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5 Free Apps to Help Sharpen Your Mind


Lumosity Mobile

Looking to give your brain a workout? Designed by neuroscientists, Lumosity Mobile uses a series of brain training games to improve multiple areas of brain function including memory, attention and speed. The newest version even allows you to share your progress and challenge friends.



Let's face it – successful people have great things to say and with the TED app, you can hear it all. Browse through talks from leaders in almost any industry, from education to music and business. The app can also notify you when new TEDTalks are added – at a rate of more than 1,400 per week! TED lets you learn from and be inspired by the best in your field, whatever field that may be.

Daily Art

Daily Art

The world's most famous pieces of art all tell a story, and you can learn it through the Daily Art app. Each day you'll get a snapshot of a piece of art and a short description about what makes it relevant. File these tidbits away for the next time you attend a student and alumni mixer and need to impress!

Today's Document

Today's Document

The National Archives' first mobile application is actually a daily snapshot of important documents housed in the US National Archives. From letters to presidents to famous photos, you never know what you're going to get. Read about the background of each document to exercise your brain's ability to retain even the smallest detail.

Khan Academy

Khan Academy

Need to brush up on your statistics before you start your program? Looking for a refresher on the solar system so you can help your child with their project? Khan Academy has it all. Download videos, track your progress and earn achievements all on the go.

Getting the Most Out of NCU's Library

NCU Librarian Availability
Monday through Thursday:
8 a.m. to 9 p.m. MST
Friday through Sunday:
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MST

Becoming a skilled researcher takes time, patience and a little help from the experts. In an effort to help our online students navigate the sea of resources, Higher Degrees caught up with NCU's Instructional Design Librarian, Taylor Duncan, and asked for a few tips.

HD: What is the most common question you receive about the NCU Library?

TD: "How can I contact the NCU Library and what are the Library’s hours of operation?" The great news is all of the Library’s online resources are available 24/7! NCU students can call us, email us, chat with us, or submit a question via Ask a Librarian. I highly recommend that students use Ask a Librarian to submit their questions because all questions and responses are archived for use later in a personal e-filing cabinet called My e-Reference.

HD: What advice would you give to new students who are using the NCU Library for the first time?

TD: I recommend that you get acquainted with the Library by attending one of our live Library Orientation workshops. Library Orientation is led by an NCU librarian and provides all the library essentials needed to get students off on the right foot.

HD: What advice can you give doctoral students who are starting their research?

TD: I highly recommend that doctoral students starting their research schedule a one-on-one research consultation with an NCU librarian (see librarian availability on pg. 12). These one-hour research consultations are tailored to each student’s needs and may cover a range of topics—from identifying the best information resources to developing advanced database search techniques. Let us help you navigate the quickest and most efficient path to your published dissertation!

HD: What are some of the unique services the NCU Library offers?

TD: We offer an interlibrary loan service that allows students to request materials not owned by the NCU Library. We reach out to other lending institutions that participate in resource sharing and make every effort to obtain that resource quickly and at no cost to the student.

HD: Tell us about your experience with NCU students and the library.

TD: Some students feel intimidated by the online library. They are overwhelmed by the sheer number of resources we offer or perhaps they are struggling to digest the concept of a 100 percent virtual library. To overcome this anxiety, students should reach out to us and take advantage of all the services we offer. We are here to help our students achieve academic success and become valuable contributors to their communities and within their professions.

Explore the NCU Library Homepage

Here are a few of the basics every NCU student should know. For more detailed information or help with a specific library function, reach out to the NCU library team.