVDs, and flash cards that, when used in tandem, teach your children math in a completely different manner than the traditional “boring” method taught for years in public schools. Of course, Brainetics is no substitute for school, but is a supplemental program that allows your children to get a head start on lessons and a leg up on the competition.
Children who use Brainetics begin to see mathematics as fun, which makesthem less anxious and stressed about it. This can translate directly into better grades. Plus, Brainetics works so well at improving memory, your child will likely see improvement in other subjects as well.
How Does Brainetics Work?
First, to benefit from Brainetics, your child must already have a basic understanding of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. It’s OK if your child hasn’t totally mastered division or multiplication, so long as they grasp the fundamental of these four operations. Brainetics will build on these skills by:
- Instilling confidence. The specific techniques that Brainetics uses are less important than the fact that it can build your child’s confidence in his or her abilities to perform complicated mathematical equations. By improving your child’s attitude towards math, Brainetics helps him or her become more confident in the classroom and to pick up more of the material.
- Working both right and left brain. Other, inferior programs only work the left-side of the brain, which is the side traditionally associated with logic and problem solving. By engaging both hemispheres, Brainetics teaches the student to use the right brain (in charge of creativity) in tandem with the left brain, in order to better think about, analyze, and solve problems. As a result, they learn more than other students and retain what they learn longer.
- Developing a solid foundation. Brainetics helps your child learn the basic skills that every student needs to excel in school, not only in math. These skills include thinking outside the box, creative thinking, organizational skills, problem solving, building memory, and sharpening focus. While some of these skills are taught in public school settings, not nearly enough time is spent on developing them
- Making math fun. Unlike other educational programs,n which can feel like a chore, the Brainetics system provides fun games and neat tricks that will naturally engage your child. Or, on the other hand, you can make it into a fun family night and get everyone involved in learning.
Since Brainetics is geared towards the young, plastic mind, the room for improvement is even greater. The sooner you start your child on the program, the better.