In this post I want to share two tools that I use for remembering things and increase intelligence. The first one is a software based on the spaced repetition algorithm, which enables to remember things on the long term, the second one is a game that uses multi sensory learning in order to improve your working memory and fluid intelligence.

Both programs are free and available for all platforms. Low hanging fruit, someone would say.

Remembering things with Anki

Anki is the program I use for remembering things. Sometimes I find it hard to remember important concepts in the long term, so I use this tool to assist my learning process.

Anki is useful for:

  • Remembering important concepts.
  • Learning a foreign language.
  • Memorizing formulas.
  • Memorizing poems or other things that you don’t want to forget.

I highly recommend that take a look at the main website to learn how it works.

A few tips from my own usage:

  • Use one deck for everything. This will make it easier to review once you have many flashcards. Use tags for organization.
  • Only try to memorize what you really understand. Don’t try to memorize something that doesn’t make sense to you. That’s time lost.
  • Use it for everything, especially for important concepts read in a book or blog post that you want to remember.
  • Always delete the old stuff that is no longer relevant or that you’re no longer interested in.
  • Prefer short questions with a direct response when possible.

See this essay for more tips about learning with spaced repetition software.

Increasing intelligence with Brain Workshop

Brain Workshop is a game that promises to increase your intelligence. It is based upon scientific studies about multi sensory learning. You can find references of those studies in the software home page.

I normally don’t play brain games because they’re often highly ineffective once you learn how they work, but this one is different (read hard).

I usually play this game for a few sessions every day, and I’m noticing some improvements in my cognitive abilities (although I haven’t measured anything, so my results may be biased). Still worth a try.

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