Brain Training for Academic Success

PD Quarterly, February 2018

12 Pages Posted: 21 Feb 2018

Date Written: February 2018


This paper describes the collaboration between Texas Tech University School of Law and the Brain Performance Institute at the University of Texas-Dallas to implement high-performance brain training for law students. The pilot program used a variation of BPI's Strategic Memory Advanced Reasoning Training (SMART), which teaches students to train their brains more analytically by focusing on strategies to enhance strategic attention, integration, and innovation. Grounded in evidence-based neuroplasticity concepts, SMART focuses on an individual's fluid intelligence. For law students, brain training can help in many aspects of the academic program and can be targeted to help improve bar passage. SMART also teaches that you are not your past labels, such as your LSAT score or your grades from past semesters; you can rewire your brain to improve performance. The papers traces the TTU-BPI collaboration and shares lessons learned from that pilot program.

Keywords: brain, brain training, academic support, academic achievement, bar passage, bar examination, neuroplasticity

Suggested Citation

Dickerson, Darby, Brain Training for Academic Success (February 2018). PD Quarterly, February 2018, Available at SSRN:

Darby Dickerson (Contact Author)

Southwestern Law School ( email )

3050 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90010
United States

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