It is a given that parents are always looking for strategies to be able to enhance their kid's memory. Also, both teachers and parents are always seeking ways to boost the learning curve in the classroom.
Luckily, there have been some great studies that have come up with some very fruitful steps that can help both adults and children to help improve their memory and concentration.
In the course of a webinar ‘Memory In The Classroom,' hosted by Denver Museum Of Nature & Science, conducted by eminent educationist Kim Bevill, there emerged some important strategies that can help improve memory, in both students and adults.
The recommended number of hours of sleep a child need is ten to twelve hours each night. If a student is getting less sleep than he needs, it can halt the neural connections from being formed, which in turn, will result in the student facing difficulty in saving things in his memory. So, getting enough sleep is a must, not only for the body but also for the brain.
Stress-busting activities are essential to be able to improve memory. The hormones that are released while the student is in stress can act as a barrier while trying to store memories. It has been revealed that it is hard for students to retain what they learn at school and to focus on school work if they come to school stressed.
Here are some stress busters that might help your kid:
>Breathing Exercises: Studies have shown that concentrating on breathing when stressed can help relieve the stress. While breathing in a count to 6 and count to 12 when breathing out.
>Snack Breaks: Snack and water breaks can help increase the ‘feel good’ neurotransmitters that help in reducing stress.
Exercise can help increase students’ memory and focus. Aerobic exercise especially has been proven to be beneficial to brain health, attention span and memory. Kids need to be active during the day to be able to stimulate their brain. Kids who struggle with attention are recommended to be actively involved in a sport of their choice. Bevill also recommends jumping jacks, skipping rope and other exercises that help with balance regularly during the day. According to Bevill, this kind of regular movement throughout the day helps in attention, engagement and preventing boredom.
4. Spice Up Every Topic
Finally, Bevill suggests that the topic that is being talked about needs to have some ‘spice’. This will help students retain it better. Topics that have a ‘fascination factor’ to it will be easier to memorize as compared to mundane topics. Showing an interesting video, picture, or doing an interactive session before introducing the topic can engage the students more and help in increasing their attention. Bevill stresses that the ‘fascination aspect’ of the class should be meaningful and relevant for it to help in improving the students’ memory.