17 Easy Tips to Improve Learners Memory and Recall

Are you looking easy tips to improve students memory and recall? If so, keep reading.

1. Get the student to finish “fill-in-the-blank” sentences with appropriate words (e.g., objects, persons, places, etc.).

2. Show ideas following the (1) Who, (2) What, (3) Where, (4) On occasions where, (5) How, and (6) Why outline.

3. Get the student to use a Plan of Daily Activities to recall tasks to be reviewed.

4. Get the student to be a classroom messenger. Provide the student an oral message to deliver to another teacher, secretary, administrator, etc. As the student shows success, slowly increase the length of the messages.

5. Minimize distracting stimuli (noise and motion) around the student (e.g., place the student on the front row; give a table or quiet space away from distractions). This should be used as a way to lessen distractions, not as a punishment.

6. Get the student to compete against themselves by timing how fast they can name a sequence of pictured objects. The student tries to increase their speed each time.

7. Get the student to listen and take notes following the “Who, What, Where, On occasions where, How, and Why” format when ideas are presented.

8. Get the student to recall, at the end of the school day, three learning activities in which they participated during the day. As they show success, slowly increase the number of learning activities, the student is required to recall.

9. Utilize several modalities (e.g., auditory, visual, tactile, etc.) when presenting instructional content.

10. Provide the student specific categories and have them name as many things as possible within that category (e.g., objects, persons, places, etc.).

11. Provide the student a choice of answers on worksheets (e.g., fill-in-the-blank, multiple-choice items, etc.). This increases the student’s chance of recognizing the correct answer.

12. Daily, examine those skills, ideas, talks, etc., that have been previously introduced.

13. Praise the student for displaying precise memory skills: (a) give the student a concrete reward (e.g., privileges such as leading the line, handing out learning materials, 10 minutes of free time, etc.) or (b) give the student an informal reward (e.g., praise, handshake, smile, etc.).

14. Praise the student for demonstrating accurate memory skills based on the length of time the student can be successful. As the student shows success, slowly increase the duration of time required for reinforcement.

15. On occasions where the student has difficulty with recalling information, remind the student that forgetfulness happens to everyone. We all have strengths and areas where growth is needed.

16. Separate at several points during the presentation of information to check the student’s comprehension.

17. Consider using an education app to help the student enhance their memory. Click here to view a list of apps that we recommend.

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