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Jul 08, 2020

Memorizing World Capitals Example

For this post, I'll share an example of a powerful yet simple memory technique I call "visualization and association."

I'm using this technique to memorize the world capitals. There are about 200 of them!

Qatar is a small country in the Middle East. Its capital city is Doha.

For this method, what I want to do is create a silly mental image that associates "Doha" with "Qatar". It's important that the image be strange or unusual, because that makes it stick in memory.

To do this, I ask myself what those two words sound like or remind me of. To me, Doha sounds like dough. Qatar, which is pronounced "cutter," reminds me of scissors.

To associate the two, I imagine myself cutting through some bread dough with a huge pair of scissors. Have a look at the attached image, and you'll see exactly what I mean.

Creating memory images in this way works surprisingly well. The next time you want to connect any two facts in your memory, give it a try!

Apr 19, 2020

Snakes & Ladders - Free Online Board Game

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I've added Snakes and Ladders as the latest free brain game on Memory-Improvement-Tips.com.

Play this free online game in single-player mode against the computer or multiplayer against real people.

If you don't like snakes, no worries. This game can also be played in Chutes and Ladders mode, where instead of snakes there are playground slides.

This online version is the same board game you may remember playing as a child. To win, be the first player to move your game piece from Square 1 to Square 100 by rolling a number cube.

Along the way, land at the base of a ladder for a shortcut to the top; or, if you land on the mouth of a snake or chute be sent backward down the board.

This is an "HTML5" game. That means you don't need the Adobe Flash Player or any other browser plug-in to play it. The game should work in your browser automatically.

For a list of all the free HTML5 games on this site, visit the Free HTML5 Brain Games page.

Simple board games like Snakes and Ladders do train important brain skills including attention and visual perception. Like all the brain games on my site, this online game is free to play anytime.

No logging in, no registering. Just go to the game page and start playing.

Click the link below to visit the new game page, and give this game a try.

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Apr 12, 2020

Play Backgammon, Chess, Checkers Darts, Dominoes, Rummy, and Other Games with a Friend in Multiplayer

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At the request of a visitor named Donna, I've added multiplayer instructions for online HTML5 brain games such as Backgammon, Chess, Checkers, Rummy, and Tic-Tac-Toe.

Most of the HTML5 multiplayer games on this site were created by CodeThisLab, a game developer in Italy. However, the games didn't come with instructions on how to set up a private game room. A private room is how you play against a friend on two different computers.

My new page explains how to set up such a game room. It's actually easy, only four short steps. I've included screen images to illustrate the process.

During these crazy days when many of us are stuck inside, this is a great opportunity to get social through online gaming. If you enjoy board and card games, why not invite a friend or distant family member to play you in Backgammon, Connect 4, or Checkers, for example?

The games on my site are free, and the multiplayer feature is free too. I hope you find the new multiplayer instructions page helpful.

For a list of all the free multiplayer HTML5 games on this site, visit the Free HTML5 Brain Games page. Look for the bolded "Multiplayer" heading near the top of the page.

Click the link below to visit the new instructions page, and then give multiplayer a try.

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Mar 25, 2020

Best Study Skills - Free PDF Download

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I've made available a free PDF copy of my popular article, The Best Study Skills - Five Strategies Every Student Should Know. To view and download the PDF, go to the article page and click the new "Free PDF Version" button next to the title.

Feel free to share the PDF with anyone. You can use it for any purpose except sell it.

The article is worth reading closely if you are a student or other learner interested in powerful ways to remember what you are studying. Teachers should find valuable insights as well. These study skills are based on techniques described by Dr. Ken Higbee, psychologist and education researcher.

Why the PDF now? A community college in Pennsylvania asked me recently whether they might use the article in their curriculum. I agreed as I usually do to such requests, but then realized there wasn't an obvious way for them to print out a cleanly formatted copy.

So over the last couple days I dived back into the article, completely updated and revised it, and created a free PDF copy that anyone may download and use. Enjoy!

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Mar 07, 2020

Free Easter Crossword Puzzle - Print or Solve Online

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Today I've added a free Easter Crossword Puzzle to Memory-Improvement-Tips.com.

This puzzle can be solved online, interactively, or you can print it out and solve it on paper.

Either way, it's great fun, and the solution is available if you need it. I'd say this crossword is easy to moderate in difficulty.

Want more? For a list of all the free crossword puzzles, see the Easy Printable Crossword Puzzles page.

Like all the brain games on my site, this online puzzle is free to play anytime. No logging in, no registering. Just go to the game page and start playing.

Click the link below to visit the new page and give this game a try.

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Mar 03, 2020

Bubble Pop Adventures - Free Concentration Game

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I've added Bubble Pop Adventures as the latest free brain game on Memory-Improvement-Tips.com.

Bubble Pop Adventures is a well-made bubble-shooter game. Throw colored bubbles one-by-one up to the top of the screen to pop groups of like-colored bubbles.

This game has many variations depending on which level you're on. You might have to deal with wooden bubbles, for example, or clear bubbles that you must change to colored before they'll pop.

Not to mention, this game includes an infinite number of levels! So you'll never run out of levels to play.

This is an "HTML5" game. That means you don't need the Adobe Flash Player or any other browser plug-in to play it. The game should work in your browser automatically.

For a list of all the free HTML5 games on this site, visit the Free HTML5 Brain Games page.

Concentration games like Bubble Pop Adventures train important brain skills including attention and reaction time. Like all the brain games on my site, this online game is free to play anytime.

No logging in, no registering. Just go to the game page and start playing.

Click the link below to visit the new game page, and give this game a try.

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Feb 14, 2020

Sokoban Colours - Free Online Brain Game

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I've added Sokoban Colours as the latest free brain game on Memory-Improvement-Tips.com.

Soko-ban means "warehouse keeper" in Japanese. Your job in this game is to move the boxes scattered around the warehouse to their appropriate locations.

This particular Sokoban game was created by Chris Fortey, a web and software developer in the UK. Chris generously allowed me to post his game on my site.

This is an "HTML5" game. That means you don't need the Adobe Flash Player or any other browser plug-in to play it. The game should work in your browser automatically.

For a list of all the free HTML5 games on this site, visit the Free HTML5 Brain Games page.

Sokoban warehouse games train important brain skills including navigation and logical reasoning. Like all the brain games on my site, this online game is free to play anytime.

No logging in, no registering. Just go to the game page and start playing.

Click the link below to visit the new game page, and give this game a try.

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Feb 11, 2020

Mahjong Dimensions - Free Online Brain Game

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I've added Mahjong Dimensions as the latest free brain game on Memory-Improvement-Tips.com.

Mahjong Dimensions is a 3D version of mahjong. Instead of flat tiles as in regular mahjong, the "tiles" in this game are actually the faces of a cube.

Match pairs of cubes for points. Concentrate and work fast, though, because you're on a timer!

This is an "HTML5" game. That means you don't need the Adobe Flash Player or any other browser plug-in to play it. The game should work in your browser automatically.

For a list of all the free HTML5 games on this site, visit the Free HTML5 Brain Games page.

Card and tile games like Mahjong Dimensions train important brain skills including concentration, pattern recognition, and spatial recognition. Like all the brain games on my site, this online game is free to play anytime.

No logging in, no registering. Just go to the game page and start playing.

Click the link below to visit the new game page, and give this game a try.

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Feb 06, 2020

Memory Problems: An Accident Devastated My Life But My Memories Returned

This is a true story from an anonymous visitor about profound memory loss from an accident that led to radical changes in her life. Yet through a miracle there was redemption. Eventually her memory returned, and she fully recovered!

This visitor experienced an accident, head trauma apparently, that led to a complete loss of her adult memories. As a result, she lost her fiance and the rest of her former life. But she never lost hope.

Though the doctors had labeled her a "hopeless" case, her memories all came back when she returned to her former country. There is an important lesson here for anyone who has experienced memory loss.

I encourage you to read the full story. Click the link below to visit her story page. Feel free to add supportive comments and thoughts by posting in the Comments section at the bottom of her story.

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Feb 03, 2020

Soccer Penalty Kicks - Free Online Concentration Game

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I've added Penalty Kicks as the latest free brain game on Memory-Improvement-Tips.com.

In this game, it's you versus the goal keeper with the crowd watching. During a penalty kick, one player lines up 12 yards from the goal and tries to score with a single kick.

Here you get 15 penalty kicks per round. Your objective is to earn as many points as possible. My personal high score is 1,450. See if you can beat it!

Missed shots or saved shots aren't worth any points, of course. But good, great, and excellent shots earn you hundreds of points.

This is an "HTML5" game. That means you don't need the Adobe Flash Player or any other browser plug-in to play it. The game should work in your browser automatically.

For a list of all the free HTML5 games on this site, visit the Free HTML5 Brain Games page.

Concentration games like Penalty Kicks train important brain skills including attention and visual perception. Like all the brain games on my site, this online game is free to play anytime.

No logging in, no registering. Just go to the game page and start playing.

Click the link below to visit the new game page, and give this game a try.

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Jan 29, 2020

Slope Game - Free Online Concentration Game

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I've added the Slope Game as the latest free brain game on Memory-Improvement-Tips.com.

Slope is a downhill endless racer game. You are a giant ball hurling down a track set high in the air.

Stay focused, or you'll fly off the path or crash into an obstacle!

Each time you play, go for maximum distance. Try to beat your own distance record, and don't forget to collect lots of jewels along the way.

This game includes a Shop where you can spend your jewels on power-ups and cool-looking balls. Power-ups include shields, jewel magnets, and x2 jewel bonuses. Balls include the basketball, baseball, billiard balls, beach ball, and even the planet Earth.

This is an "HTML5" game. That means you don't need the Adobe Flash Player or any other browser plug-in to play it. The game should work in your browser automatically. For a list of the free HTML5 games on this site, visit the Free HTML5 Brain Games page.

Concentration games like Slope train important brain skills including attention and visual perception. Like all the brain games on my site, this online game is free to play anytime. No logging in, no registering. Just go to the game page and start playing.

Click the link below to visit the new game page, and give this game a try.

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Jan 21, 2020

Absorbent Learning: Gain and Remember More Knowledge

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Wish you could learn more but can't find the time? Maybe you actually do have the time but don't see it.

In his article, Absorbent Learning: Techniques to Gain More Knowledge & Remember It Afterwards, guest author Eric Travis shares a key insight: we all have white spaces in our everyday lives where we could be learning.

Not only that, but learning during your white space time is easier and possibly more effective than the typical "studying" we engage in during active learning.

Click the link below to read Eric's article and hear in his own words about the white spaces method he developed while hiking the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail.

His technique allowed him to memorize the Periodic Table, the list of Presidents in order, the capitals of all the countries in the world, and how to say Thank You in 50 languages. And you can use it too!

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Jan 17, 2020

More Multiplayer Brain Games Added

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I've added three new online multiplayer games to the HTML5 Brain Games collection on my site. If you enjoy competing against real players, check 'em out.

Multiplayer adds intensity to certain games. An example is Minesweeper, which is slow paced when played solo. In multiplayer mode, you are forced to think quickly. Other players are right there clearing the board at the same time for points!

The new multiplayer games are Cribbage, Minesweeper, and Speed Cards. To access these games, first go to the HTML5 Brain Games page. You'll see a "Multiplayer" listing at the top of the page.

Click the link for the multiplayer game you want to play. This opens the game's page. On that page, click the "HTML5/Mobile" link under the picture of the game.

Like all the brain games on my site, the online multiplayer games are free to play anytime. No logging in to my site, no registering. Just go to the game page and start playing.

Click the link below to visit the HTML5 Games page, where you'll find links to all the Multiplayer games.

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Jan 12, 2020

Free Ski Simulator Game - Trains Concentration

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I've added a free ski simulator game as the latest free brain game on Memory-Improvement-Tips.com.

Just like in the Winter Olympics, glide side-to-side as you turn from gate to gate down a snow-covered mountain. Keep your turns tight around the gates for the most points, and be sure not to fall!

The visuals in this game are exceptional. As you're skiing downhill, it really feels like you are going down a mountain.

This is an "HTML5" game. That means you don't need the Adobe Flash Player or any other browser plug-in to play it. The game should work in your browser automatically.

Note: To see a list of the free HTML5 games on this site, visit this page.

Sports games like Ski Simulator train important brain skills including concentration and visual perception.

Like all the brain games on my site, this online game is free to play anytime. No logging in, no registering. Just go to the game page and start playing.

Click the link below to visit the new game page, and give this game a try.

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Jan 07, 2020

Sudoku Instructions: How to Play and Win

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Want to learn how to solve even the most difficult Sudoku puzzles? Then check out the new three-part series of Sudoku instructions I've added to Memory-Improvement-Tips.com.

These instructions were created by guest author Kevin Rush. He is an expert-level Sudoku player.

In this set of instructions, Kevin goes far beyond basic Sudoku rules and techniques. He presents advanced methods including Ghosting, RC Counting, Tagging, and Line Checking.

If you want to get better at solving Sudoku puzzles, go no further. Grab a pencil, and get ready to learn from a master!

Click the link below to visit the first page of the three-part Sudoku instruction guide.

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Nov 05, 2019

Easy Printable Crossword Puzzles - Free!

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As promised, I've added more free crossword puzzles to Memory-Improvement-Tips.com.

I've created a main Free Printable Crossword Puzzles page to list them all. Check it out!

So far there are 6 crosswords: Animals, Fruit, Math Vocabulary, Summer, Thanksgiving, and Winter.

These crossword puzzles are all relatively easy to solve. I enjoy hard crosswords too, but I figured more of my visitors would benefit if I didn't make the puzzles too difficult. I hope you like them, and I plan to keep making more.

Like all the brain games on my site, the crossword puzzles are free to play online or print out anytime. No logging in, no registering. Just go to the game page and start playing, or print the puzzles out.

Click the link below to visit the new page and give this game a try.

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Sep 25, 2019

Summer Crossword Puzzle - Play Online or Print

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Today I've added a free Summer Crossword Puzzle to Memory-Improvement-Tips.com.

This is my initial foray into the realm of crossword puzzles. I plan to make many more!

For years now I've provided free printable Word Search puzzles and Sudoku puzzles. I'm pleased to now be able to add crossword puzzles to the mix.

The Summer Crossword puzzle can be solved online interactively, or you can print it out and solve it on paper. Either way, it's great fun, and the solution is available if you need it.

I'd say this crossword is easy to moderate in difficulty. Inveterate crossword players probably won't find this one very challenging, but the average person should enjoy it.

Like all the brain games on my site, this online puzzle is free to play anytime. No logging in, no registering. Just go to the game page and start playing.

Click the link below to visit the new page and give this game a try.

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Sep 11, 2019

Free 13-15 Commutative Multiplication Flash Cards

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Today I expanded the collection of free printable math flash cards on Memory-Improvement-Tips.com to include a special set of 13-15 Commutative Multiplication cards.

This set includes all the multiplication facts for 13, 14, and 15, which in itself is unusual. But the set is even more special because both commutative formats for each math fact are show on each card.

For example, 13x7 and 7x13 are on the same card.

Why 13-15 you may ask? Many students only memorize the multiplication facts up to 12.

Well, it turns out there are folks out there whose children are committing to memory the multiplication facts all the way up to 15! These include the students who attend Classical Conversations, a homeschool co-op program. One of the CC parents suggested that I make this set.

If math flash cards are something you might find useful, click the link below to visit the Free Printable Math Flash cards page. Download and print whichever sets you need, and feel free to share the flash card PDFs with anyone you like.

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Sep 07, 2019

Guess Who - Free Puzzle Game

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I've added the Guess Who puzzle as the latest free brain game on Memory-Improvement-Tips.com.

Compete against your computer opponent to guess which character you each have selected. Use logical deduction of aspects of the character's appearance to eliminate from a field of 24 characters.

To eliminate possibilities, ask questions such as, "Does your character have a beard?", "Is your character wearing glasses?", or "Does your character have brown hair?"

This is an "HTML5" game. That means you don't need the Adobe Flash Player or any other browser plug-in to play it. The game should work in your browser automatically.

Note: To see a list of the free HTML5 games on this site, visit this page.

Puzzle games like Guess Who train important brain skills including concentration and logical reasoning.

Like all the brain games on my site, this online game is free to play anytime. No logging in, no registering. Just go to the game page and start playing.

Click the link below to visit the new game page, and give this game a try.

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Aug 28, 2019

Foosball Online - Free Concentration Game

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I've added Foosball as the latest free brain game on Memory-Improvement-Tips.com.

Foosball, or table soccer, has been enjoyed in pubs, bars, workplaces, and homes for decades. Now you can play foosball in your browser!

This free online game simulates a foosball table. You can play against the computer or a friend in the same room in the two-player setting.

This game includes a Scrimmage mode, which is an individual game, as well as Championship mode where you work your way up the rankings.

This is an "HTML5" game. That means you don't need the Adobe Flash Player or any other browser plug-in to play it. The game should work in your browser automatically.

Note: To see a list of the free HTML5 games on this site, visit this page.

Sports games like Foosball train important brain skills including concentration, visual perception, and reaction time.

Like all the brain games on my site, this online game is free to play anytime. No logging in, no registering. Just go to the game page and start playing.

Click the link below to visit the new game page, and give this game a try.

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Aug 27, 2019

Free Pai Gow Poker Game Online

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I've added Pai Gow Poker as the latest free brain game on Memory-Improvement-Tips.com.

If you enjoy card games, you should try it! Pai Gow Poker is a two-handed variation of standard poker that has become quite popular around the world. Pai Gow Poker is fast-paced, fun, and easy to learn.

This is an "HTML5" game. That means you don't need the Adobe Flash Player or any other browser plug-in to play it. The game should work in your browser automatically.

Note: To see a list of the free HTML5 games on this site, visit this page.

Card games like Pai Gow Poker train important brain skills including concentration, logical reasoning, and mathematical skills.

Like all the brain games on my site, this online game is free to play anytime. No logging in, no registering. Just go to the game page and start playing.

Click the link below to visit the new game page, and give this game a try.

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Aug 23, 2019

Whack-A-Mole - Free Online Concentration Game

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I've added a Whack-A-Mole game as the latest free brain game on Memory-Improvement-Tips.com.

You may remember the classic Whac-A-Mole from times you've visited a physical arcade. Quickly hit moles with your mallet, as they pop up out of their holes, for points. It's great fun!

This is an "HTML5" game. That means you don't need the Adobe Flash Player or any other browser plug-in to play it. The game should work in your browser automatically.

Note: To see a list of the free HTML5 games on this site, visit this page.

Concentration games like Whack-A-Mole train important brain skills including concentration, visual perception, and reaction time.

Like all the brain games on my site, this online game is free to play anytime. No logging in, no registering. Just go to the game page and start playing.

Click the link below to visit the new game page, and give this game a try.

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May 07, 2019

Rummy Multiplayer - Free Online Brain Game

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I've added a Rummy Card Game as the latest free brain game on Memory-Improvement-Tips.com.

This version of Rummy is for two to four players. If you've never played Rummy, give it a try. The in-game instructions and the game page explain how to play.

This is a multiplayer game. That means you can play against the computer, a friend in the same room, a friend anywhere else, or even against a randomly assigned anonymous opponent.

This is an "HTML5" game. That means you don't need the Adobe Flash Player or any other browser plug-in to play it. The game should work in your browser automatically.

Note: To see a list of the free HTML5 games on this site, including the Multiplayer games, visit this page.

Card games like Rummy Card Game Multiplayer train important brain skills including attention, logical reasoning, and mathematical skills.

Like all the brain games on my site, this online game is free to play anytime. No logging in, no registering. Just go to the game page and start playing.

Click the link below to visit the new game page, and give this game a try.

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May 01, 2019

501 Darts Multiplayer - Free Online Brain Game

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I've added 501 Darts Multiplayer Pro as the latest free brain game on Memory-Improvement-Tips.com.

This game is just like the Darts pub game common around the world. Compete against one other player. Be the first to lower your score from 501 to zero.

This is a multiplayer game. That means you can play against the computer, a friend in the same room, a friend anywhere else, or even against a randomly assigned anonymous opponent.

This is a multiplayer "HTML5" game. That means you don't need the Adobe Flash Player or any other browser plug-in to play it. The game should work in your browser automatically.

Note: To see a list of all the free HTML5 games on this site, including the Multiplayer games, visit this page.

Concentration games like 501 Darts Multiplayer train important brain skills including attention and reaction time.

Like all the brain games on my site, this online game is free to play anytime. No logging in, no registering. Just go to the game page and start playing.

Click the link below to visit the new game page, and give this game a try.

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Mar 18, 2019

Free Printable Special Needs Word Searches

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I've added 50 free "special needs" word search puzzles to Memory-Improvement-Tips.com. These are printable puzzles in PDF format.

Word search puzzles are a common and fun type of brain game. But for a special needs child or adult, regular word searches are sometimes too difficult.

To help fill the gap, I created a collection of simplified word searches that should be accessible to many individuals with cognitive challenges such as autism, Down's Syndrome, or traumatic brain injury.

Rather than a large grid with many hidden words, the special needs word searches are 8 rows by 8 columns, with just 5 hidden words per puzzle. And the first word has been solved as an example.

If you know someone who teaches a special needs class or have a friend or relative with cognitive issues, print out a few of these puzzles and pass them along if you think they would enjoy them.

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Nov 15, 2018

Jumper Frog - Free Brain Game

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I've added Jumper Frog as the latest free brain game on Memory-Improvement-Tips.com.

This game is very similar to Frogger, the arcade classic. Jump your frogs safely across a busy road and a raging river!

Concentration games like Jumper Frog train important brain skills including attention and mental reaction time.

Like all the brain games on my site, this online game is free to play anytime. No logging in, no registering. Just go to the game page and start playing.

Click the link below to visit the new game page, and give this game a try.

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Sep 20, 2018

Flash Games Status Update

OVERALL STATUS (9/20/18): The Flash-based brain games like Scrabble Sprint are still working. As of today, I was able to open them in the latest versions of Google Chrome, Firefox Quantum, Microsoft Edge, and Internet Explorer on PC. On a Mac, I was able to open them in Google Chrome but not in Safari.

*GOOGLE CHROME (9/20/18): As of version 69 of Google Chrome, to play the Flash games you must re-allow the Adobe Flash player every time you close and re-open the browser. The "always allow" feature is gone.

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Google Chrome: Re-Enable Flash Each Time

The screen image above shows how to quickly re-allow Adobe Flash for my site in Google Chrome.

For more info on what's going on with Adobe Flash and online games, click the link below.

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Aug 28, 2018

Trouble Remembering? Try Closing Your Eyes

Every notice your eyes drifting closed when you were trying hard to recall something?

Turns out research confirms this really does help you remember.

Closing your eyes shuts out distractions and frees up brain resources. In many cases, this can help you access a hard-to-recall memory.

So the next time you need to jog your memory, close your eyes for a moment, and then try to remember. The simplest memory tricks are often the best.

For more information on this memory tip, check out my article on this topic by clicking the link below.

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Aug 20, 2018

Gweneviere Mann Passes Away at 47

Gweneviere Mann, who underwent surgery for a benign brain tumor in 2008 and shared her story here in 2010, has passed away at 47.

Gwen was an inspiration to all who knew her. Despite suffering memory loss and other negative effects from her brain surgery, Gwen managed to keep a positive, courageous attitude through the challenges she faced.

Even more remarkably, she never failed to provide encouragement and supportive advice to others going through similar circumstances. Gwen refused to allow the side-effects of her surgery to stop her from helping others and living a full life. She will be sorely missed.

Read Gwen's original post by clicking the link below. If you wish, feel free to leave a comment at the bottom of her post.

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Mar 19, 2018

Smoking Increases Risk of Dementia

Smokers beware: Not only does smoking cause cancer, it can also cause Alzheimer's dementia.

In fact, smoking boosts your risk of dementia by a whopping 45%!

As a former smoker myself, I sympathize with anyone who has trouble quitting. But I did quit, and I believe you can too.

I've been free of cigarettes for over 20 years. To help you quit, I've described my own simple trick for quitting smoking. Maybe my method could work for you.

Check out my article on this topic by clicking the link below.

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Mar 01, 2018

Memory Loss from 2 Brain Surgeries

This is a true story about life after epilepsy and two brain surgeries, submitted by a visitor named Pam.

Prior to 2009, Pam was struggling with epilepsy. The cause was found to be malformed blood vessels in a portion of her brain.

Two brain surgeries later, that part of her brain has healed. Unfortunately, she now has memory loss due to the brain surgery.

The wonderful part of Pam's story is her optimistic outlook. Even though she's suffered through very difficult challenges from these surgeries, Pam still is able to look on the bright side of things.

I encourage you to read Pam's full story. Click the link below to visit her story page. Feel free to add supportive comments and thoughts by posting in the Comments section at the bottom of her story.

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Jan 21, 2018

Waffle Anagrams - Free Online Brain Game

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I've added Waffle Anagrams as the latest free brain game on Memory-Improvement-Tips.com.

Connect the random letter tiles in the grid to form as many words as you can in two minutes.

Similar to the Bookworm game, each letter tile has a point value. The longer the words you make, and the higher the tile values, the more points you'll get!

Word games like Waffle train important brain skills including memory, verbal fluency, and information processing.

Like all the brain games on my site, this online game is free to play anytime. No logging in, no registering. Just go to the game page and start playing.

Click the link below to visit the new game page, and give this game a try.

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Jan 06, 2018

New HTML5-Based Brain Games

I've added an entirely new type of game category to my site. HTML5 games!

Why is this exciting, you ask? Well, Flash-based games are on the decline. It's hard to get them to run in some browsers. HTML5-based games run in any browser and are the wave of the future.

HTML5 is a game format that does not require any browser plug-in to run. These games don't need the Adobe Flash Player plug-in, for example.

Also, these games work great on mobile devices including tablets and even phones. That's not the case with Flash-based games.

Check out the new HTML5 games when you have a chance. They should run in your browser right away and without the need to install any plug-ins.

You can find a link to the HTML5 games section in the right column of every page. It's also in the FREE BRAIN GAMES pull-down menu at the top of the site.

I'll be adding many more HTML5-based brain games in the future. Enjoy!

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Jan 01, 2018

Struggling to Study Better? Tune in to Music!

If you have trouble concentrating while you work or study, check out this post by guest author Dana Jandhyala.

Dana is the co-founder and managing director of an online tutoring company. She advises students who have trouble staying focused to listen to the following music genres while they study:

Nature's Music - Classical Compositions - Instrumental Tunes - Videogame Soundtracks - Your Old and New Favorites

These styles of music can help you pay attention during any task that requires concentration, not only school studies. For example, depending on the type of work you do, you might be able to use this tip at your job.

Give it a try, and you may find yourself able to stay more focused!

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Dec 10, 2017

Games Update Project Is Complete

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I have finished updating the game links on Memory-Improvement-Tips.com. The free brain games should all open normally now.

As previously mentioned, I've been updating the code on my site to improve how the games display. This project is now done.

Many of you will be glad to hear I have restored the "Play" links (Small, Medium, and Large) for each game. I've also added a new PLAY GAME button.

You can open the games using whichever method you prefer and that works for your browser. The links and the button open the same game.

If you have any problems opening the games, please see my How to Open the Games page, the Game Troubleshooting page, or feel free to send a message to me for assistance if you wish.

Enjoy the games!

Nov 22, 2017

FYI: Games Links Are Being Worked On

Hi Everyone. As you may have noticed, the game links on my site have been changing.

The old Small, Medium, and Large links have disappeared. You may now see a Play Game link and a PLAY GAME button.

However, this is a temporary situation. I am working on putting back the Small, Medium, and Large links.

I'll keep the new PLAY GAME button, too, for those who prefer to use that.

I had to take down the Small, Medium, and Large links due to technical issues. It will take me several days to put them all back the way they were.

Please bear with me. I'll need to update the code on hundreds of page, and this takes awhile Smilie

If you'd like to see what this update will look like when done, please see the Majhong Solitaire, Bubble Hit, or Scrabble Sprint games. I've already converted those.

For tips on how to use the new PLAY GAME button, please visit the How to Open the Games page.

Nov 10, 2017

Guitar Game - Train Concentration Online Free

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I've added the Riffmaster Guitar Game as the latest free brain game on Memory-Improvement-Tips.com.

Play an electric guitar and train your concentration at the same time!

Press the correct keys to match the notes being played in the guitar song. If you are accurate, you can unlock new guitars and more songs.

You can even play this game together with a friend in the same room.

Concentration games like Riffmaster train important brain skills including focus, concentration, and attention span.

Like all the brain games on my site, this online game is free to play anytime. No logging in, no registering. Just go to the game page and start playing.

Click the link below to visit the new game page, and give this game a try.

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Nov 03, 2017

Memory Problems: Brain Hemorrhage and Meningitis

This is a true story about life after brain hemorrhage and bacterial meningitis, submitted by a visitor named Mohan.

Mohan was treated in hospital for bleeding on the brain. Unfortunately, while there he also contracted bacterial meningitis.

During his recovery from the brain surgery and the infection, Mohan now finds his memory to have been adversely affected.

Mohan wonders how long it will take for his memory to return to normal. He seems to have a fighting spirit and is thankful for those who are helping him through this trying time.

I encourage you to read Mohan's full story. Click the link below to visit his story page. Feel free to add supportive comments and thoughts by posting in the Comments section at the bottom of his story.

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Oct 12, 2017

Bubble Tanks 2 - Free Online Concentration Game

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I've added Bubble Tanks 2 as the latest free brain game on Memory-Improvement-Tips.com.

Destroy enemy bubble tanks by shooting them. Steal their bubbles and grow!

The more you play this bubble shooter game, the bigger and more powerful your bubble tank can become.

Receiving damage from enemy weapons will weaken your tank. If you are hit and you have no bubbles collected, you'll be automatically ejected to the safest adjacent bubble field.

Sometimes the best course is to simply run!

Concentration games like Bubble Tanks 2 train important brain skills including focus, concentration, and attention span.

Like all the brain games on my site, this online game is free to play anytime. No logging in, no registering. Just go to the game page and start playing.

Click the link below to visit the new game page, and give this game a try.

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Sep 04, 2017

In Seniors, Poor Vision May Increase Dementia Risk

If you are 50 years or older with vision problems, you might want to see an eye doctor soon. Researchers have found that poor vision is a risk factor for cognitive decline, including Alzheimer's dementia.

Many vision problems are correctable. So it's tragic when problems with seeing lead to memory problems, when it could have been prevented.

If you or an older relative have vision problems, check out my new article on this topic. Dementia isn't 100% preventable, but getting poor vision corrected is one sure way of lowering the odds of memory problems down the road.

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Aug 29, 2017

2048 Number Puzzle Game - Play Free Online

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I've added the 2048 Number Puzzle as the latest free brain game on Memory-Improvement-Tips.com.

Combine like numbers in powers of 2 all the way up to 2048. This is the sliding numbers puzzle that took the world by storm in 2014 and is still popular today.

Use your arrow keys to slide the numbers on a 4x4 grid. This game can be quite challenging. If you're not efficient and make combos often, the grid fills up with numbers and it's game over.

Math games like 2048 train important brain skills including logical reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and arithmetic.

Like all the brain games on my site, this online game is free to play anytime. No logging in, no registering. Just go to the game page and start playing.

Click the link below to visit the new game page, and give this game a try.

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Aug 14, 2017

Ball Drop Game - Free Online Brain Game

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I've added 3D Ball Drop as the latest free brain game on Memory-Improvement-Tips.com.

Also known as Labyrinth, this physical puzzle game goes back to the 1940's in Sweden.

By tilting the table, guide your ball around obstacles to the exit square. But don't fall through any holes, or the game is over!

This ball drop game requires a steady hand and total focus.

Puzzle games like 3D Ball Drop train important brain skills including concentration, visual perception, and reaction time.

Like all the brain games on my site, this online game is free to play anytime. No logging in, no registering. Just go to the game page and start playing.

Click the link below to visit the new game page, and give this game a try.

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Jul 16, 2017

Snail Bob - Free Visual Logic Puzzle

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I've added Snail Bob as the latest free brain game on Memory-Improvement-Tips.com.

Snail Bob's house has been destroyed by a construction crew! Help Bob find his way through the construction site to a lovely new snail home.

This game includes 20 levels of visual logic puzzles. It's quite fun and challenging.

Puzzle games like Snail Bob train important brain skills including problem solving, thinking speed, and mental flexibility.

Like all the brain games on my site, this online game is free to play anytime. No logging in, no registering. Just go to the game page and start playing.

Click the link below to visit the new game page, and give this game a try.

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Jul 05, 2017

Candy Bubble - Free Online Concentration Game

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I've added Candy Bubble as the latest free brain game on Memory-Improvement-Tips.com.

Candy Bubble is yet another bubble-popping game, of which I already have several on my site. But this game is so fun and well-made I couldn't resist including it.

Pop bubbles at the top of the screen by forming groups of 3-of-a-kind or better based on color. Use your bubble launcher to aim and shoot bubbles one at a time to form these groups.

Concentration games like Candy Bubble train important brain skills including attention and visual perception.

Like all the brain games on my site, this online game is free to play anytime. No logging in, no registering. Just go to the game page and start playing.

Click the link below to visit the new game page, and give this game a try.

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Jun 23, 2017

Spades Card Game - Play Free Online

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I've added a Spades card game as the latest free brain game on Memory-Improvement-Tips.com.

Spades is a classic popular trick-taking card game. In this version, you play on a team with a computer partner against a pair of computer players.

Make bids and take tricks to earn points. The first team to 500 points wins!

Card games like Spades train important brain skills including attention, short-term memory, and mental flexibility.

Like all the brain games on my site, this online game is free to play anytime. No logging in, no registering. Just go to the game page and start playing.

Click the link below to visit the new game page, and give this game a try.

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Jun 13, 2017

Gem Invasion - Free Online Jewel Matching Game

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I've added Gem Invasion as the latest free brain game on Memory-Improvement-Tips.com.

This game is like Bejeweled, but with a twist. In addition to gems dropping from the top of the screen, columns of jewels invade the screen from the right side, too.

Use special power-up gems for extra points that help you go up levels. This gem drop game is fun and addictive. I made it to Level 10 - see if you can beat that!

Jewel-matching games like Gem Invasion train important brain skills including visual perception and pattern recognition.

Like all the brain games on my site, this online game is free to play anytime. No logging in, no registering. Just go to the game page and start playing.

Click the link below to visit the new game page, and give this game a try.

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Jun 06, 2017

Bubble Spinner 2 - Free Online Brain Game

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I've added Bubble Spinner 2 as the latest free brain game on Memory-Improvement-Tips.com.

This is a fun variation on typical bubble-shooter games. In this version, the bubbles rotate around a hub.

That makes forming three-of-a-kinds harder than usual!

Here's a pro tip. If the match you want to make is on the side or bottom of the spinner, try bouncing your bubble off the side and/or bottom of the screen.

Concentration games like Bubble Spinner 2 train important brain skills including visual perception and concentration.

Like all the brain games on my site, this online game is free to play anytime. No logging in, no registering. Just go to the game page and start playing.

Click the link below to visit the new game page, and give this game a try.

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Jun 03, 2017

Memory Problems: My Life Post Brain Surgery

This is a true story about life after brain surgery, submitted by a visitor named Yolanda.

Yolanda underwent brain surgery as a treatment for seizures. The seizures are better, but she experiences a number of side effects from the brain operation.

Rather than become bitter, Yolanda has chosen to adopt a positive attitude toward life. This allows her to function in the world to the best of her abilities and get as much as she can out of life.

Yolanda truly is an inspiration to everyone. I encourage you to read her full story. Click the link below to visit her story page.

Feel free to add supportive comments and thoughts by posting in the Comments section at the bottom of her story.

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May 26, 2017

Matches Puzzle - Free Online Brain Game

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I've added an online Matches Puzzle as the latest free brain game on Memory-Improvement-Tips.com.

In this game, 24 matchsticks are laid in a grid on the board. Your job is to remove matches to form the required number of squares.

Each time you play this puzzle game, 12 matchstick challenges are presented. Rack your brain to find the solution to all of them!

Puzzle games like this matchstick puzzle train important brain skills including visual perception and logical reasoning.

Like all the brain games on my site, this online game is free to play anytime. No logging in, no registering. Just go to the game page and start playing.

Click the link below to visit the new game page, and give this game a try.

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