The brain, like other organs, is made up of cells. However, the brain’s cells are very specialised cells called neurons and there are about 100 billion strong of them. When we learn, all the various stimuli – auditory, visual, pressure on the skin, heat, cold, etc. are converted to variable rates of neuron firings in the brain. So, no matter what material we are learning, the brain converts this material to a common medium: the firing of neurons at variable rates. A combination of active engagement, challenge, and practice are essential components needed to get these neurons firing:
“Anyone can get good at anything if they engage in “deliberate practice,” a very specific kind of training that, among other things, is unpleasant. Deliberate practice involves the pursuit of personal improvement via well-defined, specific goals and targeted areas of expertise —and who can give continuous feedback. It also requires constantly practicing outside of one's comfort zone.”
Anders Ericsson, Psychologist, Author: The making of an expert; How to make your kid good at anything
Our Neuromonitor (EEG) forces the brain to actively engage during every neurocognitive exercise. This means the exercises bring out the student's optimum state of attention during the learning process and help them stay focused on the task at hand.
The brain needs to be challenged long enough, with exercises that are not to difficult. Each student is challenged through Sheer Genius ™, the artificial intelligence written into our program. Sheer Genius™ sets and prioritizes achievable goals for each session to help increase their performance of students every step of the way.
Deliberate practise is when mini-goals are put into place, and the feedback is immediate. Our exercises force deliberate practice. The network of neurons that stores information actually grows physically closer to each other, enabling far quicker transmission of data between the cells in that network.