Are you looking for strategies to help your students improve their memory skills? If so, keep reading.
- Get the student’s hearing reviewed if it has not been recently reviewed.
- Get the student to question any directions, explanations, and instructions they do not understand.
- Get the student to be a messenger. Provide the student a verbal message to deliver to another teacher, secretary, administrator, etc. As the student shows success, increase the length of the messages.
- Examine the schedule of the morning and afternoon learning activities with the student and have them to repeat the sequence. As the student is successful, increase the length of the sequence.
- Get the student to take part in concentration game learning activities with a limited number of symbols. As the student shows success, slowly increase the number of symbols.
- Praise the student for remembering to have such learning materials as pens, pencils, paper, textbooks, notebooks, etc.
- At the end of the day, have the student recall three learning activities in which they participated during the day. As the student shows success, slowly increase the number of learning activities, the student is required to recall.
- After a field trip event, have the student sequence the learning activities that occurred.
- After reading a short story, have the student find the main characters, sequence the activities, and report the outcome of the story.
- Get the student to deliver the schedule of daily activities to other students.
- Utilize several modalities (e.g., auditory, visual, tactile, etc.) when presenting instructions, explanations, and instructional content.
- Designate a peer tutor to take part in short-term memory learning activities with the student (e.g., concentration games, following instructions, etc.).
- Record a message. Get the student to write down the message after they have heard it. As the student shows success, increase the length of the message.
- Have the student engage in learning activities to enable short-term memory skills (e.g., deliver messages from one place to another; act as group leader, teacher assistant, etc.).
- Get the student to practice short-term memory skills by participating in learning activities that are focused (e.g., delivering messages, being in charge of room clean-up, acting as custodian’s helper, operating equipment, etc.).
- Assess the student’s auditory and visual short-term memory skills to ascertain, which is stronger. Utilize the results when presenting instructions, explanations, and instructional content.
- Get the student to practice repetition of information to increase short-term memory skills (e.g., repeating names, telephone numbers, dates of activities, etc.).
- Teach the student how to organize information into smaller units (e.g., break the number sequence 132563 into units of 13, 25, 63).
- Utilize sentence dictation to develop the student’s short-term memory skills. Begin with sentences of three words. As the student shows success, slowly increase the length of the sentences.
- Present the student an item or an image of an object for a few seconds. Ask the student to recall specific attributes of the item (e.g., color, size, shape, etc.) after it has been removed from view.
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