App of the Day: Elevate

How much smarter would you be if you could remember just half of what you’ve been taught? A mobile app called Elevate is supposed to train your brain to remember more of the important things.

The app, available for iPhones and Android devices goes through a series of games designed to improve cognitive functions of the brain using quizzes in math, reading, writing, speaking and listening. After assessing your level of ability, Elevate begins a series of games: A vocabulary word replacement game, speed reading and comprehension, a vocabulary word scramble and another game of which word doesn’t belong. 

The games get more difficult the farther you work through the app. The app’s developer claims users have seen an increase in 69% in four key skill groups and that users who trained four times a week improved 18 percent more than users who trained less that twice a week.

Elevate has been downloaded over 10 million times and was named Apple’s App of the Year in 2014. Elevate is free with 25 games, but if you’d like to pay more there are subscriptions available for $12 per month, $150 per year or $150 for a lifetime membership giving users unlimited use of all of the games and quizzes.

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