Russell (zimzat) wrote,

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Brain Age: Review & Second thoughts

So, that's kind of cool. On some of the Brain Age Daily Training games I'm getting a little worse, and on some I'm surprised I'm doing better.

Today I scored worse on the 20x Calculations, but I'm still steadily getting better on the 100x Calculations. This is also getting me to remember more multiplications than I ever did in school. When it came to tests I would just start writing a "cheat sheet" on my scratch paper of multiples of certain (6, 7, and 8) numbers. It also reminded me of my pattern for finding multiples of 9 less than 10 times (take the number multiplied by 9, subtract one, use it for the tens digit, then subtract it from nine to get the ones digit. Example: 7 * 9, 7 - 1 = 6, 9 - 6 = 3, thus 7 * 9 = 63).

I'm not sure how I'm supposed to get better than 5 out of 5 on the Head Count, but he keeps saying 'maintaining the status quo' like it's a bad thing anyway. I only do 5 out of 5 every other day. The first time was only 1 out of 5 but I've also gotten a 3 out of 5 and a 4 out of 5 once.

The top of the Read Aloud chart is 15 syllables a second, but I can barely do ~4 a second. I don't see how anyone can speak 15 syllables a second without slurring their speech. I would have to start reading silently to get a higher score. =\

I'm doing surprisingly well at Syllable Count. I say this because I never was very good at the finer aspects of language in English classes at school. The first time I tried following the 'hold your hand under your mouth as you speak and count the number of times you open your mouth'. That didn't work so well so I went to just saying it in my head and counting the distinct changes in pronunciation.

As far as the Brain Age tests themselves go I'm getting much better. For the last four days I've scored (from oldest to newest) 38, 40, 34, 35, with today being 30. That's not so bad. It's still older than I actually am, but then I wonder how many people actually score perfect on it.

I'm still waiting to see what the last three daily training exercises are. *looks up guide for stamps* What? I have to wait almost a week before I get the next exercise? ... Sheesh. They really want to keep you playing until it becomes a habit. :-P
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