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  • Tips for Lumosity Raindrops?

    I am increasing my LPI at most games, except for 'Rain Drops' which is a disaster. I blame this on the fact that I never fully learnt my tables as a kid(!), so my mental arithmetic is shocking. I was at a particularly bad school and even though I hadn't passed all my tests at the time the teachers just moved on without bothering to check I'd learnt them. (Good excuse huh?

    Does anyone have any suggestions on how to improve? (I am in my mid 30's so it's probably time I did something about this!). Do you think playing Rain Drops itself will actually improve my multiplication (i.e over time I will gradually go from having to calculate the answer in my head to just knowing it instinctively). If not, can anyone point me at some other good resources that will help me improve my mental arithmetic.

    Thank you.

  • #2
    Do you have an iPhone or Android? There's an app called MATH WORKOUT that seriously helped me improve.

    Few weeks ago when I started out, I was getting 1400 LPI; and just last night I hit 1700. That's a huge improvement for me.

    You'll practice add/sub or multi/div however you want on varying difficulties. There's other modes too where you practice solving all kinds of problems in you head or even just your multiplication tables. I know it sounds crazy, but it actually starts to become fun when you're trying not to make any mistakes and beat your last time.

    Get the PRO version. It's only $2 and you get all the features. Improve those problem solving skills, yo!

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    • #3
      Play on a computer, preferably one with a numpad. The phone keypad is too small for accurate typing.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Guest View Post
        Do you have an iPhone or Android? There's an app called MATH WORKOUT that seriously helped me improve.

        Few weeks ago when I started out, I was getting 1400 LPI; and just last night I hit 1700. That's a huge improvement for me.

        You'll practice add/sub or multi/div however you want on varying difficulties. There's other modes too where you practice solving all kinds of problems in you head or even just your multiplication tables. I know it sounds crazy, but it actually starts to become fun when you're trying not to make any mistakes and beat your last time.

        Get the PRO version. It's only $2 and you get all the features. Improve those problem solving skills, yo!
        Thanks. That looks really good. I just installed it on my iPhone and I'll definitely give it a try for a few games everyday over the coming weeks to see if it helps.

        So far, I've discovered a couple of other iOS Apps that I've been trying:

        Math Plus - quite good but expensive to buy the whole app Mencal - challenging but doesn't seem so helpful in actually helping you learn King of Math - Also not bad My Times Tables - Good but very kid focused

        Math Workout seems to be exactly what I was looking for though! I.e. It automatically adjusts based on your level and gets more difficult as you improve.

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        • Evan
          Evan commented
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          How are you playing the actual game? Do you click or use the number pad? Using the number pad greatly increases the rate that you can enter numbers. I usually keep my left hand poised over the backspace to quickly delete numbers when I incorrectly type.

          If you have particular problem with a certain operation, you can do the specific game for it, whether it be addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division. I too have used Math Workout (I used that before discovering Lumosity) and it's fun.

      • #5
        The only way to get good at this game is to play as often as possible. Doing math improves math skills.

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        • #6
          I'm pretty sure that multiplication/division and addition/subtraction for numbers below fourteen or so is mostly a rote memorization problem. Rain Drops uses four operations, maybe you could try practicing with the storm games to work one operator (multiplication storm) at a time?

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          • LumosLaura
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            Those games are currently "unavailable." However, if you write to us at Lumosity.com/help, we're more than happy to add a special tag to your account which allows you to access all of our older games

            - Lumosity Community Manager

          • DirkFrances
            DirkFrances commented
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            LumosLaura Thanks for the info! It's great to have someone here with high level knowledge!

        • #7
          I never learned mine either! And I was a cash controller at my retail job, go figure.

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          • #8
            I use both hands on the key pad for the lap top, I don't know if that would confuse most people or make it easier, but if you already know your math, the next thing you would try and get faster at is typing in the numbers.

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            • #9
              If you manage to break your wrist, and you usually use 2 hands to play Raindrops, you can convert the game to training for data entry. Just don't beat yourself over you're dwindling scores!

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              • baby_yoda
                baby_yoda commented
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                Did you break your wrist?

              • pinkcat
                pinkcat commented
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                Yes I did, recently. Fell off the bike and used my hand to break my fall...it broke my hand.

              • LumosLaura
                LumosLaura commented
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                Oh no! Sorry to hear that pinkcat! Hope you recover quickly!

              • DirkFrances
                DirkFrances commented
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                Hope your wrist gets better soon pc. If I ever need a data entry person, I'll know where to look.

              • pinkcat
                pinkcat commented
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                Thanks folks!

            • #10
              Can't figure using two hands for Raindrops.
              One to punch numbers; other to hit return?

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              • baby_yoda
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                I use 2 hands also. It's faster for me because I have never had to be a 10 key person and am not that great, so by using both hands it just makes it easier.

              • DirkFrances
                DirkFrances commented
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                I had the same type of problem with Raindrops and games using the arrow keys! I started playing it on my laptop where the keys themselves are smaller. It took quite a shift in mind/body to be able to play. I kept hitting the number lock key! Don't worry, your two hand technique will improve.

            • #11
              Originally posted by Guest View Post
              Can't figure using two hands for Raindrops.
              One to punch numbers; other to hit return?
              right hand for the numbers, left for the enter key. That is how I do it.

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              • #12
                Raindrops is my best game, well, math is in general. I was an accountant so use the 10-key on my computer to get the best scores. My iPad I can't go fast enough on but still score pretty well.

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                • #13
                  DirkFrances: "I had the same type of problem with Raindrops and games using the arrow keys! I started playing it on my laptop where the keys themselves are smaller. It took quite a shift in mind/body to be able to play. I kept hitting the number lock key! Don't worry, your two hand technique will improve."

                  Know what you mean. I travel a lot so I'm switching between home PC and travel laptop. Scores always drop for a few days when I switch.

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                  • #14
                    I find doing mental arithmetic when I am shopping instead of using my phone prepares me well for this game. And this game really helps with the mental arithmetic, so I am both developing and using my math skills.

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                    • #15

                      Hi, I just discovered this forum, and I’m 69 years old in Poughkeepsie, NY. I try to train 4 or 5 days a week. Just yesterday, I smashed my personal best on Raindrops with a 70,500 score, beating previous best which had held for over a year. A question on Raindrops I’ve wondered about maybe someone can answer. When you type in an answer. and it applies to 2 or 3 different drops (and all of them disappear) do we score points for all the disappearing raindrops of just for one?

                      Also I’ve noticed that some games haven’t come up in my training for a very long time…. Just about a year for “Pet Detective” and “Spatial Speed Match”, and a good ten months for “Tidal Treasures.” Is there a reason certain games would be on such a long hiatus? Thanks.

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                      • LumosLaura
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                        Excellent work pushing past your personal best! I believe that you earn 500 points per correct equation.

                        As for the three games not showing up in your training, it's possible those were removed from your workout. Have you ever skipped those games and selected "Never show me this game again"? If so, then the games have been removed from your workout. They're still available through the Games page, though! Additionally, I'd be happy to do some internal research if you're able to provide me with the email address associated with your Lumosity account (privately, of course!)

                    • #16
                      Originally posted by Guest View Post
                      A question on Raindrops I’ve wondered about maybe someone can answer. When you type in an answer. and it applies to 2 or 3 different drops (and all of them disappear) do we score points for all the disappearing raindrops of just for one?
                      That's a good question. LumosLaura would know the answer to that, and your other question about game haitus.

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                      • #17
                        Laura, thank you for answering my question. I'll just select them from the games page since that is a quick and easy solution.

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                        • #18
                          Originally posted by Guest View Post

                          Also I’ve noticed that some games haven’t come up in my training for a very long time…. Just about a year for “Pet Detective” and “Spatial Speed Match”, and a good ten months for “Tidal Treasures.” Is there a reason certain games would be on such a long hiatus? Thanks.
                          It goes off what you like and love when playing....preferences settings. You can edit this online via desktop computer or your app.

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