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Five Apps to Keep Your Brain from Melting this Summer

If you are a student and take the summer off, you may feel your brain beginning to slip before the start of the next school year. This is enough to make anyone feel frustrated. Fortunately, you can use your smartphone to keep your brain sharp during summer break, thanks to the many great, educational apps available in the respective smartphone platforms’ marketplaces. Here are a few you might want to consider using.

Physics Formulas

Physics Formulas is a free app for Android phones. It gives you a quick reference of information on the science of physics. One of the additional features found within the app includes a student compound microscope. It is an essential tool for any science major.

Brain Workout

Brain Workout is a free app that is available for Android powered smartphones that utilizes four different brain training games that will challenge your intellect, memory, reaction time and concentration. They are both fun and educational and can help you to stay sharp during your downtime. Some users consider the app to be addictive. You can track your performance while playing these brain games and watch your progress as well as compare your scores with those of your friends who also compete. Tests monitor for memory, focus, reaction and accuracy. There are more tests to come in time.

Lumosity Brain Trainer

Lumosity Brain Trainer is a free app that is available for iPhone users and has been relied on by more than 20 million users. It is used to challenge your brain in a number of ways with fun and interesting brain games. There are 10 games included that test your memory, processing speed, problem solving, flexibility and more. Playing one or more of the games daily will greatly help to sharpen your brain.

Learning Circle

Learning Circle is a free app that is available for Windows Phones. With it, you can learn about a number of different topics, such as science, history, math and finance. Browse videos and tutorials and save them for easy access in the future. The app is available through Khan Academy and Channel 9.


Flashcards+ is one of the most popular iPhone apps for sharpening your brain. It allows you to learn and study new information and was designed at Harvard University. Study and create your own flashcards on a variety of different subjects and test yourself to see how well you did. You can even use your phone’s speech feature to learn and test your brain.

Written By

Kandace Heller is a freelance writer from Orlando, Florida. She loves the beach, Disney and the University of Florida. Kandace loves writing about health and fashion, but will write about just about anything.



  1. FrankCern

    June 19, 2013 at 1:44 am

    Ahh, love the Physics formulas app.

    • Kandace Heller

      June 19, 2013 at 3:35 pm

      Thanks for the comment. My personal favorite is the brain workout app, but they are all fun. 🙂

  2. William Miller

    June 25, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    I tried Lumosity one day and it was quite addictive and entertaining! Having good results makes me feel confident and full of energy!

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