12 Dec 2018

Memory for effective study skills

Memory for effective study skills

‘If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.’ Einstein

Memory is a wonderful trait of human beings. Now, more than ever in history, scientists are unlocking the secrets to enhancing memory and this is extremely important to educators. Memory, as a concept, often is relegated to a minimal role, perhaps because of our own lack of understanding. As noted by Caine and Caine (1997), “Many of us associate the word memory with the recall of specific dates or facts or lists of information and sets of instructions, requiring memorisation and effort”. Memory, however, goes beyond this one-dimensional aspect of learning and, rather, focuses on attending, learning, linking, remembering, and using the thousand pieces of knowledge and skills we encounter constantly. For educators, memory is the only evidence that something or anything has been learned.

How often do we wait until the assessment or exam looms before even mentioning ideas related to revision, recall and memory? If we begin to grasp the role of memory in learning we can begin to feed it into our teaching everyday. Our memory training day will look at how we can do this, as well as providing some top tips around how to support students’ revision at KS2, 4 and 5. The course will cover:

  • The role of working memory and how we can make sure we do not cognitively overload students. Want to read more? Click here.
  • Long-term memory: how to ensure revision is not a last minute cramming session and students have learned deeply. See the table below for some quick ideas on which revision strategies are most effective.
  • How understanding memory can help us plan lessons and schemes of learning.

If you are interested in the role memory can play in effective study skills for students then book a place on our January course.

How effective are some of our most familiar forms of memory retention: