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Old 05-17-2005, 03:46 AM
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12 Great Memory Tricks for Students

Students are required to remember a lot of information. There's material (facts, concepts, ideas, formulas, etc) for tests, answering questions in class, and understanding concepts that will prepare them for the next session or year of classes. Having a good memory can help your child ace assignments and score enviable grades. The good news is, they can learn to improve their memory.

Here are twelve tips:

1) Understand thoroughly what is to be remembered and memorized. Once they undestand something well, whether it's a name or a chemical formula, they are halfway towards memorizing it. Making sure your child asks questions in class when they aren't sure of an idea or fact is a very important part of understanding, and remembering.

2) To remember something verbatim (literally "word for word"), such as a name or a mathematical formula, encourage your child to make a song out of the information. Putting facts to music can help them remember them, because as humans we are wired to remember music and its associations. For example, to the tune of "Happy Birthday": "I'm a rhesus monkey, I live in a tree. I eat leaves and beetles, and my hearing is keen."

3) Encourage your child to think about what they are trying to learn. It's important to try and get interested in the material they are learning, and they will surely remember it more easily.

4) Students should study first the items they want to remember longest.

5) They should learn complete units at one time as that's the way it will have to be remembered later. Overlearn to make certain!

6) Whenever possible, use images to help them remember information. Have your child close his/her eyes and get a picture of how the information looks in their textbook. Tell them to try to see it on the page, see the key words underlined. Have them make a mental picture to carry with them into a test.

7) Make their own applications, examples, and illustrations can also help. Have them create their own system of organizing information - for example, using specific colors for headers, making numbered lists of facts to be memorized, or putting information into charts and graphs.

8) Use a picture if possible. Represent the idea in a graphic or picture, and teach your child to remember the picture when they want to remember the information.

9) Have students make a list of key words most useful in explaining the idea or content of the lesson. Form a variety of associations among the points they wish to remember. The richer the associations, the better memory. For example, Jeff is cute; monkeys are cute; monkeys eat bugs; Volkswagons are called "bugs"; Jeff drives a Volkswagon.

10) A good tip for kids is when trying to remember something for a test, try explaining the information or idea clear to a friend without referring to their book or notes. They should challenge themselves to see how far they can get. They may remember more than they thought they would! Then study it again and again to learn it totally.

11) Your child should actually write out examination questions on the material that they think they might get at the end of the term. Then they should write answers to their own questions. Since they now have the chance, consult the text or their notes to improve their answers.

12) Review the notes by reading through them from start to finish, then focusing on the parts they don't know as well. This is an important part of remembering.

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