What are the best apps to improve mental math?

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    #1CogniFit

    CogniFit

    With Cognifit you can play different brain games to challenge your mind and train your cognitive skills like you never did before. Get personalized results for key cognitive abilities such as your memory, concentration and attention. 

    Games

    iOS, Android

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Margaret Curtis
    Written on December 17, 2017
    "The best thing about this app is that it has a variety of different brain teasers, exercises, and games so that you won't get bored using it. It is not repetitive but challenging. It stimulates my mental math ability. To my surprise, I love that I can select the Dementia program for my aging father to aid him; there are also choices for Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, and more. Great app!"
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    #22Vars

    2Vars

    2Vars is a free Android game that offers you math riddles to train your brain while having fun. This challenge is level-based and you move up only when you beat the clock. Worldwide leaderboards available.

    Games

    Android

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Evelyn Romero
    Written on June 25, 2018
    "At the first glance, I thought it was going to be a no-brainer application but when I actually tried it, the exercises are really challenging!! I love that the developers thought of increasing the diffuculty!"
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    #3Math Workout

    Math Workout

    Math Workout is a free Android game for those who want to improve their math skills. Join the community and hit the leaderboards or use it as a healthy daily exercise to keep your mind clear and trained.

    Games

    Android

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Wayne Davidson
    Written on June 25, 2018
    "So tempted to avail the Math Workout Pro version of this app because I am starting to get hooked with it. The best part for me is the time pressure in answering the problems in medium mode. =)"

DID YOU KNOW

In Mathematics, 9 is believed to be a magic number because if you multiply any single-digit number (any number from 1 to 10) and add up the digits of the product, the sum would always come out to be 9. On a related note, the most popular favorite number is 7 according to a survey conducted by a British mathematics writer.

At an early age, developing good mental math skills among children is an essential factor in developing a stable concentration level, listening skills, and self-confidence, research reveals. In the United States diaspora, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) research findings says that despite the progress made in some areas of math, the improvement on the basic arithmetic skills of American students are not as impressive as researchers expected. But why is there a focus on mental math? Because it is unique. Mental math is a good life skill that can be used practically outside four corners of the classroom, for instance buying potato chips or a candy bar in a store. Moreover, for teenagers and adults, strong arithmetic skills can be utilized in knowing the price of sale items, or computing for a tip, or how to split a bill among your friends when dining out. It just offers some sort of convenience because computing would be as easy as A-B-C.

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    #4Sudoku

    Sudoku

    This mobile application has many different sudoku game modes, including the regular 9 by 9 sudoku, a 6 by 6 modification. The game also has a worduku feature, a mode wherein users input letters instead of the traditional numbers.


    Games

    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Michelle Day
    Written on December 12, 2017
    "I'm not really fond of playing math games in particular but I love logic games--and sudoku has been my staple game ever!  This app looks incredibly fun! I'll let my brother play this one too. :D"
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    #5Operation: Arithmetic

    Operation: Arithmetic

    Operation: Arithmetic is a free educational game which will help your children to develop their mental arithmetic skills in a funny and easy way. The game features several challenges in which kids have to add, substract, multiply and divide to reach the goals and get extra bonus.

    Games

    Android

    Free

    Johnny Tal
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "Free and fun way to practice your children's arithmetic skills. I think it is really great that the app encourages kids to do their best in order to reach the goals. My son is encouraged to practice his basic math operations skills."
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    #6King of Math

    King of Math
    King of Math is a free iOS and Android game that helps you through improving your math skills while you kill the time and challenge your friends or unknown people from all over the world.
    Games

    iOS, Android

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Randy Wagner
    Written on December 7, 2017
    "Great layout on this app, and it's so much fun to level up! This is great for kids, especially to my daughter who is still learning the basics of fractions. However, not so great for older teens."
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    #7Math Effect

    Math Effect

    Math Effect is a brain trainer game that proposes several math-based games in which you try to solve a problem within the established time. Exercises are inspired by the Japan methodology from Ryuta Kawashima.

    Games

    Android, Android

    Free

    Timothy Roberts
    Written on June 25, 2018
    "devs have updated this game but some bugs still persist :( I am easily annoyed by errors. However, this is a nice app to practice your reaction time and basic skills in math operations. :D"
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    #8Number Drop

    Number Drop

    Number Drop is a free math puzzle mobile game which will train your arithmetic and logic. It is simple to play but the puzzles are challenging to help master your mental math and logic skills.

    Games

    iOS, Android

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Ben Rosen
    Written on June 28, 2018
    "Number Drop is the most challenging mental math game. The puzzles start easy but get super difficult and you have to solve for multiple numbers in one grid. The game is really unique too!"
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    #9Brain Exerciser

    Brain Exerciser

    Brain Exerciser is a free Android game for those trying to improve their math skills or just keeping their minds trained and fresh. The game tries to maintain a good balance between training and having fun.

    Games

    Android

    Free

    Patrick Simpson
    Written on December 5, 2017
    "Brain Exerciser is not one of the best brain training apps. The font style is annoying, which makes it hard for me to easily read the texts, and the exercises are not very good. There are better options out there."
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    #10Countdown Maths Game

    Countdown Maths Game

    Countdown Maths Game is a free Android app that offers puzzle games to exercise your mind while you keep yourself entertained. It's inspired by the TV show Countdown.

    Games

    Android

    Free

    Aaron Bowman
    Written on December 10, 2017
    "I am amazed that this app was inspired by the TV show Countdown. I and my mom used to watch it, so I kind of feel like I am also a contestatnt whenever I play this game on my tablet cuz it helps me stay sharp on my math skills. "
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    #11Mental Math

    Mental Math

    Mental Math - Arithmetic Tests is an app that helps users improve their mathematics skills. The educational app for iOS devices provides exercises for addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, decimals, percentages, and more.

    Apps

    iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Ramon Dormans
    Written on July 4, 2019
    "A complete mental math trainer to improve your arithmetics. It comes with 11 exercise types across 5 difficulty levels and detailed statistics to track your progress over time. It is suitable for all ages and educational levels. I used it to pass a professional assessment."
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    #12Math Word Problem Solver Games

    Math Word Problem Solver Games

    Math Word Problem Solver Games is a game app that features fun math word problems for kids to solve. This app also helps in enhancing the problem-solving skills of children. It is ideal for 1st to 5th-grade school students.

    Games

    iOS

    Free

    Pepper James
    Written on July 1, 2019
    "It has helped a lot in improving my kids mental math skills. It has many math word problems which help the kids to improve their mental math skills."
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    #13Focuster

    Focuster

    Focuster is an online tool that helps you get more of your top priorities done each day by automatically scheduling your calendar, directing your focus to key actions, and redirecting you from distractions.

    Online Tools

    Varies by plan

    Mildred Diaz
    Written on July 8, 2018
    "Helpful for time management. Key feature is to stay focus."
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    #14SUDOMATIK

    SUDOMATIK

    SUDOMATIK is a free mini killer Sodoku mobile game application which will keep you entertained with more than 500 handmade puzzles with unique solutions. It boasts beautiful graphics and animations. 

    Games

    Android

    Free

    Neil M
    Written on February 4, 2019
    "This is a great way to improve mental math skills without complex calculations. Simple addition and awareness of 'magic' number combinations (i.e. a total of 11, across 4 blocks, can only be 1+2+3+5) will help you solve the game. As a real bonus it shows these possible combinations on tablets. If you need a hint at any time, all the clues are free! Really enjoy this game!"
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    #15AugThat!

    AugThat!

    AugThat! is an app for education that uses augmented reality to bring core topics such as English, math, science, and geography to life in the classroom. Courses separate Common Core activities from non-Common Core activities to enhance student monitoring.

    Apps

    iOS

    Free

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Best What are the best apps to improve mental math
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1CogniFitGames 16 Free
22VarsGames 16 Free
3Math WorkoutGames 10 Free
4SudokuGames 10 Free
5Operation: ArithmeticGames 8 Free
6King of MathGames 7 Free
7Math EffectGames 6 Free
8Number DropGames 3 Free
9Brain ExerciserGames 3 Free
10Countdown Maths GameGames 2 Free
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