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Students must be working as sponges. Their task is to absorb all the material offered to them without a chance to forget anything. Various subjects are filled with different sorts of information, which is almost impossible to structure in your head completely. The more material a student receives, the more information he/she forgets. That is why science has paid much attention to such a notion as mnemonics. The set of the special techniques has been developed to help a person memorize more information using less efforts and less time. Scientists have already confirmed the presence of the bond between memory and such processes as drawing inferences, predicting facts, and all other brain capabilities that push you towards the development in the certain discipline. Only one question remains open: what particular methods are the best to make your memory work not in vain but towards creating the mentioned links?
Perhaps the most widespread techniques of memorizing huge chunks of information are working with mnemonics methods. The first-letter approach may be both interesting and helpful (striking word RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation) or a catchy phrase (Every Good Boy Does Fine)). However, that may not be of effective aid to everybody.
It is also important to consider the peculiarities of your memory. Similarly to people’s uniqueness, your brain understands your particular life goals and works towards memorizing the information relevant for fulfilling the aims in real life. However, if you caught yourself running around the room, looking for a pencil to write down a few digits due to the inability to memorize them, it may already be a significant problem. This is where you should begin working to help your brain develop memorizing skills. That is why be attentive while getting acquainted with the following tips to think about their usage in your everyday life.
The sooner the students memorize the main point of the read material, the easier it will be for them to get the details out of the memory. The idea of the text is of the biggest significance while everything else will recover from the brain during the process of recollecting. That is why a teacher ought to pay much attention to what they should memorize, particularly to its main point.
Student’s memory is fragile. That is why students should master it carefully in order to understand how to remember what they study. Vocabulary exercises can help them rely on the particular words to recover the information necessary for memorizing. A teacher may help them create the checkpoints and work towards the ultimate goal – recollect the information piece after piece. Students should pay their attention to the long words, as they are easier to memorize, thus easier to recover later. Not only will it help enrich students’ vocabulary, but will also work towards improving the memorizing skills.
It does not make a rocket scientist that images are perceived better than just written information. Linking words to images will help develop the helpful bond in the minds, which will work towards improving memorizing skills. A teacher may create associative arrays, allowing connecting the words difficult for the memory with the easy images of students’ own choice. If that is not enough and a teacher wants to improve the technique, he/she can try sound associations. Maybe some students can perceive with their ears better and are able to benefit more from linking the keywords with the sound effects. A teacher should remember that every student is unique and try to find the special approach to everybody so that his/her methods are effective for all students.
Quizzes are the perfect possibility to test the students’ memory and work towards improving their thinking skills. Here are some pieces of advice for a teacher. Tackle them with various questions, making the brain work hard, so the next time they are trying to recollect the information, it will be easier for them to think about the quiz you prepared for them once. Your invested time will not be in vain as soon as you see the sparkles in their eyes as they are struggling to find the answer to the tricky questions. The brighter your challenge will be the more chances a student will have to recollect the episode, in which the correct answer was mentioned.
Repeating the information might be helpful, however, in case you do it wrong, there is an easy chance to fail with improving and even trigger deterioration. Constant reviewing is tedious and does not help much. That is why it is important to give students a chance to use something they can rely on during their repetition. Flash cards work best in this scenario. Moreover, organizing the memorizing technique in a way the students challenge each other will provide even more opportunities for them to memorize the specific material.
A teacher should work on methods of memorizing and develop special techniques to benefit the students. As a teacher, you should not give up if you meet the failure – just continue working until you reach the desired result.