What is Brainjogging?
Athletes tone their bodies to enhance their physical endurance and performance; students should tone their minds in a similar fashion to enhance mental endurance and performance. Recent advances such as the functional MRI and PET scan have given scientists the ability to measure brain activity objectively and compare the activities of "normal" students with those with particular disabilities. Brainjogging was developed based on published scientific research on increasing learning efficiency and proficiency through building and strengthening synaptic nerve connections.
Camp Academia has achieved phenomenal results with a wide spectrum of learning disabilities by specifically tailoring the Brainjogging program for each student, based on his or her Consultation results. Students that Brainjog for five to seven minutes, twice daily, rapidly begin to improve their capacity for learning. Camp Academia's Brainjogging has been responsible for improvements in:
- Attention level
- Perceptual and processing abilities
- Amount of tutoring / studying / homework time
- Motor skills
- Long term memory retention ability
“Since starting the Brainjogging program the number of hours spent assisting our child with his homework continues to drastically decrease, yet our child's grades keep improving.”
– Parent of 8th Grader
How does Brainjogging work?
Brainjogging is not a miracle program, nor is it a “quick fix” for severe learning disorders. It is an incredibly successful program for retraining the brain to learn more efficiently, block out extraneous stimuli and enhance learning and memory. If used twice daily, every day for five to seven minutes, as directed, this cutting-edge, research-based program will gradually train the brain to process new information efficiently.
Since its inception, Brainjogging has achieved extraordinary success when implemented and followed properly. Brainjogging’s success is due entirely to its scientific foundations. The program was designed based on the brain’s basic functions. In order to transmit information, brain cells act as both senders and recipients: the sending cell dispatches a transmitter molecule, which binds to a receptor molecule on the receiving cell. These molecules are called neurons, or transmitters, which act as messengers for cell-to-cell communication. Neurons cross over gaps called synapses. These synapses are not static; the frequency of their use dictates their strength of effectiveness in transmitting information. Thus, these synapses become stronger with increased use.
Brainjogging strengthens students’ neural connections. The eye movement exercises increase students’ eye muscles’ strength and trains the eyes to move quickly and efficiently. The eye movement exercises also strengthen students’ neural connections and visual recognition. Because students must say, spell and then say again the displayed word, they pay close attention to letters’ orientation within words. The letter flash exercises measure the accuracy and speed of students’ visual letter recognition. Brief, repeated exposure to letters further enhances cognitive processing speeds, thus enabling Brainjoggers to assimilate and understand new information with greater ease.
How is Brainjogging tailored individually to each student?
Brainjogging simultaneously enhances cognitive processing speed, visual recognition, spelling and assimilation and understanding of material. Even so, Brainjogging is designed so that it can increase understanding within given subjects. Brainjogging’s content is based on each student’s personal academic material.
As students receive information in school or come across it in books, they are trained by a Brainjogging coach to generate word lists containing that information in a condensed format. The lists make information more accessible than do textbooks: definitions are abbreviated to make information concise, usually in two-word sequences. Students generate lists for every subject they will come across in a particular school year, in addition to material that is otherwise relevant to them: science, vocabulary, literature, math, biology, etc. Brainjogging even contains lists of “direction” words and their specific meanings so that students, particularly those with LPD, are well-equipped to follow directions they might otherwise misunderstand.
Students make specific word lists for each subject. For example, students generate lists for each spelling vocabulary unit; these lists contain the vocabulary word and its synonyms. These lists provide the words that students see during eye movements, and students thus see these particular lists when they Brainjog. They are repeatedly exposed to information on which they will be tested or otherwise evaluated. Studying for final exams is easy, because students are constantly reviewing information! Brainjogging negates the “learn and forget” syndrome.
Brainjogging can be used to enhance the retention and understanding of any information: academic information, schedules, Bible verses, etc. It is truly an ideal tool for students, as it can be applied to any and all information.
How is Brainjogging different from tutoring?
“Brainjogging is more effective than tutoring! After only one year, my child received the President's Education Award Recognition of Outstanding Academic Excellence! I feel that Camp Academia's Brainjogging has given our family a normal, happier life."
- Parent of 7th Grader
Brainjogging prepares the student's mind to learn by training the brain to process information in a more efficient manner. Tutoring is only effective IF the brain is ready to learn. The time commitment to get Brainjogging’s full benefits is small: Brainjogger’s do their exercises twice daily for five to seven minutes. The total time commitment is 15-20 minutes a day!
How do you start the Brainjogging program?
This subject is discussed in greater detail under Consultation, which you can find under Student Services at the top of any page.