Some may blame the education system whereas some blame their kids for being inattentive or naughty.
Such indirect pressure on the child can build up a lot of stress within the young and tender minds.
‘Memory‘ may look like a simple term. But, there are more than one steps involved in this whole process.
The information first enters as an ‘input‘ into the child’s brain , then the information gets stored in the Short Term Memory (STM). Now, it’s important to note that for the input to be stored in Long Term Memory (LTM) from STM, the information has to be rehearsed. That is, repeating that piece of information consciously or subconsciously plays an important role in the memory process. Only when it gets stored in the LTM, the input can be retrieved. If the STM does not store memory, it’s referred to as ‘forgetting’. Retrieval is directly proportional to how well you rehearse a topic in your mind.
There’s a solution for everything, isn’t it? But along with the child, the parent has to equally contribute in the initial stages and when you know your child is ready, let them explore their future on their own.
Here are 5 EASY & SIMPLE WAYS to strengthen your child’s memory:
- Let them VISUALISE
Ever wondered why story books for children have MORE pictures and LESS words in them?
Young children love watching pictures rather than reading something. Visual cues like images, videos and locations help improve memory, but also helps understand and create an image in the mind as soon as that information is mentioned.
A small child can recognise a car on the street because he/she had maybe seen a picture of a car in some play-book with the word ‘car’ besides it. That picture got stored in his/her mind and the child was successfully able to connect the visual part to the word ‘car’.
If necessary visuals are provided with knowledge and examples, then unknowingly it automatically becomes a memory to be remembered.
Let books, encyclopedias and online educational videos be a source of learning and entertainment for your children. Set a time table to avoid excess of exposure to that blue light from the screens. Well, technology has it’s own pros & cons.
- Make it SHORT and SWEET
Big paragraphs are a huge workload on a child’s brain. Retrieval is indirectly a mental stress especially when word to word sentences are expected to be remembered. So why not make that big topic into a short summary?
Find out the relevant parts and words of the paragraph, list them out and write a small summary in your own words. The day before the exam can be way less stressful if such small notes are made in advance. Make sure to write them in colourful pens because, as mentioned earlier, visual cues play an important role in memory.
Mnemonics are statements of numbers or letters for instance, which can be primary retrieval cues, in case a list of items have to be remembered.
- Explore the world of IMAGINATION
Imagination is a good exercise for the brain which we all have been doing unknowingly since childhood. Children have a great sense of imagination, so use their superpower to get better results.
Application of knowledge is necessary for better understanding of the topic. So if they understand topics by using symbols of their own, it is one of the best ways to memorise a topic.
Let them use their imagination, let them create a symbol by understanding and relating to the topic, and that assigned symbol will help them retrieve that piece of information when neeeded.
- Teach them to ORGANISE
Long and huge chapters automatically compels the child to label them boring and this can lead to procrastination. When exams are close, students tend to cram up all possible topics without proper planning and understanding, which leads to failure in retrieving those topics during the exam.
All you need is to make a proper time-table by organising the syllabus into subjects, subjects into chapters, and then the chapters into various subtopics.
Along with division of the work, application of that topic while studying is important. Applying the concept to real-life examples and surroundings can be extremely helpful. This understanding-based approach will make your child independent and will help them gain the ability to self-study.
- The Ultimate key is SELF-STUDY
Do not let your child be so dependent on you that they cannot study at all without you teaching them or taking their revision. Let them be independent, let them take the wild side.
Self-study is a briliant practice which needs to be followed by students of all ages. When you learn a topic in your own words, there are more chances of that topic to be remembered.
Examples or references which you can relate by reading the topic will make you a better learner.
Helping their peers to study by explaining them the topics or doubt-solving can be a good source of revision for your child. It will be a chance to boost their self confidence.
Some studies suggest that, drinking lots of water also helps in improving memory.
So, keep yourself and your children HYDRATED!
I hope this is not too much for you’ll to REMEMBER, if it is, you can always read it again for RETRIEVING the points.
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