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21 Interesting Apps To Train Your Brain

21 Interesting Apps To Train Your Brain

Want to improve your memory or train yourself to relax? Grab your smartphone – with thousands of interesting apps for all devices, there are many ways you can train your brain with technology. Here are twenty of the most interesting brain training apps for all types of goals. They’re sorted below by category, including apps that train your brain to concentrate, relax, learn, accomplish goals, and even memorize better.

Apps That Train Your Memory

Improving memory for names, faces, information and other data can be helpful for anyone’s daily life.

1. Eidetic (iOS)

The Eidetic app aims to help make memorizing numbers and facts easier by using spaced repetition. It allows users to add banks of phone numbers, quotes or other facts to memorize, with built-in formats for several popular categories. Eidetic sets retest reminders with different options, with the idea that spacing out tests helps long-term memory. Eidetic is available on iOS, and is free to try, but the full version costs $1.99.

Eidetic App

    2. Lumosity (iOS / Android)

    The Lumosity brain-training app is fairly well-known, based on scientific principles, and gets very good reviews. It incorporates different games and exercises to train different areas of your mind including attention, memory and problem solving. The program sets reminders and allows you to track your progress. Limited access is free via iOS, Android and browser apps. The full range of functions is accessible for a monthly subscription of $11.99.

    Lumosity App

      3. Peak (iOS)

      Similar to Luminosity, Peak is an app designed to train several areas of the brain, including memory, focus, problem solving, agility and language. It includes 21 games and creates personalized brain workouts and goals for users. Peak provides analytical feedback and graphs for tracking performance, and gets very high reviews from users. Peak is available on iOS, and is free to use. Unlimited access and more in-depth tools are available in the pro version for $4.99 per month.

      Peak App

        4. Memory Trainer (Android)

        The Memory Trainer app is one of the more popular brain games on Android with pretty good reviews. It includes different workout sessions designed to excercise spatial and visual memory, focus and concentration with different simple activities such as matching. Memory Trainer is available on Android for free with ads.

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        Memory Trainer App

          Apps That Train Your Brain to Learn

          One focus of many brain training apps is developing better brain plasticity, or the ability to analyze situations, make decisions, apply logic, and absorb new information.

          5. Real Kakuro (iOS / Android)

          If you like Sudoku or want a different challenge, then Kakuro is definitely a must-try. Kakuro involves larger and more complex grids in which you must identify the digits in the rows and columns based on their sums. It involves a little more math than Sudoku, and is good for exercising your mental math and problem-solving skills. Real Kakuro is one of the more popular apps in this genre, and it is free on iOS and the Google app store (with ads).

          Real Kakuro App

            6. SAT Vocab by Mindsnacks (iOS)

            Though designed with SAT test-takers in mind, this app can help anyone expand their vocabulary. SAT Vocab trains on you on 500 words using nine professor-designed games derived from proven memorization techniques. It trains you on spelling, context, antonyms and other facets of vocab building. SAT Vocab is available on iOS. It is free to try, but the full version costs $4.99. Other language packs in French and Spanish are also available.

            SAT Vocab App

              7. Math Tricks (Android)

              If you want to improve your speed at mathematical calculations or learn helpful mental tricks, this app can help. It contains problems and step-by-step solutions to train your brain to solve basic and complex equations better. Math Tricks includes sections for adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing, and squaring. Math Tricks is available on Android, and is free with ads. On iOS, Mathemagics offers similar math training for $2.99.

              Math Tricks App

                8. Vocabulary.com (iOS / Android)

                The app from Vocabulary.com takes a less intensive approach to vocabulary building. It allows you to look up the meanings to words with plain-text explanations, grammar tips and pronunciations. But, it also includes a game with a point-based achievement system to encourage you to learn new words. Vocabulary.com’s app is available on iOS and Android for $2.99.

                Vocabulary.Com App

                  9. Duolingo (iOS / Android)

                  Want to train your brain to learn a new language? Duolingo offers programs focused on beginner and intermediate learners for around 20 languages, including Spanish, German, French, Chinese and more. It is very highly-rated and very popular, with several games and training methods, goal setting and progress monitoring. Duolingo is completely free, and available on iOS, Android, Windows and browser apps.

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                  DuoLingo App

                    Apps That Train You to Relax

                    If your mind keeps you up at night or you struggle with stress, there are several types of apps designed to help promote relaxation and encourage deep sleep.

                    10. Calm (iOS / Android)

                    This app by Calm.com offers different types of guided meditation and relaxation in sessions as short as two minutes. It also offers different nature scenes, ambient sounds and more. Based on the free meditation sessions at Calm.com, these tricks allow you take a short break from daytime stress or relax at night for better sleep. Calm is available in iOS and Android, and on browsers. It is free to use, with premium options available.

                    Calm App

                      11. Brain Wave – 32 Apps Advanced Binaural Brainwave Entertainment Programs (iOS)

                      Using binaural beats, the Brain Wave app claims to encourage certain brain wave patterns for specific reactions. This version includes programs for a variety of brain training, including sleeping and napping, studying, concentrating, energy, alertness, critical thinking, stress relief and more. The binaural beats can be paired with white noise, nature noises, or iTunes music, and the app gets good ratings. The Brain Wave app is available in iOS for $3.99. Individual apps with fewer programs grouped by category are available for $0.99.

                      Brain Wave 32 App

                        12. Binaural Beats Music (Android)

                        For Android users, the Binaural Beats Music app offers 15 binaural tracks for sleeping, studying and meditation. Background noise levels can be adjusted and the app is well-rated and has a hypnosis function as well. This app is available for free in the Google appstore for Android.

                        Binaural Beats Music App

                          13. Long Deep Breathing (Android)

                          Breathing is an automatic function, but training your brain to consciously control your breath rate and depth is helpful for relaxing and beating stress. The Long Deep Breathing app uses visual and audio cues help you practice and master deep, slow breaths. In the app, you can adjust the length of a session and the duration of breaths to match your level. A timer with a gauge helps you space out breaths, and verbal instruction can also be turned on for beginners This app is available for free in the Google appstore for Android.

                          Long- Deep Breathing App

                            14. Headspace.com (iOS / Android)

                            If you want to train yourself to meditate, this app is ready to help. The free version includes 10 sessions of 10 minutes each that guide users through meditation and mindfulness. You can track progress, partner with a friend, and get reminders and rewards for achievements. The premium version offers additional levels and lengths of programs for further meditation training. This app is available for free in the iOS and Android app stores, with premium features for a monthly subscription of $12.99.

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                            Headspace App

                              15. Relax and Sleep Well by Glenn Harrold (iOS / Android)

                              Insomnia is often a result of stress or not being able to turn off thoughts before bed. Guided relaxation techniques can be helpful in this regard, as they distract you from normal patterns and help you enter that sleep state. The Relax and Sleep Well app by Glenn Harrold also includes one 27-minute guided hypnosis session voiced by a professional therapist for deep sleep paired with relaxing background sounds. A longer session is available in the premium version. Relax and Sleep Well is available on iOS and Android for free, with the longer sleep session available for $2.99.

                              Relax And Sleep Well App

                                Apps That Train Your Brain to Concentrate

                                Concentration and focus are important brain skills for getting things done at school and work. Some apps help you minimize distractions, while others provide exercises.

                                16. Concentration Aid with Classical (Android)

                                Since music with words can be distracting, the Concentration Aid app offers a list of classical songs to promote focus while working or studying. Based on the concept of the Baroque effect and the Mozart effect, specific songs are chosen which are structured in a way that promotes mental activity. If you aren’t sure what classical songs to add to your collection, this app could provide you with a good introduction. This Concentration Aid app is available on Android for free.

                                Concentration Aid App

                                  17. Pomodoro Timer (iOS)

                                  Based on the scientifically-proven Pomodoro technique, this app is designed to help you manage focus and energy in order to improve productivity. The app allows you set it for a specific amount of time – 25 minutes is suggested – during which you have a specific goal in mind to complete. When it reminds you, you take a short break and then repeat. After the fourth interval, you take a longer break. The idea is that the periods of work with scheduled breaks helps maintain focus and prevent burnout and procrastination. The Pomodoro Timer app is available on iOS for $1.99

                                  Pomodoro Timer App

                                    18. Pomodoro Challenge Timer (Android)

                                    For Android users, the Pomodoro Challenge timer offers the same timed focus and break functionality. You set your goal or subject to work on, start the timer, and work until the designated break time. This app also provides data on activity and productivity to track yourself and projects, as well as achievements The Pomodoro Challenge Timer app is available on Android for free with optional upgrades.

                                    Pomodoro Challenge Timer App

                                      Apps That Train You to Be Healthier

                                      One of the biggest parts of developing better habits is training your mind to get used to doing them, and remembering to include them in your day. Several apps are designed to promote a healthier you by providing reminders and motivation.

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                                      19. Stand Up! The Work Break Timer (iOS)

                                      Several recent studies have highlighted the health risks of sitting and being inactive for hours on end, but when you’re hard at work it can be difficult to remember to take a break. This app lets you set timed reminders for different intervals with quite a few functions, and comes pretty well-rated. Stand Up is available on iOS; the app can be used for free, with the full alarm package for $0.99.

                                      Stand Up App

                                        20. Happify (iOS)

                                        The Happify app features games and activities designed to boost mood and build skills for happiness. Using research from psychologists and neuroscientists, the activities work on skills like thankfulness, self-confidence, savoring and empathy. There is even a social aspect to the app. Happify is available on iOS; the app can be used for free, with pro features for additional costs of $12.99 per month.

                                        Happify App

                                          21. Lift (iOS / Android)

                                          The Lift app aims to help you improve your life in more ways than one, from fitness to better moods, to productivity and more. Like a life coach in your phone, this app lets you choose a goal, choose from three types of coaching – advice, motivation or prompting – and then work towards your achievement in a community-based setting. Users can also hire real-life coaches through the app Lift is free, and is available on both iOS and Android.

                                          Lift App

                                            If you’ve tried any of these brain training apps or have other favorites, share in the comments below!

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                                            Published on November 9, 2018

                                            How to Improve Your Computer Skills to Get Ahead in Your Career

                                            How to Improve Your Computer Skills to Get Ahead in Your Career

                                            Technology has taken the business world by storm. People and businesses are progressively reliant on technology world these days. As a result, the people with impressive knowledge and experience with a computer are in demand.

                                            Considering this growing market trend, if you too wish to bag a profitable job, this article is apt for you. Here, we will dig deeper into the business and technology world to look into what are the best computer skills one should invest in and what resources to get help from.

                                            So, are you ready? Here we begin.

                                            6 Most-In Demand Computer Skills This Year (and Beyond)

                                            When talking about computer skills, following are the 6 computer skills that can fill your mailbox with endless job opportunities (besides, having an English and Hindi typing speed of 40+ WPM):-

                                            1. Spreadsheets and Databases

                                            Considering the treasure trove of data companies are handling these days, Spreadsheet and Database management skill tops the list. It is considered the most wanted job skill in the market, with a salary of around $53,129/yr for an entry-level position. However, the spreadsheet skill does not confine to auditing data from cells.

                                            To get hired based on this computer skill, you need to become a Spreadsheet ninja. From storing data to organizing them, applying complex mathematics formulas, and creating complex macros, you need to be an expert at all.

                                            In other words, you need to have an expertise at working with:

                                            • Microsoft Excel
                                            • Microsoft Access
                                            • Statistics
                                            • Data Analytics
                                            • Adobe Campaign
                                            • Quickbooks
                                            • XML Database management system
                                            • Filemaker Pro
                                            • MATLAB
                                            • Hive
                                            • FORTRAN
                                            • RDBMS (Relational Database Management System)
                                            • SAS

                                            2. Social Media, Email, and Blogging

                                            Though people are socially active, not everyone knows how to use the social media tools on the professional front. In such a scenario, having an expertise at writing engaging yet professional emails, writing blogs, and managing social media activities is a ticket to entry in reputed organizations.

                                            Some of the skills related to social media, email and blogging that will have a leg up in the hiring process are:

                                            • Content Management System (CMS)
                                            • Google Analytics
                                            • Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
                                            • Email Marketing
                                            • Web Page Design
                                            • WordPress
                                            • Digital Media
                                            • Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
                                            • Campaign Management Software

                                            3. Graphic Design and Word Processing

                                            A solid grasp of skills to present the gained information in the much readable form is another market need. When considering this computer skill category, you need to enhance your skills at:

                                            • Adobe Photoshop
                                            • Adobe InDesign
                                            • Adobe Illustrator
                                            • AutoCAD
                                            • CorelDRAW
                                            • Microsoft Visual Studio
                                            • Maya
                                            • Microsoft Word
                                            • Microsoft Publisher
                                            • Operating Digital Cameras

                                            4. Software and Hardware Design and Development

                                            The Software and Hardware development, in simpler language, means designing, implementing, and testing the computer software/hardware applications. It is the most profitable computer skill, with a different job opening, including Software Architect, Software Analyst, Software programmer, Hardware configuration, etc.

                                            To be capable of developing and testing the software and hardware, you need to peruse your users’ needs and build an application that hits their pain points. You need to work with different web and mobile app coding languages for gaining the attention of your audience, some of which are:

                                            • HTML
                                            • C/C++
                                            • Java
                                            • Python
                                            • XML
                                            • UI/UX
                                            • LINUX
                                            • CISC and RISC architecture
                                            • Embedded Processor Hardware Design
                                            • Memory Management
                                            • PCB Layout
                                            • SQL

                                            5. IT Troubleshooting

                                            Working on computers is one thing and having a knack of looking into the associated issues and resolving them in real-time is another. There are various employees and graduates who work with computer systems in their daily lives, but get confused when it comes to dealing with frozen programs and performing routine maintenance.

                                            So, if you are familiar with the basic anatomy of computers and machines and know the tricks to perform such tasks to streamline the working process, enter the IT support arena. The prime IT troubleshooting skills one needs to work upon are:

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                                            • Backup management
                                            • Diagnostics
                                            • End User support
                                            • Client-Server management
                                            • Installation and configuration
                                            • Issue tracking system (ITS)
                                            • System administration
                                            • Tech support

                                            6. Enterprise Systems

                                            Many Enterprises have their own enterprise solutions like PeopleSoft for managing their data and operations.

                                            Becoming a master at using the enterprise solutions mentioned in their ‘Requirements’ area can also lessen the barrier to get a job.

                                            The Roadmap to Excel Your Computer Skills

                                            Now that you know the 6 most popular computer skills in the market, the first decision, you need to take is which computer skill you want to work upon. All the skills are equally considerable for making a career ahead. So, choose one as per your interest.

                                            Once done, look forward to the following resources for boosting your computer skills and getting a reputed, handsome job.

                                            Depending on the computer skill you opt, here are the online courses you can turn to for elevating your career opportunities:

                                            1. Become a Spreadsheet and Database Ninja

                                            a. Microsoft Excel Training Online Course – Basic & Advanced

                                            Whether you are a beginner, intermediate or expert at working with spreadsheets, this online course has something new for everyone to become excel efficient users.

                                            Divided into 48 interesting lessons, the course empowers you to learn the technique of using mathematical, statistical, logical and text functions, sorting and filtering the data, creating Pivot Tables, building macros, finding a value with VLOOKUp, and much more.

                                            b. Excel- Online Courses, Classes, Training, Tutorials on Lynda

                                            This is another impressive course to unlock the power of Excel. Designed for people from all walks of life and familiarity with Excel tools. This course helps you gain in-depth knowledge from the experts about this data-analyzing tool and make the magic in spreadsheet creation and management process.

                                            c. SQL & Database Design A-Z™: Learn MS SQL Server + PostgreSQL

                                            Build a successful career in the data analytics world with this online course.

                                            Revolving around the two top databases, MS SQL and PostgreSQL, this course will give you a comprehensive knowledge of the working of the databases and understanding of all the related elements, including how to create, update, organize, and safeguard the data.

                                            2. Rule the Social Media World

                                            a. Free Social Media Course by HubSpot

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                                            Introduced by the top experienced inbound professors from Hubspot, here you will get a comprehensive knowledge of Social media marketing.

                                            From understanding how to build relationships on different social media platforms to creating a perfect strategy to engage them, leveraging the benefits of social advertising, and analyzing your social media ROI, this course will bring out the best out of you.

                                            b. Write Professional Emails in English by Coursera

                                            This online course will be the right weapon to look into the differences and similarities between different email styles, improve your English writing skills, write effective subject lines, maintain the formality tone in emails, and more to make a powerful impact on the receivers with your email.

                                            c. Ninja Writing: The Four Levels of Writing Mastery

                                            Founded by Udemy, this online course will excel your skills to build a masterpiece everytime you write.

                                            Here, you will get the guidance from the editors of the top newspapers and websites, and understand what kind of words and tone to use for leaving a spellbinding impact on the readers.

                                            3. Launch Your Own Software or Hardware Equipment

                                            a. Hardware and Software Courses by Coursera

                                            From Big Data to IoT, Sensor Circuit Design, Embedded Software and Hardware Architecture, and Motor Control Circuit, this course will give you a glimpse of all the hardware devices, equipment, and programming languages to build wonders.

                                            b. Free Software and Web Development Certifications Online by Alison

                                            Become the software developer market demands with Alison’s Java, C#, Python, R, PHP, or MySQL database course. From backend to frontend development and software testing.

                                            The course helps you to learn how to design, develop and test software and working in a team while contributing to the team success.

                                            c. Free Online Software Development and MOOCs Course by Class Central

                                            The Class Central online course will make you a master of software development. Here, you will learn the basic concepts of development like Agile, Design Patterns, and Version Control with Git, along with gaining experience of working with the top programming languages.

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                                            4. Live and Breathe Creativity

                                            a. Udemy: Introduction to Graphic Design

                                            It is a top-rated program for the new learners and designers to explore the Graphic Design world.

                                            From the history of communication to the design principles, the course will help the students to learn everything specifically and implement in the real world.

                                            b. Canva Design School

                                            From a beginner to advanced level, this course will provide you with an elaborated and comprehensive knowledge of graphic design. In the form of 4 modules, this course will help the interested graphic designers to try out their skills at Graphics, ranging from fonts to colors, backgrounds, images, shapes, and layouts.

                                            c. Microsoft Word – Basic & Advanced

                                            62 personalized lessons, premium video tutorials, and unlimited tests and quizzes – this certified course has everything that will make your entry to the business world easier.

                                            d. Microsoft Office: Word, Excel and Access Productivity Bundle

                                            The course will make you productive in Word, Excel, and Access through video lectures, articles, and various other supplemental resources.

                                            Besides, it will offer you exclusive tips and tricks to enhance your skills at using Microsoft office.

                                            5. Raise Your Reflexes to IT Troubleshooting

                                            a. IT Troubleshooting Skill Training by Udemy

                                            IT Troubleshooting Skill Training will upgrade your logical concepts over technical components to find and repair faults.

                                            It will provide you with a methodological approach to learn the basics of troubleshooting, practice them via exercises and drills, and enhance your IT troubleshooting intelligence.

                                            b. IT Help Desk Online Course on Lynda

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                                            The Lynda’s IT troubleshooting online course will train you how to respond to the issues related to Windows 10, Office 365, JIRA software, and more, from a local as well as a remote location.

                                            Mobile Apps and Websites to Enhance Computer Skills

                                            The aforementioned online courses will undoubtedly train you for a successful career ahead. But, in case you want a long-term support, turn towards the following websites and mobile apps:

                                            • Duolingo – Duolingo app will improve your spoken and written communication skills in different languages. With the magic of gamification added to the study, the app will make learning a fun and addictive task.
                                            • Hemingway – Hemingway app defines the length, complexity, and common errors associated with the sentences. In this way, it helps you to write effectively and go ahead in the career.
                                            • Udemy – The Udemy, with its 2000+ courses, is a great platform to master new skills, advance your career and explore the newer technologies and programming languages. Enrol a course as per your budget and make a brighter future.
                                            • eDX – eDX is yet another commendable platform you can look forward to. The platform offers you the best of the tutorials prepared by the business professionals and technology experts, ensuring a great boost in your computer skills.
                                            • Excel Easy – Excel Easy, as the name depicts, will make working with Excel easier for you via their detailed tutorials and 300+ real-life examples.
                                            • GCF LearnFree.org – It is a one-stop platform for accelerating your future in the computer world. From graphic design to Microsoft Office, resume writing, enhancing adaptability, and much more, the top experts will guide you with everything on this platform.
                                            • QuarkXPress – The QuarkXPress will aid you to add soul to your design with its unparalleled collection of font style, size, and typography. The best part is that it is avails all the options in different languages, including English, Spanish, German, French, and Italian to name a few.

                                            Bonus: Tips to Accelerate Your Approach For a Better Career Ahead

                                            Though these resources will make you stand out from the crowd and get hired at once, you need to focus on various other things, such as:

                                            1. Practice, Practice, Practice

                                            It is common to forget what we learn. To ensure that you do not miss any opportunity just because you forgot, keep practising.

                                            Make it your routine. Polish your computer skills and you will surely end up getting an offer letter from a recognized firm.

                                            2. Work on Your Efficiency

                                            Remembering what you learned is not enough; practice to enhance those skills to do better.

                                            For example, if you take around 50 minutes to create a design, target for 40 minutes.

                                            3. Look for Shortcuts

                                            Smart work rules over hard work more often. So, look forward to learning shortcuts to do any task. This will increase your chances to crack an interview and get selected.

                                            4. Apply for an Internship

                                            Last but not the least, apply for an internship to see what’s trending in the market and how much you are ready for it. While doing an internship, pay attention to your weak points and work on them. This will ensure a success when you apply for your dream job.

                                            By the late, it’s never too late to be an intern or grab whatever opportunity to learn something new! Here’s how:

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                                            The Bottom Line

                                            Seeing the current market scenario, it is evident that having computer skills is a boon for a better career ahead.

                                            So, rather than struggling with thousands of other things and trying to crack interviews, focus on the computer skills mentioned in this article. Utilize the resources and experts’ tips shared and look forward to having a successful and prosperous future.

                                            Featured photo credit: Glenn Carstens-Peters via unsplash.com

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