Our smartphones and tablets can do a lot of amazing things. They keep us connected, help us stay productive and provide limitless entertainment. In addition to all of this, our devices can also make us smarter. No, we’re not talking about connecting you to the Internet so you can check Wikipedia. Instead we’re talking about Android apps that have been designed with one simple goal – to expand your mind.
Whether you’re looking for some help with your Trigonometry homework, brushing up on facts for your local pub’s trivia night or are looking for ways to consume information faster, these apps have you covered.
Billed as a “homework helper”, Socratic is handy whether you’re currently enrolled in school or not. Stuck on a math question or word problem? Don’t fret, just fire up Socratic and snap a photo of it. Socratic will then display the answer instantaneously on your screen.
We know what you’re thinking. While giving you the answer to a problem can get you out of a jam, it doesn’t help your understanding. However in addition to the correct answer, Socratic will also provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to work the answer out. It’s like having a personal tutor in your pocket!
2. Learn inFact
Learn inFact presents you with randomized nuggets of information presented in an attractive layout that fills your entire screen. In addition to becoming a trivia master, Learn inFact can connect you with further information on any of the topics it covers. To do so, users simply swipe from the right-hand side of the screen. The app then presents in-depth information in the form of complete Wikipedia pages and YouTube videos.
3. Vocabulary Builder
Vocabulary Builder is exactly that. The app aims to teach you new and challenging words by presenting them in a quiz type format. As you successfully identify and define words, you work your way towards unlocking higher levels. As you progress through the app, you are challenged with more difficult words. The app also provides definitions, context examples and audio pronunciation for each word.
Vocabulary Builder features 1200 words hand-picked by a Graduate Record Examination (GRE) tutor. These exams are designed to test the verbal aptitude of graduate students, so you know these words aren’t going to be a cake walk. You’ll be able to completing the New York Times crossword puzzle in no time!
4. A Faster Reader
The benefits of reading are many. Reading can develop your vocabulary, make you a better conversationalist and keep you better informed. Unfortunately, in today’s fast paced world, it can be hard to settle down long enough to read anything longer than 140 characters. Luckily, A Faster Reader can help you read longer pieces of text in a fraction of the time.
A Faster Reader teaches you how to speed read with a method called RSVP, or Rapid Serial Visual Presentation. The app quickly shows you one word at a time in quick succession, getting you through text faster without losing meaning. A Faster Reader is compatible with many apps, including browsers and epub readers.
5. Reverse Dictionary
Has the name of a person, place or thing been on the tip of your tongue? Have you ever had a conversation or tried to write something, but hit a wall after you couldn’t articulate something? Maybe you can recall a time when you were able to describe something, but simply couldn’t identify it by name. If any of these scenarios sound familiar, then Reverse Dictionary can help.
Reverse Dictionary lets you describe a concept you can’t put your finger on. Your description can be a few words, a sentence, or even just a single word. Once you input your description, Reverse Dictionary will present you with a list of words and phrases related to your description. Say goodbye to stumbling over forgotten words or concepts.
Do you utilize apps to help you increase your brain power? Let us know in the comments!