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Encourage Students with Strong Memory to Memorize Extra Information

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Encourage Students with Strong Memory to Memorize Extra Information

If your student has strong memory skills, particularly if they have weaker reasoning, attention, reasoning or processing

Teach It!

  1. Objective: Students with strong memory skills will leverage their strength to memorize more than is required so they can use their mental energy for more complex reasoning tasks.
  2. Teacher Takeaways: The more information a student has memorized, the easier it will be to use that information for problem solving, writing, or other assignments. If a student has strong memory, offer them more vocabulary or key terms to memorize before you present a lesson. Or have them commit math and science formulas to memory so they do not spend time looking these up.
  3. Considerations Students might not choose to memorize extra information in all classes, but it can be a good idea in subjects that they find more challenging and might benefit from an extra boost in efficiency.

Why It Works? (the Science Of Learning!)

Students aren't asked to memorize as much given the ubiquity of devices to look up what they need. However, learning builds more easily on information you know with automaticity. This is especially true for students with weaker attention and working memory because having information committed to memory then reduces the load on those executive function skills. As explained in this learning sciences blog, students who find it easy to memorize might discover that memorizing information beyond what is required can help their understanding.