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How Building Memory Skills Helps Academics

Students need to be able to remember what they are taught, whether it is in a visual or auditory manner.

Can you imagine what it is like to have information presented to you but having no way to hold it in your brain?  For these students, it is as if there is no “Velcro” in their brains to hold the information there so that it can be manipulated and processed for academic success.

Memory building is a key component  to passing tests, retaining information, understanding homework assignments, and reading comprehension.

In order to strengthen memory skills, students begin with basic components of memory and practice those until they become easy and efficient.  Then they are given another piece to add on to the previous component.  Slowly, by practicing and building these vital memory skills are increased.

Math facts can be memorized without a struggle.  Homework assignments are remembered.  Reading comprehension increases.

And, of course, basic visual and auditory memory skills are important for reading , writing, and spelling.  Each word a student sees has a symbol for each letter.  Students must be able to remember up to seven symbols for multi-syllable words to be read easily.  And, the student must be able to remember not only sounds, but word meanings to comprehend what is read.  These skills apply to spelling and writing as well, since the student must recall auditory information in order to remember what sounds comprise a word for spelling or writing. Once the student has a strong memory bank, then he/she is able to manipulate this information so that a strong working memory is in place.  This will help the student in subjects like algebra where multi-step thinking is important and geometry where formulas must be memorized.

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