This app was my one of my most used last year. At some point I opened it more regularly than Instagram. That I only had to put like 10 minutes of my time every single day, was so compelling, I just couldn't stop. This reminds me of a story about Dave Brailsford, the cycling coach obsessed with the idea of marginal gains: improve every little thing by just one percent, and extraordinary results won't let you wait too long. Elevate is just about that: small effort, small improvement, accumulated into something absolutely amazing.
English is not my mother tongue, and Elevate has provided me with both a brain training routine and, as an extra, some good samples of everyday English phrases and words I either didn't know I need in my life or had used wrong in the past. Same with basic arithmetics: I had no doubt I could do this, but it hit me hard how slow I could actually do it in the beginning. And it's just an app, I mean, it's crazy: you open it, you use it, and you get faster at mental calculation, more eloquent in speech, and able to recognize patterns where just a couple weeks ago you couldn't see anything.
My favorite exercise is Processing, it's a speed-reading exercise. I remember starting at about 160 words per minute and consistently trying to beat it (because that's what the app is all about). Now, according to the app, I am able to consume a stream of text at a speed of 340 words per minute, while retaining almost everything. This works. I no longer spend three minutes reading a "3 min read", it takes me way less. I combine it with other tools and techniques, but the very first step towards eliminating subvocation was here, in the Elevate app. It changed my life.Pros:
Useful and would especially be appreciated by those who value marginal gains. And it's beautifully made!Cons: