Assess whether neuro-agility training in a higher education environment would impact academic results


Performance improvement intervention for more than 200 3rd year physiology students of the University of Pretoria


  • A group of 106 final year students went for brain performance pre-assessment (NAP™) at the beginning of the semester;
  • Students were required to log 50 hours of neuro-agility training;
  • Students were re-assessed on their brain performance at the end of the semester.


  • A statistically significant difference on each driver that optimizes brain performance was recorded;
  • Students improved the drivers that impact their brain health and performance with 10,43%;
  • Students improved their learning skills with 9,43%;
  • A 98,2% pass rate was recorded – the highest pass rate yet!
  • Downloadable overview: Student Agility onepagerB
  • Downloadable detail Power Point: right 3rd year Student Agility case study

ROI Impact

  • 100% of respondents stated that knowing the information provided in their NAP™ helped them in transitioning to a higher level of wellness.
  • Using the findings from their NAP™ , students improved the drivers that optimize their brain performance as follows:
    • 11,3% increase in brain fitness;
    • 11,2% increase in stress coping skills;
    • 10,3% increase in brain friendly diet;
    • 6,93% increase in positive sleeping habits;
    • 11,6% Increase in positive attitude (mind-set).
  • Using the findings from their NAP™ , students improved their learning skills as follows:
    • 8,95% increase in their general approach to learning;
    • 12,2% increase in memory skills;
    • 8,38% increase in reading skills;
    • 12.9% increase in note-taking skills;
    • 8,95% increase in listening skills;
    • 9,52% increase in concentration.

Take Aways

Using the NAP™ contributed to:

  • Higher pass rates;
  • Better learner performance;
  • Accurate awareness of personal learning preferences;
  • Accelerating learning;
  • Increased ease and flexibility with learning and thinking;
  • Increased brain fitness, memory and concentration;
  • Improved brain health and wellness

Edith Tiencken

Edith Tiencken, GPHR, SHRM-SCP is the president of Smart Brain Insights and the managing partner for NeuroLink Company for USA, Canada and Latin America. She serves as an International Advisor providing people and businesses with insights, innovative strategies and tools for business growth to senior leaders, business owners and consultants. Her 25+ years of experience and passion for exploring and developing business and individual potential has driven success in cultural change, organizational learning, and in building high-performing organizations. She collaborated, led and managed organizations in the US, Latin America, Canada, Europe and Asia Pacific. Edith has been a guest and public speaker in private enterprises, educational institutions, social and professional organizations and diverse occupational groups, positively impacting thousands of professionals worldwide.