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Applying Educational Neuroscience to Improve Well-Being

18 Years Helping Students Skyrocket Student Achievement

Andrea Samadi

  • Former middle school teacher from Toronto, Canada began working with success principles with students in the late 1990s.
  • Asked a neighbor what he did for a living and was handed a book that would change her life.
  • Began studying and working with Bob Proctor, and began to teach success principles to teens, after the Columbine tragedy.
  • Moved from Toronto, Canada to Phoenix, Arizona in May 2001 as the Executive Director of “Youth Mentor International” and had to quickly apply the principles to her own life when the world was turned upside down with September 11th, 2001.
  • Wrote The Secret for Teens Revealed  and began working on ways to inspire students to be creators, thinkers and innovators.
  • Studied brain training with John Assaraf and wrote the Level Up book after being coached by Mark Robert Waldman on the most current neuroscience techniques that would help students in the classroom.


Strategic Planning for Wellness

Strategies to Improve Well-Being and School Culture:

  • What are your well-being goals?
  • Where are your current gaps?
  • Implementing educational neuroscience for new results.
  • Implementing the 6 pillars of social and emotional learning.

Goals & Targets for Well-Being

Create a plan to easily implement these strategies for improved well-being around these 6 areas:

  • Growth Mindset
  • Decision-Making
  • Self-Awareness
  • Self-Regulated Learning
  • Relationship Skills

Implement and Extend to Students

Staff implement strategies to reduce stress in the classroom for educators first, and then use ready-made worksheets to apply to the students in the classroom.

  • Strategies for educators to reduce stress
  • Strategies for students to increase learning in the classroom
  • Record and measure success stories

What Are Educators Saying?

Dr. Branham and I met Mrs. Andrea Samadi in 2014. The new character education class truly captivated our students. Our parents even saw a pleasant change in their child and Victory High School’s new Character Education program. Our students were able to work on their Goals, Dreams, Strengths, Weaknesses, and Personal growth. Andrea inspired our students by telling how she continued to work towards her success and the many times she had fallen short but always came back stronger than ever. Her personal stories helped the students see how life ups and downs a can be teachable moments on their way to success. Mrs. Samadi’s program taught our students how to develop Character.

#bizchampion Victory High School Laptop Award Winner

Dr. Branham ★★★★★ Victory High School, AZ, USA

Jeff Kleck, School Adminstrator

“Like Martin Luther King Jr.  I dream that all students will understand how their brains work and use the knowledge to be successful…I dream that students and teachers will find books like Level Up…and use the information contained to increase their brain power and success.”– Jeff Kleck, GCU Adjunct Instructor, School Administrator

Jeff Kleck
GCU Adjunct Instructor

Robert Jerus

“Level Up is an action oriented guide designed not for school but for life. It is constructed with interactive exercises that demand the learner both think and feel. Level Up will transform learners into achievers as they follow the well outlined path. The text and guidelines are inviting, encouraging and supportive. Staying with the program creates powerful connection between neuroscience, theory and success.” – Robert Jerus, SPHR, Author of Mind Matters & EIQ-2 Emotional Intelligent Systems

Robert Jerus
Author of Mind Matters

Mark Waldman

“Andrea Samadi’s book makes an important contribution to education and the creative process of personal growth. She has identified 30 brain-based concepts that directly correlate to leading a highly successful, productive life. As a leading neuroscience researcher, I can assure you that her grasp of the human brain is spot-on” – Mark Robert Waldman, World’s Leading Expert on Communication and the Brain

Mark Robert Waldman
Author and Neuroscience Researcher


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Four Steps For Using Your Persistence to Solve a Problem

Four Steps For Using Your Persistence to Solve a Problem

Four Steps For Using Your Persistence to Solve a Problem: Then Put it into Action!

When solving a problem, whether personal or academic, we must engage our “Decision-Making Brain/Neocortex” that is right behind our forehead. This is the part of the brain that is involved in the key executive functions of your brain like “evaluating, planning, implementing, monitoring, and making adjustments to overcome problems.”[1]

Four Steps For Using Your Persistence to Solve a Problem:

  1. Evaluate the Problem: What needs to be done to complete the problem? Do you know the steps to follow? If not, can you find someone to help you?
  2. Planning: As you begin to think, your frontal lobe will begin to create some strategies. What is my end goal? How do I know when I have achieved it? What must I do next?
  3. Implementing: As you begin to solve the problem using your chosen strategy, it’s your decision-making part of your brain that keeps you focused on the outcome. Notice what happens to you at this stage. How do you persist through to solve the problem? What helps you to keep going? What happens when you are stuck? Do you give up or keep going? What motivates you to keep going?
  4. Monitor and Adjust: Did you complete the problem? If not, what must you do to keep persisting? What adjustments do you need to make?

With practice, you can train yourself to recognize each of these four decision-making steps and with self-awareness you will see what you must adjust and monitor to get to your end goal.

Ask yourself?  

What happens to you when you become stuck solving a problem? What you do naturally do? What NEW strategies can you implement to persist and blast through where you usually are stuck?

The Meaning of Persistence

Oxford Dictionary defines “Persistence” as Continuing in an opinion or course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition.[2]

Similar words for persistence are perseverance, tenacity, determination, resolve, staying power, patience, endurance, diligence, tirelessness, patience.

Persistence Activity for the Classroom

Find a partner and solve this problem using persistence for scheduling work shifts.


Download the worksheet here and complete this problem with your students grades 6 and up.

Here is the shift scheduler for your students to begin their plan.

Here is the answer key.

Dick’s Sporting Goods is a popular sporting store in Arizona. The manager is having a lot of troubling managing his employees because the employees are available to work only at certain times. The store is open from 9:00 A.M. until 9:00 P.M. At least one person must be working at all times. The busiest times in the store are Fridays through Sundays between 2:00 P.M. and 9:00 P.M. Each employee’s shift (the time spent at work on a given day) typically lasts four hours. The employees are all high school or college students and cannot work more than 15 hours per week.

There are ten employees: Agnes, Arturo, Cassandra, Edward, Hannah, Luther, Marcus, Megan, Olivia, and Tyrone. Using the shift scheduler, can you help design a schedule that works for everyone? [3]

[1] Mark Robert Waldman and Chris Manning “Neurowisdom: The New Brain Science of Money, Happiness and Success” ( Diversion Books, January 2017 Chapter 7 on Decision-Making).

[2] Oxford Online


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