Memory

People think that they have a poor memory when they can’t remember names, dates, appointment times. They think their memory is failing when they forget where they put their mobile phone or their keys.

Some children who have difficulty at school are assessed as having poor Working Memory or slow processing speed.

Some students find it difficult to study: they believe that they are studying but the next day they cannot remember any of the learned information.

Working Memory

Working Memory stores and manipulates information for short periods of time. People with a poor Working Memory may have difficulty with: auditory perception, visual/spatial perception, attention, comprehension or Long-Term Memory.

Slow processing speed

People with slow processing speed take longer to comprehend written or spoken information. They take longer to answer questions, copy from the board, write essays, complete maths formulae and read because they have difficulty making tasks automatic. Processing speed is related to memory function.

Improve your memory

Rowena can provide testing to identify your memory strengths and weakness, show you how to use those strengths and provide strategies to support any weaknesses.

Strategies:

  • Find associations that make sense and generalise the overview. Because the brain compares associations and makes active choices, the more associations we make the greater chance that we have of remembering. This is one reason why multi-sensory teaching is effective. A wealth of associative material and the knowledge of how you learn will enable you to take charge of your own learning and become an effective and very successful student.
  • Introduce learning intervals between the acquisition of a set of facts with a rehearsal delay of, for example: 1 minute, 3 minutes, 5 minutes, 10 minutes, 20 minutes, the next day, 3 days, the next week. This strategy will also calm any performance anxiety.
  • Ensure that there is no exposure to incorrect facts or wrong information.
  • Reduce stress. Some stress can be useful but too much stress affects your ability to learn and remember.
  • If you are nervous and worrying about an upcoming exam, this can take up most of the working space in your working memory, leaving no space to act upon incoming short-term memory data or to pull associations out of long-term memory. The same ideas will keep going around and around on a well-worn track interfering with your ability to send any new information to long-term memory. The new information will be forgotten even though you are trying your best to remember. You might even think that you are learning but the next day all the information will be gone.
  • If you are stressed try exercising: aerobic exercise is good for brain function

Please Note: Rowena does not diagnose or treat Dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease. Your local medical practitioner is the best person to do this.