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Is There a Best Brains Center Near You?

Oct-26, 2020

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By now, you've probably heard of Best Brains' 150 locations across the US and Canada, and thanks to our Online Learning program, you can access our Math and English lessons from anywhere. But do you know where in the world our Best Brains centers actually are?

The more we grow, the more kids we can reach. Not only does that mean better school performance and test scores, but also more opportunities for Best Brains students to meet, collaborate, and create future opportunities with each other! Since our students are our #1 priority, we're always eager to support their dreams and ideas, and look forward to their accomplishments today and tomorrow.

Let's take a look at major areas where you can find a Best Brains center.

San Francisco

With 13 locations and counting, the San Francisco area is bustling with Best Brains centers. Known around the world for its impressive Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco has been called the Paris of the West and the Baghdad of the Bay, as a nod to its cosmopolitan atmosphere, cultural diversity, and attitude of tolerance and inclusion. Best Brains expanded to the Bay Area back in 2015, starting with just 2 locations. With over 50,000 students in the area, there are still many opportunities to expand!

Washington DC

Best Brains boasts 9 locations around the United States capital, spread evenly between Virginia and Maryland. DC is, of course, the home of many historical landmarks like the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Smithsonian National Museum, as well as being the governmental seat of the USA. DC students get to see history being made up close, and we are happy to provide them with our supplemental programs, especially our Public Speaking courses. Many a future leader will either come from or journey to Washington DC at some point in their lives. They deserve every advantage that a Best Brains education can provide along the way!

Texas – Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio

They say everything is bigger in Texas, and for Best Brains that is no exception. We have over 30 locations in Texas alone, spread between Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth (or DFW to locals), and Houston. San Antonio has also just joined the family, opening their first center in September 2020! Known as the Lone Star State, Texas is famous for having an independent streak and an eye to the horizon. Best Brains students can expect that same can-do spirit to be communicated in the classroom. With a mix of 1-on-1 instruction and self-led study, our students thrive.

Toronto

Not only is Toronto the capital of Ontario and the most populated city in Canada, it's also the 4th most populated city in the whole of North America! It's no wonder than Best Brains has increased its presence there to 12 locations in a little over 3 years. Toronto, like San Francisco, has a reputation for diversity, and is often cited as the most multicultural city in the world, with over 200 ethnic groups calling the metropolis home. A city filled with museums, stunning architecture, and natural beauty from its beaches and forests, there is always something new for a Best Brains student to discover in this incredible city.

Other Locations

Best Brains has multiple locations in many other major cities such as Atlanta, Baltimore, Charlotte, Chicago, Columbus, Detroit, Madison, Milwaukee, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York City, and Philadelphia, and at least one center in areas like Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Nashville, Omaha, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Seattle, Tampa, and many, many more!!! And with plans to expand into new cities as well as open more locations in established areas, the chances of finding a center near you increase every day!

Do you wish there was a Best Brains center in your area? Chances are, we feel the same way! You can contact Best Brains at any time by phone or email to learn more about your options. Starting a Best Brains center might be the best investment you make in 2020.


Best Brains Online - A How-To Guide

Aug-10, 2020

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Hi, everyone! This is Ms. Alyssa. You may know me as the host of All About Things, the YouTube series where I share cool, weird, and fascinating facts about all sorts of topics. This is my How-To Guide for our online programs. Today, we're going to talk about what the Best Brains Online program is, and how you can get the benefits of our instruction from anywhere!

The Basics

Just like our in-class instruction, you can attend Math, English and Abacus courses online. You'll use the same materials you use when you're in center, and meet weekly, just like you would normally. We also have other classes you can take online, like Public Speaking and Daytime Learning.

Tips for New Parents - Getting Started

Just signed up for Best Brains online or thinking about signing up? Here's what you'll need to do. First, you need to make sure every child who's signed up for classes takes a diagnostic test. These get sent to you in your email. Make sure you can finish the whole thing in one session! A diagnostic test is meant to assess how much your child already knows, so that we can start learning new stuff right away. So, don't feel bad if they don't know something. We'll teach it to them!

Once the diagnostic test has been completed, you can choose when your child will attend class. Remember, Math and English classes are a half hour each and Abacus classes are an hour. We teach Math and English at the same time if you're enrolled in both. Currently we use the program Zoom to connect students with our teachers. Make sure that the device you give your child has a functioning webcam and that you have a solid internet connection. You can download Zoom here.

Make sure you find a space in your home where your child can attend class. Try to find a place with minimal noise, since nobody likes to be interrupted by loud noises when they're trying to talk or taking a test. Also make sure that there is a solid writing surface, since we're working on homework packets. Be sure to have a pencil and a set of crayons, since we do lots of coloring! If you're in Abacus class, make sure that you have enough room for your workbook and the Abacus tool, since it has to lay flat on the table. Otherwise your beads are going to start sliding around!

Tips for New Students - Best Brains Homework

When you sign up for online learning, you'll be getting all your materials on a month-by-month basis. If you're signed up for Math, English, and Abacus, that's 12 books. That can feel like a lot of work! But don't worry, once you break it down over time it won't seem like so much.

You shouldn't be spending more than 15 minutes per subject on homework. However, you should be working on your homework every day, except for days you have class. Those days, the work is already done! We want students to work on their homework daily since it's the best way to learn and to retain information. If you need help, you can always check the front of your packet for instructions and the answers you went through with the teacher. If you still need help, you can request to meet with your teacher for extra instruction. Click this link to fill out the form. (There's also a really nice tutorial for using Zoom here, too!)

Tips for Best Brains Families - Stick With It!

When we don't have to see each other face-to-face, it can be difficult to hold ourselves accountable. But take my advice: the way to get the most out of the Best Brains Online experience is to stay committed to the process. Be ready for class with a sharpened pencil, fresh crayons, a good eraser, and a positive attitude. Don't be afraid to ask questions; the teacher wants to interact with you! Make sure you're doing each section of the homework every day without putting if off or rushing through it to finish. Parents, make sure you're sending the homework back to be graded, checking periodically for completion, and staying in regular communication with teachers and administrators to make sure you're following the plan. Utilize homework help, it's a part of the program and is meant to be used by all our students each week to make sure they're learning, retaining knowledge, and staying motivated. Lastly, encourage your friends and fellow parents who might be struggling to give Best Brains a try. We can do so much more to help kids all over the US and Canada, but we can't do it without you. Thanks for checking out my How-To Guide, everyone. And remember, Be Your Best!

 

Want to stay up-to-date with the Best Brains YouTube Channel? Click here. Want to sign up for Best Brains Online? Let's get started!

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What is Best Brains?

Aug-01, 2020

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You may have heard of Best Brains as an option for online tutoring help. But what does Best Brains do, and how do we set ourselves apart from other programs?

The Basics

Best Brains offers Math and English classes for kids ages 3 to 14. We teach your child both computational and non-computational math concepts. Our English classes cover all five Language Arts topics: reading comprehension, writing, grammar, spelling, and vocabulary. We also offer Abacus and General Knowledge classes for kids ages 7 and up. All of our curriculum is unique to Best Brains, and designed to support the same concepts your kids are learning in school, which can lead to better understanding in the classroom, faster homework completion, higher test scores, and better grades. We take a fun, non-repetitive approach to our learning, teaching kids one concept at a time for maximum efficiency.

How does it work?

First, Best Brains only hires board certified teachers to teach our Math and English programs. The same teachers serving in your local community also work for your local Best Brains center! We maintain a low student-to-teacher ratio, no more than 5 students per teacher at a Math or English table or online session. This guarantees 1-on-1 interaction with each student in a productive environment.

Classes are held once per week. Our teachers teach the concept of the week to your child. Using their weekly homework packet, the student perceives the lesson. Then, at home, the student practices the concept in various ways to reinforce their knowledge. By the end of the week, they perfect their understanding of the concept, and are ready to learn something new!

What is my role?

As a parent, we ask that you bring your child to class each week, or make sure they are ready in front of the computer when their online learning session begins. We provide weekly feedback in your child’s Progress Book, which we ask that you read over and sign, so that we know you’re following along! Lastly, we ask that you provide time for the student’s daily practice. Devoting 10 minutes per subject per day is the most effective way to teach Math and English concepts, and keeps the process fun and engaging for your kids!

Why Best Brains?

We are the premiere, US-based educational company devoted to providing a well-rounded education to children in the US, Canada, and beyond. Our commitment to hiring the most qualified educators, providing the most effective curriculum, maintaining the most competitive pricing, and continually striving to improve and expand on what Best Brains is, means that now is the perfect time to join the Best Brains Family!

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What Makes Best Brains Teachers the Best

Feb-11, 2019

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Just as each child has their own unique personality, so do they have a unique style of learning. However, many teachers due to their lack of education or funding in their school system, cannot facilitate the individual needs of each student. This creates fundamental learning gaps in many children and the need for help later in their education. Best Brains seeks to solve this issue.

Education

Our teachers are board-certified at state and national standards for professionalism and excellence with years of real classroom experience and the knowledge required to be just what your child needs. They have been trained to assess each student on their educational needs and to find the root of the problem, not just the symptoms.

Your child will work with the same teacher each week to ensure that their progress and problem areas are consistently being assessed. We also pride ourselves on our low student to teacher ratio, which helps to ensure that each child gets the attention and care they deserve and need.

Experience

These teachers have experience in creating a learning environment that is interactive and engaging. We don’t use passive teaching, where we simply tell the students about a topic and expect them to learn from it. Instead, we make sure they are actively participating in the learning process.

They are given examples, activities, and work that not only teach them but allow them to learn on their own. Teaching this way gives kids the opportunity to take ownership of their education and to rely on their strengths and not just the teacher’s knowledge.

Methodology for Success

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Methodology for Success

Our teaching methodology is non-repetitive and focuses on presenting new skills and concepts each week. And while these lessons are fun-filled, they are also challenging so that the building blocks of their education can be constantly being added to.

Here at Best Brains, our teachers help prepare students for what is ahead by giving them a firm educational foundation and a connection to the material, enabling them to catch on to future lessons quickly and easily.

Variety and Continuation

This isn’t just tutoring like many after-school programs. This is a complete enrichment program with the sole purpose to improve your child’s overall academic success and development. Our teachers make use of real-time classroom instruction in multiple subjects. We don’t just teach English and Math. In fact, we are the only learning center that also structures lessons in Abacus and General Knowledge.

Most would say that once a child is up to speed or at the correct grade level in a subject, extra help should be forgotten. However, we disagree. Many students and parents alike have found that continuing the Best Brains program creates some of the best and brightest students around. Not only are these kids understanding and mastering what is being taught in their schools but they quickly rise to the top of their class. The extra help they receive at Best Brains teaches them that can do and achieve anything.


Tuition-Free Colleges

Sep-28, 2018

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We all know that figuring out how to pay tuition can be one of the most stressful parts of the college experience. There are scholarships, grants, savings accounts, and loans to consider. Some students work while in school to help cover the cost of attending. Ultimately, students and parents have to work together to figure out the best solution for their finances. However, even as tuitions continue to rise across the country, you may not have heard that there are some schools that don’t charge tuition at all. These smaller colleges find ways to offer undergraduate degrees without charging students to attend.

For instance, at the College of the Ozarks in Missouri, full-time students work part-time during the school year in exchange for free tuition. While the students still have to pay for health and activity fees, they are eligible for Pell Grants and other financial aid to help cover these expenses as well. Berea College in Kentucky has a similar program. Berea’s No Tuition Promise guarantees that no admitted student pays tuition.Instead, the school covers tuition and students work 10-15 hours a week to pay for room and board. Berea students also receive laptop computers that they can use during their four years in school and keep after graduation.

It isn’t just small liberal arts colleges that offer free tuition programs. The Curtis Institute of Music in Pennsylvania offers full-tuition scholarships to all admitted undergraduate and graduate students. This is especially significant because getting a degree in the arts can be an especially costly undertaking. For comparison, tuition at the Rhode Island School of Design is about $50,000 a year, not including housing and other fees. By contrast, students at the Curtis Institute receive scholarships estimated to be worth $42,000 a year for undergraduates.

Of course, some larger universities are also recognizing the burden that rising tuition puts on students and families. A handful of the nation’s top universities have begun to offer generous tuition assistance to students whose families make less than a specified amount of money. Perhaps the most generous program of this kind is Princeton University’s need-blind admission program. Students who apply to Princeton are considered for admission regardless of their families’ income, and are guaranteed 100% of their financial need be met by the university. At Rice University, students whose families make less than $130,000 a year receive guaranteed free tuition, and those who make less than $65,000 have their room and board covered as well.

All of this is good news for families and students who are saving and planning for a college education. As colleges and universities increase their assistance for low- and middle-income students, college becomes a more realistic and less burdensome opportunity for talented students.


The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly Of Report Cards

Dec-20, 2017

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Report cards can be a stressful ordeal for parents and students alike. Even if the child typically makes good grades, it is easy for them to be worried about making specific grades and meeting expectations. As parents, we naturally want our children to succeed. We want them to learn all they can and be the best at everything they try. However, there are times when they may struggle to meet those expectations for themselves and for you. So, here are a few simple ideas to remember as you get your child’s report cards.

The Good

Always praise a good report card. Let your child know that you are proud of them and the accomplishments they have made. Don’t just say it either, show them. Post it up on the refrigerator, a cork board, or even frame it.

Inspire them to create good work habits. It is important that your student learns study and work habits that will help them to succeed. Install a love of reading in them. Be a good example of this by reading often yourself. Work with them to put together a game plan for studying and time management.

If your child has straight A’s, don’t always assume that this is the best they can do. Often those who ace everything are not being challenged enough. This can turn into boredom and the start of bad habits, so make sure that your child is able to learn at higher levels or advanced classes if they wish to.

The Bad

When your child comes home with a bad report card, it is important to talk about it with your child. Don’t just sweep it under the rug and hope for the best next time. Make sure they are understanding the work asked of them and the instructions in class. Encourage them to try their best.

A bad grade does not mean that he or she is a failure in that area. Nor does it mean that you are a failure as a parent. What it does mean is there is room for improvement. This is a time for you and your child to discuss and work out a process that will help them in whatever area they need.

Many parents have found success for their child after offering incentives for good grades. Adults and children alike love rewards so its no surprise that a trip to the ice cream shop, the movies, or a special dinner might inspire a student to put forth hard work and focus.

The Ugly

The ugly part of report cards is that they are not all created equally. Whether your child has good or bad grades, remember that a report card may not show everything you need to know. Also, every teacher is different. They may grade a little more strict or easy than others.

Therefore, it is very important that you are involved with their education. This not only ensures you aren’t missing anything, making report cards a surprise, but also proves to your child that you put a high value on their success and education. They will learn to do the same.

Be involved with their homework. Set aside a certain time for them to do it and be available should they need help. Know your child’s projects and upcoming exams. Pay attention to graded work. For older students, know their classes. Make sure what they are taking will set them up for success and lead them to a brighter future.