Brain games to help improve your memory

Utilize your study breaks to do something constructive yet relaxing at the same time. Here are some of the brain games to help you do that.

Brain games to help improve your memory
Brain games to help improve your memory

'All work and no play makes jack a dull boy' is a popular proverb that holds true for every person. Especially for students, when studying for semester exams in college most of them tend to study last minute and then do so without break for long hours. This does you no good at all. Rather it affects your concentration and focus. Even experts suggest that students take a few minutes break every hour or so when studying to refresh their mind.

There are a lot of activities that you take up during these breaks to refresh themselves. You could use the time for some recreational activities or do some other constructive activities. The choice is entirely yours and it's best to choose the one that helps you relax, whatever it be. However, if you are looking for some refreshing yet constructive activities you can take up some games to boost your brain power. Taking up activities that help you improve your memory would help you concentrate and focus better when you return  to your studies after the break.

We have complied below a list for some brain games to help college students sharpen their memory and focus better on their studies.


Crosswords puzzles are fun and interesting. Most of us loved solving crossword puzzles as kid, but the habit gets lost somewhere in the process of growing up. You might however would like to rekindle your interests in solving crosswords. Playing such games helps stimulate your thinking muscles and keep your brain active. Although there is no definitive study that states the playing crosswords can help improve your memory and concentration.

But, a lot of experts agree that playing crosswords helps exercise your thinking ability. The problem that most people face with crosswords is that over time you get used to the pattern and the initial feeling of challenge goes away. To avoid such a situation it is better to experiment with different kinds of puzzles and brain teasers to constantly challenge yourself. 


Sudoku is one of the most easily available puzzle games today. The game of sudoku has had a presence in the newspaper and weekly magazines since ages. Pick up any newspaper in your college library and you'd for sure find at least one sudoku puzzle in it. Sudoku is a game that involves organizing of numbers in a particular order. The game of Sudoku teaches you to look at bigger picture and plan your moves and strategies accordingly. It helps your brain process information at a very fast speed.

Some studies also suggest the playing sudoku aids in building and strengthening your neural connections. For it helps in extending the dendrite connections in your brains which ultimately lead to improving memory power. Thus, helping focus and concentrate better with your studies.


Whenever one thinks of chess, the first thought that comes to the mind is that of intelligent people with high IQ's. The thought isn't any wrong, even studies suggest that playing chess regularly increases your IQ's and aids in preventing diseases like dementia and Alzheimer's in older people.

Chess is one of the games that helps with the growth of your analytical abilities along with improving your problem solving skills. It also aids in teaching you how to plan strategies and improve your foresight. Games such as chess help exercise both sides of your brain, constantly challenging you to makes moves to outwit your opponent. Playing games like these on regular basis helps foster your memory growth.

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Rubik's Cube

Rubik cube was first invented by Erno Rubik in the year 1974 however the interesting bit is that Erno himself took about a month to solve it the first time. Unlike most puzzles it is an open-ended puzzle for there are about 43 quintillion possible combination with the cube. There are no cheat code, rather all the information you need to solve the cube is right in front of you.

Solving the rubik's cube is an excellent way to keep your brain active, sharpen your mental reflexes and widen your perception. It also aids you in improving your problem solving skills. There are a lot of not so obvious benefits of solving the Rubik Cube puzzle. For example it improves you eye-hand coordination, improves your focus and concentration and also  your short-term memory.

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In Summation

Majority of the games mentioned above are easily to play and gain access to. One can easily get access to newspapers or puzzle books in their college library. Rubik Cube are also easily available at any toy or gift shop and are quite cheap. You can always choose between one of them that appeals the most to you or you could try alternating between all of them. There are a lot of times like when you are studying for exams  you tend to study for long hours at a stretch but after sometime you find yourself unable to process any more information. This phenomenon is called study burnout. To overcome it you need to take a short break and relax your brain.

You can try out playing one of these games during that time. They would help you relax while at the same time keep your brain active for when you return to your studies.  For more such articles on study tips, learning methods and more about college life, please visit Alternatively, you can also get such articles directly in your inbox by submitting your email id in the form given below. Liked this article? Please share it among your friend and peers to help them improve their memory and concentration.

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