By Vanessa Voltolina
In one ear, out the other. That’s how many of us feel when phone numbers, factoids, addresses, or, heck, just about anything, comes our way. While popping vitamins to boost memory may be of some help, it is really all about practice. Memory, like muscular strength, is increased when exercised. To up your memory quotient, try one—or a few—of these five apps. Not only are they sure to help you remember even the smallest things, but because they are on-the-go and multi-device, improving your memory function can happen anywhere, anytime. Next time you’re traveling or have downtime at the doctor’s office, give one of these apps a test run:
About: If you’re someone who is constantly writing tidbits on pieces of paper to remember them, Evernote may be for you. This app organizes all of your notes, web clips, files and images and makes them available on every Mac device and computer, ranging from text notes, files, photos, audio and web pages via the web clipper browser extension. Another plus? Travelers can keep itineraries, confirmations, scanned travel documents, maps and plans in Evernote.
Compatibility: Mac App Store, Apple devices
Photo courtesy of Evernote
#2. My Personal Memory Trainer
About: Regular mental exercise can help improve memory. My Personal Memory Trainer has the goal of improving focus and concentration, specifically working out your spatial and working memory, focus, chunking and concentration skills through shapes, puzzles and more.
Photos courtesy of Google play
#3. iCue Memory
About: Whether you aspire to remember the order of playing cards or phone numbers not stored in your cell, try this memory-training tool officially endorsed by the USA Memory Championship. Compete against yourself and against others around the world for the highest scores in the Global Memory Rankings with number memory and recall exercises, and more.
Compatibility: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad
Photos courtesy of iTunes
#4. Lumosity Brain Trainer
About: Twenty-five million members can’t be wrong. The Lumosity Brain Trainer helps you remember names and faces, study and learn new instruments and languages. The app enhances brain health and performance using clinically validated tools designed by neuroscientists (the tools are so effective that they’ve even helped those recovering from disease- and accident-related brain injuries). Expect clearer and quicker thinking, faster problem-solving skills, better concentration and sharper memory for names, numbers and directions.
Compatibility: iPhone, iPod touch and iPad
Photos courtesy of iTunes
#5. Mind Games
About: No, not those kinds of mind games. This app is chock full of amazing brain puzzles—17 types and about 180 levels of different difficulty—that help you concentrate, exercise those mind muscles and get thinkin’!
Photo courtesy of Google play
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