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The Rubik’s Cube may be a complex 3D puzzle, but it also feels rewarding to learn how to solve it. For beginners to get better at solving the cube, there are a number of tips and tricks. These range from picking the appropriate Rubik’s Cube to practicing popular cube-solving methods such as ROUX or CFOP. Most people progress with practice, especially when they receive continuous feedback and encouragement.
Here are five tips and tricks that will help you improve your cube-solving skills:
- Buy a Rubik’s Cube that is suitable for you
Beginners should start with a basic and traditional 3x3x3 Rubik’s Cube, although other versions are available in the market. The original 3x3x3 Rubik’s Cube does not move very quickly but gives you more control while twisting and turning the pieces.
If you have already learned to solve the cube in less than 2 minutes, you might want to consider buying the Speed Cube. The Speed Cube is flexible, sturdy, and is the perfect cube to apply strategies that you have already learned and solve the cube quickly.
- Familiarize yourself with the Rubik’s Cube
Once you get a Rubik’s Cube, it is important to familiarise yourself with it. Notice and observe how the different pieces move, and what patterns they form when moved. It is not necessary to solve the cube immediately. Get used to moving the pieces in the corners and working with different layers.
Once your fingers are used to moving the different pieces, you can think of trying to solve the cube. Procedural memory, or your mind’s ability to remember how to do things, is important when it comes to solving the Rubik’s Cube. The more you fiddle with the cube and try to solve it, the more your fingers will learn (and remember) the moves that work.
- Learn the notation
To solve the Rubik’s Cube successfully and quickly, it is necessary to follow certain strategies. These strategies are usually based on logic and mathematics, and provide pathways to solve the cube. These pathways towards solving the Rubik’s Cube are known as algorithms. As algorithms are complex, they are often represented using notations. To mark the notations, letters (uppercase and lowercase) and apostrophes are used, and it is necessary to learn to read notations. Here are a few examples:
- A single letter means you have to make a 90-degree clockwise rotation.
- Each face will be named by a letter, for example, F= front and B= back
- If an apostrophe accompanies a letter, you have to make a face turn 90 degrees counterclockwise.
- If the letter is accompanied by the number 2, a double turn (180 degrees) should be done.
- Create lots of patterns using algorithms
Once you have learned to read the notations, you can apply algorithms and test different methods such as the ROUX, CFOP, etc. It is still not necessary to solve the cube at this stage, and all you need to do is to create various patterns using different algorithms. Some of these patterns include the Cross, flags and crests, checkerboard, and the Superflip. Once you start creating various patterns with ease, solving the cube becomes easier.
- Get encouragement and feedback from other cubers
The cubing community is warm and welcoming to beginners, and seasoned players often offer tips and tricks to beginners. Find a cubing group where you live or interact with fellow cubers from around the world on dedicated forums. An easier way to connect with other cubers is to use GoCube’s Smart Cube, whose mobile application helps you network with cubers. What’s more, Smart Cube’s mobile application tracks and syncs your solving statistics, and provides real-time feedback to improve your cube-solving skills.
Be patient and keep practicing
Just about any learning requires immense patience and goal-directed practice. The Rubik’s Cube can seem overwhelmingly difficult to some people, but everyone can learn to solve it with some effort and dedication. As feedback and encouragement are important to retain an interest in learning, GoCube’s Smart Cube can be of great help.
A Smart Cube helps you practice the cube while providing continuous feedback and guidance to improve your game through its mobile app. Most importantly, it comes with social networking features that help you connect with like-minded cubers to remain motivated and feel encouraged.