5 Tips for Finding Good Brain Training Resources
Anytime a great new idea comes on the scene, it is inevitably followed by a herd of experts all claiming that they have the best resource for you. But how can you tell which one is telling the truth?
Brain training is no exception to this principle. It’s new, it’s exciting and it is yielding amazing results in people with learning struggles. There are lots of new brain training resources popping up every day, and their claims are not always consistent, or easy to understand. When it comes to your child’s future, you need a clear answer. So what do you do? Here are five tips that we hope will help you decide which resources to pay attention to and which to take with a grain of salt.
Tip #1: Investigate. Search for information. Check out the reputation of the resource in question. Anyone can make a program sound great with clever marketing copy. But real results are hard to fake. So, take into account the background and credentials of the company. Call the company and ask to be connected with real people who have been helped by their program. Search around to find out whether your resource is credible.
Tip #2: Verify. Make sure that the information on any brain training website is backed up by hard scientific evidence, data and research, and matches up with the latest discoveries in brain science. Most reputable learning companies will have research documents available for you to browse.
Tip #3: Get serious about results. If a brain training website or company tells you to spend money and time on "brain games" and expect great results, be very careful. Brain games are fun, and may have a little value, but real, lasting results come from hard work and intensive, one-on-one training sessions. There are solutions, but no easy fixes. Make sure the resources you are researching are serious about results.
Tip #4: Find real people behind the claims. It's very easy to make big promises on the web, because there are no publishers or checks & balances. Nothing has to really be true on the internet! Luckily, there are ways to figure out whether a website or other resource is bluffing. The best way is to find real people to talk to, face-t0-face. If a brain trainer is unwilling / unable to interact with you offline, they aren’t the best choice, because brain training requires trust and coaching and personal interaction.
Tip #5: Remember the word VALUE. If you go out and buy a used Plymouth for $400, you might think "Wow, I got a car for $400!" but you may regret your purchase later when you realize your car doesn't run very well. Remember that any brain training resource that claims to improve cognition for really, really cheap is almost certainly lying to you. You will always spend more for phenomenal results.