It takes a lot of effort and fine memory skills to process and store all of the information given to children in their lessons. As interest on the importance of exam results and proven knowledge is increasing, it is vital that children are able to recall everything or, at least, the majority of things from memory so that they can reproduce this information when needed. However, if remembering is a skill that your child is uncomfortable with, it is important to remember that it can be learned like any other skill or technique.
There are many strategies available to help your child improve their memory and information retention for the short-term (a few seconds), whilst actively working (several minutes while altering information) and for the long-term (an extended period of time).
For instance, copying words for a spelling test, children must be able to remember the sequence of letters in the word itself (short-term), write down the words without looking back at the correct spelling (active work) and later recalling the words from memory for a spelling test (long-term).
By getting more opportunities to exercise their memory skills, the easier your child will find it to store new information and retain it for later use. Here are some helpful pointers:
1. New Information
The first and most important step to learning and remembering new information is actually getting the knowledge in the first place! Once you or your child has the information it is just the storing and processing that needs to be done.
2. Memory Games
Keeping learning fun as well as interesting and educational can prove to be a valuable way to improve knowledge and retention of information. By playing various memory games you will help to stimulate your child’s memory and keep it active.
3. Memorising Strategies
Simple memory tricks can be used to help influence the way your child stores information. When learning directions, for example, you could encourage your child to hold their hands up in an ‘L-shape’ and the one with the correct letter L would indicate left.
4. Little Steps, Not Big Leaps
Memorising small parts rather than large quantities is often easier. For instance if your child is learning lines for a play or show then breaking the text down and memorising the tougher sections first would be beneficial overall.
5. Practice Makes Perfect
Frequent testing or quizzing of your child’s knowledge can help to store facts and information as the repetition will reinforce their existing knowledge and also mistakes can be picked up and improved upon.