Human brains do not work like computer memory drives. It is human nature to forget. Mental ability to retain memories declines with age and time. But there are some brain exercises and learning techniques that help your brain stay sharp and active for much longer.
In review, today is an app that helped me immensely in this department. Eidetic- Learn and remember anything is a free brain app that makes it easier learn phone numbers, pin codes, birthdays and anniversaries by using a technique known as space repetition! So, let’s take a look at what makes Eidetic so effective.
Memorizing through space repetition
If you don’t revise or repeat whatever you learned, you will eventually forget it. A study in the 2011 Journal of Medical Education supports this fact. According to the study, even though people forget what they learned at a predictable rate, but relearning the content at spaced intervals can dramatically improve their long-term recall.
Space repetition works on the exact concept of learning and relearning through periodic intervals. It is a method that helps your brain memorize large amounts of data and can help you plateau out the downward curve of your forgetfulness.
Eidetic has used this concept effectively. The app has an excellent user interface and an exciting text-to-speech feature to keep users hooked.
Eyes and ears understand differently
There are two kinds of people in this world. Some who comprehend the delivered information better by listening to it, and the latter by reading it. An interesting research by Carnegie Mellon University confirms that reading and listening activate two different parts of the brain, which causes two separate parts of the memory to respond accordingly.
So, figure out what suits you best. If you remember movie dialogues and song lyrics better than an article you read in the magazine, take advantage from the text-to-speech feature Eidetic offers. The fact that Eidetic allows the app to be customized according to each person’s learning abilities gives it bonus points!
How it works
I’ve been using Eidetic for over 15 days and I’m genuinely pleased with the results. I can firmly recall information that I had trouble recalling before downloading it. So, let’s take a look at how Eidetic work its magic.
The first thing you need to do is download Eidetic on your iPhone. Clicking on its icon will take you directly to the main interface. No registration and sign-in details are required. Most of the apps I downloaded from the ‘productivity’ category of the app store always asked for my details which was really bothersome.
The main page of Eidetic gives you an option to input the type of information you want to remember. You can choose between dictionary (it has a built-in dictionary to give you meanings for any word you want to remember), Phone numbers (connects with your contacts automatically), Facts, Numbers, Lists, Quotes, and Notes. Add a title to the information you just added and start learning.
Eidetic will start sending you periodic notifications to test you on the information you want to learn. You have to enter the correct answer multiple times to pass the test. If you fail to enter the correct information, the app gives you an option to either listen or see the correct answer.
Repeated notifications will pop up on your phone to help you learn. You can also monitor your progress with the app. You can also activate the do-not-disturb mode of the app in case you don’t want to receive notifications while you are sleeping or in a meeting.
You can also set a time limit for learning the entered information. There are three modes – ‘cram mode’ for 1 day, ‘normal mode’ for 2 weeks and ‘casual mode’ for 1 month.
There are two other options too. You can connect Eidetic to Evernote and save your notes and lists there too. Its ‘quick add’ option allows you to enter the time, frequency and other options directly into the app. You can also share your test progress with friends and family, as Eidetic allows you to post your progress online via Facebook, Twitter, email, and text messages.
Is Eidetic for you?
Eidetic is a great app for older adults, especially those who have started noticing minor memory lapses. It is easy to use, and since it’s also free, you can give it a shot if you are looking for a memory booster.
The basic version of Eidetic is free but allows you to learn one thing at a time. If you buy the full version for $2.99, you can start learning multiple things simultaneously. So, download it now and give it a shot.