Brainetics Scam Rumors Create Havoc Online

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Brainetics scam is rising to the top of the search engines and Google trends today. Last year, Mike Byster created the popular Brainetics educational system that teaches math and memory skills. It was
quickly awarded a 2008 Parents' Choice Gold Award but now the rumor on several blogs and social networks is that Brainetics is a scam.

Sold via infomercial, Brainetics is very popular among homeschooling families. The educational program package includes DVDs, educational playing cards, and a workbook that guarantees that users may do better in math, spelling and other subjects using this memory based system. It sells for $99 plus shipping.

Currently there are no complaints with the Better Business Bureau or the Consumer Product Safety Division. The product can be returned for a full refund within 30 days of purchase.

The Brainetics scam seems to be based on bloggers questioning if a child's grades will go from a "C" to an "A" using this product for just 20 minutes a day. Other blogs have complained about the annoying commercial full of screaming teen girls, but that is fairly common with infomercials. However, there seems to be universally positive feedback about the Brainetics product, including the fact that parents found that children enjoyed math more once they used the educational product. The trending Brainectics scam topic just might be more rumor than truth.



Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Brainettics evidently can turn a student into a human calculator. However, there is more to math than meets the eye. However, can Brainettics help students answer and understand the following questions, like where do negative numbers come from? Were do multiplicaiton and division come from and how do they really relate to each other? What is addition? What is subtraction? Will Brainettics help a student understand how to add/subtract unlike fractions? Better yet, can Brainettics help the student improve his higher order thinking skills? I believe that a math program that addresses most of the questions mentioned above will help most of the students struggling to understand and learn math in school. Otherwise, just get them a calculator for $.99 and not $99.00.!

Submitted by scmn45 on
Has anyone noticed the little african-american boy in the blue sweater. he has his hand up and a sad expression on his face, like Mike never calls on me. then you have the screaming kids that seem to really get the program. all other african-american children are the actor children with their actor father. or are never shown answering questions. did he go into the urban schools to test his program ever? i am doubting it.

My husband and purchased Brainetics in January of this year to assist our teenage son in his recovery from a traumatic brain injury. The program goes far beyond magic squares and parlor tricks. Our son has now worked through disc 4, and we've seen a marked improvement in his reading comprehension, mathematics skills, and short-term memory. While he cannot yet do all of the Brainetics concepts his head, he is making huge progress. This has boosted his self-esteem and has given him the confidence he needs to continue pushing forward toward recovery. However, do not expect to use Brainetics as a substitute for math class. It is a fabulous tool to get kids excited about numbers, and to reinforce what they've already learned.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I need helppp

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