One of the skills we probably don’t teach enough to our students is how to develop their memory. Though we increasingly ask them to remember content and skill strategies, how often do we help them exercise those skills in a low-stakes way? These top ten game apps to improve memory skills will help every user young or old to develop better memory skills.
This intuitive game helps to challenge students to improve their sequential processing and short-term and working memory. Positive reinforcement helps keep students motivated and the challenging levels of the game help them stay focused on improvement.
This app focuses on visual memory, asking users to remember shape, color, and position. Because the app is not overly complicated, it should appeal to a wide age range, but it may not be appropriate for young children.
Ever wish you had a photographic memory? This app helps develop and improve that photographic memory that you have, along with your reading speed. Camera Eye has four game modes to keep challenging users and to keep improving that facet of memory.
Memory Mice focuses on encouraging users to memorize number and letter sequences. If you remember correctly and put the “memory mice” in the right order, you win. The game has 24 levels, with increasingly demanding sequences, so even the smartest user will be challenged.
Modeled after the classic game “Memory,” this app asks users to match animal cards to improve short-term memory and sensory skills. The fun-looking animals will engage younger students and the challenge will keep the older ones coming back for more.
MatchUp is the Android version of Memory Pro, with much the same aim. This app is intended for two players, just like original “Memory” card game, but can be played with a single player if needed. Users match cards as quickly as possible.
Definitely geared toward older students and adults, this app challenges users in a series of exercises to exercise different parts of the brain. Even the “smartest” of students or teachers is sure to be humbled by the challenges incorporated in this app.
Music Game uses sounds, associated with colors, to encourage memory development. The app uses 4 and 6 sound increments to challenge users, but the challenge of the game is likely to make students and users forget that what they are actually doing is building their memory skills. The goal, to them, will be to get the largest sequence possible, but along the way they will have developed their brains.
iCue Memory is the only game endorsed by the USA Memory Championship and involves some pretty steep challenges only appropriate for older students. One of these challenges involves memorizing the order of cards in an entire deck—and if that seems out of reach, that’s the point of the app. With increasing use, the app suggests that you, too, will be able to remember long sequences of numbers.
Utilizing the “Major” system, this app helps users to begin to associate numbers with letters and therefore remember any length of numbers easily. It may be somewhat strange for users at first, but it may be especially helpful for students who have trouble with sequencing or memory of numbers.
Samantha Kotey is the editor for AvatarGeneration and has a background in educational technology and virtual worlds. A mom of two, she is passionate about all things related to toys and technology.