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Memory and Learning

Memory and learning are closely linked. Because of this, strong memory skills make it much easier to comprehend lectures, remember important dates and events, and pass tests with confidence.

If it sometimes seems like your child is missing “Memory Velcro”, it could mean that memory skills are weak. Some kids struggle to memorize math facts, and it doesn’t matter how many times you whip through those flash cards, the information doesn’t stick.

Other children can decode words like champs but when it comes time to understand what was read, they have blank expressions on their faces. And all too often, kids will know information the night before a big test and then completely bomb the test because they “forgot” the information.

Harp Learning Institute helps kids with learning disabilities build proper memory processing skills for academic and learning success.

Most schools fail to address memory building as a subject that needs to be nourished and grown, even though it’s the end result that they expect. After all, passing tests is the main avenue of measuring student learning. Memory building activities and games are important for children weak in memory skills. This gives them a way to succeed in a fun way. At Harp, we have an array of learning games and activities to strengthen visual and auditory memory skills.

Learning, Memory, and Academic Struggles

Have you ever tried to remember something at the grocery store, a phone number, or the name of someone you’ve just met? Aren’t you glad that you didn’t have a test on this? Kids spend hours every day failing tests when they don’t have to. With a little work and some fun games, your child can soon master memory skills!

Students with learning disabilities are especially prone to having weak visual and auditory memory skills. Here’s the good news. Memory is simply a skill like riding a bike or playing baseball. Like any skill, it can be strengthened.  

Students are more cooperative when they can remember information to read or discuss.  Harp Learning Institute makes sure students have strong memory and learning skills.

When your child comes to a session at Harp, we’ll focus on building crucial visual and auditory memory skills, step-by-step.  Starting with two-digit memory span for both visual and auditory memory, your child will have a ball playing fun games as we stealthily build up that memory “muscle”.

Once your child masters two-digit memory span, we increase the demand to three-digits, in both visual and auditory memory, of course. We’ll continue honing memory skills until six-digit memory span is a breeze!

Children are happy and confident when they have strong auditory and visual memory skills intact.  Harp Learning Institute makes sure memory and learning skills are strong.

Working Memory and Learning

Working memory is responsible for temporarily holding information in the brain.  This makes it available for your child to process and manipulate information.  In turn, working memory helps with reasoning and decision-making skills and is a key contributor to your child’s behavior.  

The role of working memory is temporary. It holds information available in the brain for a short while, babysitting it in a way, until your child’s brain can decide what to do with it – keep it in long term memory or throw it into short term memory.

In addition, working memory is one of the brain’s executive functions. This type of memory changes. It manipulates. Your child might put his or her own spin on learning. This is the opposite of regurgitation of information.

Another example of this might be when your child is listening to a teacher explain about “nouns”. Your child can “see” the noun in his or her mind while the teacher is talking about it. However, ten minutes later, your child might not even remember what a noun is, much less the particular noun the teacher was explaining – the very one once hovering in your child’s mind.

This is because the brain must sift through all information it receives and decide what to do with it. If your child not only manipulated but retained all the information coming in, then it would be chaos! In this particular instance, your child’s brain decided to toss out the “noun” information, immediately delegating it to short term memory.

However, working memory isn’t just for short-term use. It also helps the brain organize new information for long-term storage.

Reading comprehension is a breeze when students have strong visual and auditory memory skills.  Harp Learning Institute instills strong memory skills in its students.

Short-Term Memory

Short-term memory is the brain’s ability to hold but not manipulate small bits of information.  This type of memory is held in an active, readily available state for a short period of time.  
Moreover, we use short-term memory to remember phone numbers, addresses, or pieces of relatively unimportant information. We hold this type of memory active in the brain for about 18 to 30 seconds. In the above-mentioned “noun” description, your child’s brain delegated the entire “noun” lecture to short term memory.

Long-Term Memory

Long-term memory is the brain’s ability to transfer information from short-term memory into long-term storage in order to create lasting memories. This sort of memory storage is unlimited in its capacity and is stable, perhaps lasting for years or even an entire lifetime.

Think back to a special event, such as a high school graduation or when your child was born. It’s like the entire event is emblazed in your mind! Your child is the same way. Maybe a birthday party or a special visit from Grandma and Grandpa has found its way into your child’s long-term memory.

Remembering important information is difficult for students with learning disabilities like autism, dyslexia, and ADD/ADHD.  Harp Learning Institute deals with these memory issues and helps students recall crucial information.  Memory and learning are tied together and can be enhanced with exercises.

How Memory Affects Learning

When a child has trouble with memory, the brain might store information in a jumbled way. Or it might not store it for the long term at all, letting it bounce around between short-term memory and working memory. Of course, there are many variations of this, but you get the idea!

Have you ever listened to your child rattle off the exact dialogue from a movie…more than once?  But if you were to ask what the capital of Massachusetts was – since that was part of that week’s assigned homework and you’ve practiced many times – your child just stares blankly at you.

Help for Memory Issues

Your child can learn to memorize, to strengthen skills that affect memory and learning. At Harp, we first work on basic visual and auditory memory building skills in order to build a memory foundation. After building a strong foundation, we manipulate information.

Visual memory:

Visual memory is the brain’s ability to hold images in the mind after the “item” is gone.  For example, each letter in a word is a “picture” of sorts.  If a student can only hold two images in visual memory, then only two of those letters can be recalled when trying to read. This means that when reading, which requires automaticity, only two-letter words are able to be read with ease.

Imagine trying to read multi-syllable words when you can only recall two of the letters! 

Harp Learning Institute helps students create strong memory and learning skills.

At Harp, we start building your child’s memory by introducing two-digit memory span. From there, skills demand increases until proficiency at six digits is reached.  Once six-digit memory span is reached, those pesky multi-syllable words are no longer a problem. Your child learns multiplication facts with ease. Even better, your child passes tests by recalling bits of information without stress or anxiety. Grades soar.  Confidence spikes.  Reading becomes a joy instead of a chore. 

When your child comes to a session at Harp, we play games, break out the mini-tramps, use big balls, and provide a wide range of memory-building activities. The best part?  Your child has fun while building up those memory skills.

Auditory Memory:

Auditory memory is the ability to take in information that is presented orally, process it, retain it in the brain, and then recall it.  Here’s where it gets tricky.  Auditory memory requires working memory.

At Harp, we also start your child with two-digit auditory memory span.  Just like with visual memory, we once again build up to six-digit memory span.

Memory and learning are closely linked. By strengthening visual and auditory memory skills, working memory can be used more effectively.

We also work with sequential auditory memory where your child will memorize auditory patterns both backward and forward.  These gives them practice in manipulating bits of auditory information, which helps with working memory.

Of course, we have many other memory-based activities that we use at Harp, but these are some of our most common ones.

Step-by-step, your child’s memory skills strengthen. Your child aces tests, properly stores information, and has strong “Memory Velcro”.