Brain Beat is a biweekly column sponsored by LearningRx Chattanooga.

Achieving a high-quality education and a good report card can lead to success for any student.  But for struggling learners, weak cognitive skills can be a barrier.  LearningRx Chattanooga Brain Training Center wants to partner with schools and parents to help students overcome their learning struggles, strengthen those weak cognitive skills and increase their chances for academic success.

The local brain training center is offering anyone under 19 a discounted assessment of their cognitive skills if they bring in a copy of their report card. The assessment measures brain skills like processing speed, attention, logic and reasoning, visual and auditory processing, and memory. The results of the assessment can help students decide what steps to take in strengthening weak cognitive skills.

“There are many incorrect assumptions about why students make less-than-stellar grades. Research shows that most bad report cards simply mean that the child is struggling to learn. And learning struggles are due to weak cognitive skills,” says LearningRx Chattanooga Director, Michelle Hecker Davis. “What’s encouraging is that these learning skills can be strengthened through intensive one-on-one brain training.”

Hecker Davis explains that the brain training center’s approach goes beyond basic tutoring by improving attention, math, memory, and reading skills in ways that last.

“The first step is the Cognitive Skills Assessment to see the root cause of the learning struggles. The Cognitive Skills Assessment is foundational to everything we do. We use this assessment to identify a student’s unique cognitive skill strengths and weaknesses. It’s how we customize our program to ensure the best results possible.”

Students can bring in their report cards during the center’s business hours, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

LearningRx Chattanooga, located at 2040 Hamilton Place Blvd., serves as a resource to help students build up cognitive skills that will help them succeed at school and in life.  The end of the school year can be especially difficult. Students may get “summer fever” as the end of the year approaches and begin to slack off and lose interest in school work. It is extremely important to finish the year strong. The center has several programs and resources throughout the school year and the summer to address the needs of students at every stage.

To learn more about the assessments (a $199 value) or treating the root cause of learning struggles associated with ADHD, dyslexia, Asperger’s, Autism or dyscalculia (trouble with math), contact Michelle Hecker Davis of LearningRx in Chattanooga at [email protected] or (423) 305-1599.

LearningRx Chattanooga, located near Hamilton Place Mall, is part of the largest one-on-one brain training organization in the world. With 80 centers in the U.S. and locations in over 40 countries around the globe, LearningRx has helped more than 100,000 individuals and families sharpen their cognitive skills to help them think faster, learn easier and perform better. Their on-site programs partner every client with a personal brain trainer to keep clients engaged, accountable and on-task—a key advantage over online-only brain exercises. Their pioneering methods have been used in clinical settings for over 35 years and have been verified as beneficial in peer-reviewed research papers and journals. To learn more about LearningRx research results, programs and their 9.6 out of 10 client satisfaction rating, visit