4 Apps That Can Make You Smart AF

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It's time to put down Candy Crush. There are endless apps that can help you learn useful skills, boost your brain power, and achieve all your short- and long-term goals - while still being fun. Put the four apps below to the test when you have some down time between classes.

Looking for fun? Try Lumosity.three girls chatting with their smartphones

This app has the mind games you'll actually want to play. Designed by neuroscientists, the fun mental exercises help improve everyday skills like your memory, problem solving, and attention to detail. There are more than 40 fun challenges to try and each session is made up of five games, so you won't get bored playing the same thing over and over again. You work out to improve your body, so why don't you do the same for your brain?

Interested in learning a language? Try Duolingo.girl in paris on a sunny spring ...

Whether you want to brush off you high school Spanish skills or learn a completely new language (Dutch, anyone?), Duolingo makes learning fun again.

This isn't your usual flashcards and writing tests. The app breaks the basics down into easy-to-learn, bite-sized chunks, so you won't get overwhelmed or frustrated. Each mini lesson focuses on one category (nouns, pronouns, common phrases, etc.), and you can even go back and practice some of your weaker spots at the end.

On the other hand, if you find a section too easy, you can test out of them and skip them once you've proven you know your stuff.

Want to change your life? Try Habit List.TEENTECH

If getting more sleep, eating healthy and remembering your daily to-dos are hard, Habit List is here to make it easy. Input your goal and set specific reminders for the days you pick. It can range from every day ("go to bed by 10 p.m.") to a few times a week ("go to the gym"). The app will not only remind you of your goals, but it will also keep track of your streaks so you can see how well you're doing.

Sometimes all you need to stay motivated is to remember how far you've gone. Combined with friendly (gentle) reminders of what you need to do, this app can help you look back at how well you're doing AND see what's next, so it's easy to stay on top of all your goals.

Still looking for every letter on your keyboard? Try Typist.Young black woman looking at laptop

If you're still searching your laptop for every letter, it's about time you learned the right way to type. By the time you're finished with these lessons, you'll be typing papers at full speed.

The "typing tutor," as the creators describe it, teaches you touch typing, so you can look at the screen as you type while your fingers glide over the keyboard without looking for every letter. Those last-minute papers will fly by (though we can't promise all-nighters will do the same). Trust us, this skill will come in handy in college and beyond.


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