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08/08/2016

Top Tips To Improve Memory Function

Our children are growing up in a society full of distractions like smartphones, video games, and social media, to name just a few. Psychological research has found that spending so much time in a front of a screen, and receiving such a constant input of information, can have negative consequences for their attention spans and memory function. But, there are steps that you can take to help your child to improve their memory skills, and flourish at school. In today’s article, The Tutoring Center, Santa Clara CA would like to share top tips to improve memory function.

Raise Their Heart Rate

Studies have shown that exercise can boost brain power. Taking your child for a brisk, twenty-minute walk before an exam or a period of study can improve results. While you are exercising, ask them to recall information they recently learned.

Ask Them To Teach What They Have Learned

We are twice as likely to remember information that we read out loud. A great way to further increase your ability to retain facts is to teach what you have learned to someone else. Ask your children to create presentations about topics that they find challenging, and watch their understanding improve!

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Develop Mental Connections With Mind Maps

Mind maps are graphic techniques designed to harness the full potential of the brain by creating associations in the same, natural way in which the brain functions. For example, a smell detected by the nose can trigger a memory in the brain, which in turn triggers an emotion. This a natural, subconscious way in which we form memories; by forming associations. Mind maps aim to take advantage of the brain’s natural ability to create associations by linking key words, phrases, colors, and images. There are many free websites online with guides to help you and your kids get started with mind mapping.

Consider Using Parental Controls

It’s very easy to become distracted when studying and attempting to retain information and find yourself scrolling through Facebook, or checking Instagram instead. As a parent, you can block social media sites, or limit the amount of time per day that your children can access these sites from home computers. Limiting access decreases the risk of distractions, and you can use social media time as a reward for hard work.

Encourage Regular Study Breaks

Studying for long periods of time without a break is actually not the most productive way to study. Experts recommend encouraging your children to study for a maximum of 50 minutes, before taking a 10-minute break to relax their brain and stretch their legs.

Prioritize Sleep

Sleep is absolutely crucial for memory consolidation and focus. Make sure that your kids are getting at least 8 hours of good-quality sleep a night, to give them the best chance of learning during the day.

Study in a Group

Have you noticed that your children have no trouble remembering an offhand comment that their friend Sally made at the weekend? But, with information provided by teachers at school, it’s a different story. Well, evidence suggests that studying in groups can be extremely beneficial for memory, so why not invite your kids’ school friends around the next time that they have exams or a special project to work on?

Get Your Kids Drawing!

Drawing a diagram activates a different part of your brain to the part that you use to read or write text. Encouraging your children to engage different parts of their brain in this way means that they are able to utilize a higher percentage of their brain at a time, which is excellent for improving their memory skills.

Meditate

Meditation is a great way to improve concentration and memory, is great for stress, and can be done by anyone of any age. Try meditating together first thing in the morning before an intense day at school, before bed to improve sleep quality, or even taking meditation classes as a family.

Improve Knowledge Retention With Tutoring in Santa Clara CA

If your child is struggling at school, The Tutoring Center, Santa Clara CA can provide the extra support that you have been looking for. Call The Tutoring Center, Santa Clara CA today at 408 816 7825 to find out more about how tutoring in Santa Clara CA can help your child improve their knowledge retention and boost their grades.

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