meet mike

Talk to Mike Byster for 10 minutes and he will change the way you think about learning forever. With his contagious enthusiasm and passion for math and memory, he will prove that not only are you able to expand your mind, but you will have fun doing so. With one of the fastest mathematical minds on the planet, Mike receives thousands of calls each year from schools requesting him to visit and share his knowledge. He has been to over 16,000 classrooms, nursing homes, and businesses worldwide — all on his own dime.

ABC's 20/20 in an investigative report said, "He turns average kids into whiz kids." After Mike was featured on 20/20, the program received more emails than any other segment in the history of the show.

Winner of the title "Superhuman" June, 2017 on Fox, he has also been featured on "Windy City Live", The Hallmark Channel's "Home and Family", WGN News, ABC News, Reader's Digest, Bloomberg News, NPR, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times, Atlanta-Journal Constitution, The Gayle King Show, Bulldog in the Morning Show, Jenniffer Weigel's "I'm Spiritual, Dammit", Paul Lisnek's "Behind the Curtain", and many local and regional media channels across the country. Watching Mike do huge math equations in his head—even faster than a calculator—is extraordinary. To see kids do exactly the same thing is life changing. But Mike was not born a genius. He broke learning skills down into simple easy to follow steps, which are not taught in schools. Skills that every student needs for success. In doing so, he wants to empower all individuals to be able to reach their full potential.

Today, Mike's mission in life is to positively impact the minds and lives of all students. Even for students with test anxiety and learning disabilities, Mike's approach to learning takes the pressure off, making the process of learning a positive experience. Mike has literally written the book on mental math, memory, focus, concentration, and organization skills. His book, The Power of Forgetting, and DVD system, Brainetics, were born from his love of learning and his own struggles in school. He created Brainetics so the entire family can have a great time while learning. Brainetics is the winner of the 2008 Parent's Choice Award, 2012 Mom's Best Award, 2012 Dr. Toy's 10 Best Games Award, and 2015 Academics' Choice "Brain Toy" Award.

A native of Chicago, Mike earned his Business degree at the University of Illinois and he is a member of the National Council of Mathematics Teachers and Mensa.