Memory is very important for education. When studying and taking exams, children need to constantly recall old knowledge. Some parents force their children to recite all learning content, but it doesn't work for every child. Memory can be cultivated. Harvard research shows that everyone is born with photographic memory skills! It's just that as we age, we slowly lose this brainpower. As long as parents utilize different memory training methods according to their child's own characteristics, the memory can then be improved!
ILK Learning is here to share 4 different memory training methods with you this time, and see which one is suitable for your child!
Associative thinking is a memory training method of associating new information with existing knowledge through analysis and reorganization. This mnemonic method can help children to memorize systematically and enhance their grasp of learning content. In other words, this memory training method is using the child's old knowledge database to extend the memory to similar, new knowledge. Therefore, it is more suitable for children over 7 years old, because this memory training method requires a richer and more comprehensive understanding of information and vocabulary, and children who are too young may not be able to master it well.
This method is also especially suitable for children who do not know much about phonics. They can learn new words in foreign languages visually. Children can learn new words with familiar words that they could think of right away. Take the new word "stammer" as an example, as long as you break it down into shorter and easier phrases like "stam" (similar to stamp) and "mer" (similar to merry), and then let the child associate it with "happy stamp", the whole memory process can be simplified.
This memory training method is especially helpful for learning Chinese. "Disassemble" the new characters, and encourage children to learn the new characters in the smallest structural unit of Chinese characters. When children learn new words, they not only learn the meaning of the new words themselves but also learn how to "split" a word. This way, children can memorize the structure of new characters.
Another unique benefit of the disassembling memory training method is that it can help children learn Chinese input methods. In this digital age, many of us rely on electronic input to communicate with the world. If a child learns Chinese characters using this memory training method from an early age, he/she is getting familiar with various Chinese input methods such as Cangjie, Sucheng, Stroke and even Jiufang.
English is developed from the Germanic and Latin family. If the child has a relatively high proficiency in English, he can also use the disassembling method, break the prefix, root and suffix apart to understand and remember different words. This method allows everyone to remember thousands of new words in a very short period.
Coding method is to use different coding methods to link images to memory. This memory training method can start by using two numbers as a set of codes, each paired with an image, that is, 100 codes from "00" to "99" are paired with 100 images. This method is very effective for memorizing events, theories, or other systematic knowledge. For example, "31" can correspond to the mathematical pi of 3.14, and "97" corresponds to the year of Hong Kong's handover. This memory training method is suitable for children who need to recite effectively because the use of coding can deepen the child's impression of knowledge.
The coding method can also be used when learning foreign languages. Just systematize the information and turn it into dynamic images. Students can directly use intuition to associate simple things in life without thinking much. For example, the pronunciation of "tion" and "sion" is similar to the Chinese pronunciation of "lip". As long as different images are added, children can use this as a memory point.
"tion" starts with T, and the T is similar to the image of a cross, so children can remember the picture of "a cross that is close to the lips"; and the S is similar to a snake, which can be a snake wriggling on the lips. If you remember it like this, it will be easy to tell the difference between the two.
Therefore, the coding method is particularly suitable for distinguishing words that are similar in sound.
Even unrelated things can be easily remembered by children as long as they are organized into an interesting story. The more out-of-the-box and interesting the storyline is, the easier to bear that in mind. With the pictures drawn by the children themselves, the chance that the children will forget will be greatly reduced.
Children can also add places to stories, use familiar spaces and places as the basis of memory, recall objects in the space in sequence, and make a story association. In the future, as long as you follow the corresponding objects in this space in sequence, you can easily recall memories.
This mnemonic method has a wide range of applications, and is most effective in memorizing new words, and is also suitable for children of different ages. It is extremely flexible, and children can add different sensory elements or characters at will, and the learning process will be more interesting with the memory being particularly profound.
When adults learn, we learn by understanding. Because when we grow up to a certain age, our knowledge accumulates more and more. Adults can easily build new memories with additional analysis and understanding. However, compared with us, children have less rich life experience, and they need different tools to help them learn. In many cases, as long as the image is clear enough to be distinguished, it can be remembered.
You can choose different memory training methods to help your child by referring to the information your child needs to memorize, mastery ability, and age. As long as you keep practicing, you can improve your child's memory.
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