10 Ways to Enhance Memory for Children!

By Crystal Maria Andrade,

You may wonder how you manage to remember information for a test. Parents often worry how well their children are learning and whether schools are meeting educational standards. Parents and teachers have big dreams that their children and students should become successful in their life. But, whether you succeed or not, all depends on this one aspect: your mind.  Your mind matters and what matters more is your memory. Memory has three stages which include sensory information (replica of what you see and hear/ also called encoding), short-term memory (active/working memory also called storage) and long-term memory (permanent memory/retrieval). Learning is the outcome of memory and learning depends on how well you have processed the information. As ability to recall information is needed for students, the information they learn should be passed on from the short term memory to long term memory in order to retain information during exams, tests or whenever required.

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Here are some tips for learning that will enhance your ability to recall information and achieve excellent results:

How much is too much:  There’s a need to understand the span of attention of students and their capacity to store information in their working memory. It is not educationally sound to impose on the students huge amount of information for long period of time, this will leave them confused and clueless. Instead, giving them limited information for study and helping them to learn with vigour will aid in retaining the information for a longer period of time.

1. Adding Emotion: Anything taught with the element of emotion will be easily retained in our memory. This means students are likely to recall information that induces an emotional response. Teachers can use this tactic in English, History and Science classes. For example: if the lesson is on galaxy, the teacher can induce emotions in the students by showing them videos or pictures of the galaxy and stars.

2. Reading, writing and recollecting: Anything which is read out loudly will enhance your retention than just reading it. Writing down the important points or facts will help in retention and will be useful while studying for exams. Recollecting is the ability to retain the information after reading and writing. If you have encoded the information efficiently then you will be able to retrieve the information.

4. Rehearsal: It is said ‘Practice makes a man perfect’, therefore, rehearsing information till you master any concept is very important. Rehearsal improves your memory and gets etched onto your long-term memory. Also, rehearsing the right information is essential because unlearning the inaccurate information which is passed on to the long-term memory will be a challenging task. Hence, practice over time and ace your exams without cramming all information in one night.

5. Give meaning: If there is any subject which has many names, dates and figures; then it is always better to associate these facts with something. Giving meaning to meaningless concepts or information through ways such as poems, mnemonics, music and rhythm will improve retention of this information for future use. Nevertheless, you can use an aid such as chunking which plays a significant role in enhancing the short term memory transfer to long term memory. Chunking numbers, colours or aspects in groups helps in remembering and learning the concepts faster.

6. Make connections: It is vital to make connections or associations between the new information and the previously learnt information. The higher the number of associations made, the more chances of retaining that information easily and this in turn induces your memory power through which you can retrace the information easily.

7. Avoid distractions: While studying, choose a quiet and peaceful environment, comfortable seating and table, bright light, proper ventilation and avoid distracting things around you. Here, distracting elements include anything that diverts your attention, for instance: video games, T.V., music player, phones, and the like. While studying, if distraction persists then encoding the information suffers leading to forgetting. Hence, for encoding to be efficient you shouldn’t give ways to distraction instead concentrate and give maximum attention to avoid the inability to retrieve information.

8. Get some rest: Take a break between learnings. You have heard that ‘All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy’, so take breaks after few hours of studying and relax your mind. Not only breaks but physical exercise and sound sleep strengthens your ability to retain the information. Sleep is very crucial to boost your memory. Sleep helps us learn new information and pass the information to the long-term memory. However, for most of the problems including imbalance of mind and body, stress, preparing for exams- the best prescription commonly given is get some sleep! So, say goodbye to cramming all night.

9. Teach others to help you revise better: Whatever you have learnt will be useful when you share that knowledge to another person. So, one of the best ways to learn is to teach what you’ve learnt to another person. This is the reason why teachers have mastered the concepts they teach because they have to teach the same lessons and concepts to many batches in school. Adding to this, if the concepts are thought using real life stories and examples or experiments, then the students are likely to remember them for life because anything visual stimulates our attention and learning takes place faster.

10. Questioning enhances learning: Asking questions like why, how, what helps in learning concepts well because here the reasoning, thinking and analysis is involved. Anything which triggers our mental processors helps in learning the concepts faster and better. Finding answers to these questions makes memory work out as all the mental processors are involved making the memory charged and active. Besides, another way to ask question is by taking the quizzes or tests which will help in reasoning and in a way enhance your memory power. Here, the end process will be getting feedback from the tests which plays a vital role in knowing what is right and what is wrong. All this collectively heightens your memory power because your brain is at its maximum functionality.

These are the 10 ways which will help you learn efficiently and remember information so that they can be retrieved whenever in need. If these procedures are followed anyone can learn anything quickly and retrace the information efficiently. However, all these procedures have to be followed in a systematic way and one shouldn’t end up multi-tasking. The reason is because our brain processes and stores the information systematically. This is not practiced then certain glitches can occur in the process of learning which will lead to forgetting. Now, you know that the old myths of rote learning don’t work. These guidelines will help students as it will help them reason and learn using the above methods which will have a great impact on the way they can retrieve information whenever asked for. Therefore, retention depends on how well you make use of these sure-fire ways to become more effective learner by simply enhancing your memory power for excellent results. Ultimately, don’t forget that remembering is a skill that takes lot of practice and learning is a life-long process and has to go on for our existence on earth. So, happy learning as memory is like a computer, you need to press Ctrl + S (Save) for all important information, press Backspace for all irrelevant information and press Delete for unused/useless information. Now F5 (Refresh) your mind and practice these useful methods.

About the Author:

Crystal Maria Andrade is a Content Developer at Learnhive. Nature, travelling, music, movies and fun interests her. She has a profound passion for writing. She believes making the most out of every opportunity. Her hobbies include collecting quotes, learning new words and playing crosswords and puzzles. She’s a fun-lover and is surrounded by fun-loving people. Spreading happiness is her mantra.

About Learnhive: 

Learnhive is a leading provider of technology based learning solutions for K-12 students, parents, and tutors. Our goal is to make curriculum based learning more effective and fun. We specialize in providing after school learning solutions for students and parents. Our flagship product, Personal Concept Tutor™ gives students the flexibility to learn concepts at their own pace using a wide variety of materials and resources suited for their individual needs. Our technology is compatible with multiple device formats such as desktops, laptops, tablets and smart phones to make learning more fun, interactive and available to students anywhere and at anytime. Signup for free to access the learning materials (lessons and exercises).

 

Is your child getting the required physical activity?

By Bhaven Shah,

There is no argument that academic excellence is highly valued in most schools and colleges across India. Most of the curriculum and academic calendars of schools are geared towards ensuring maximum pass out ratios or maximum number of students securing top spots in the state or national level examinations.  In order to meet their own expectations in this highly competitive academic context, parents often send their children for extra tuitions classes and other preparatory coaching institutes.

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But, are our children getting a well-rounded education? Are we building confident, balanced individuals for tomorrow, who seek out and achieve the limits of their excellence?

There are, of course, a few selected schools and parents who are able to provide a well-rounded exposure to their kids in terms of learning new life skills, hands-on camps or workshops, competitive sports and activities geared towards experiential learning. But, for the majority of other students, life is fairly one dimensional with not many mechanisms to develop their individual personality or even avenues to cope with academic stress. In addition, the combination of stress and lifestyle choices today could leave our children more prone to health issues than possibly their previous generation. Rapid urbanization, proliferation of Internet and increased used of transport have caused global changes in physical activity. A third of the people across the world do not even meet the minimum daily requirement of 30 minutes of moderate to intense physical activity.

Outdoor activities help kids stay fit and active which will benefit them in the long run. Besides, when they play with other kids outdoors, they learn to be more cordial and they try to work well in groups, which helps them develop qualities like leadership and co-operation. A simple change such as adding a 30-minute cycling or once a quarter trekking excursion can lead to positive impact on children. Such activities, along with a well-balanced nutrition diet, will assist in overall physical, emotional and social development in kids.

Every child and adult have their own view, and rightly so, of how they want to shape the future of today’s youth. No matter what their vision is, there is no denying that we all want our children to overcome challenges and achieve the pinnacle of their personal best. The best we can do to prepare our youth today is to make their body and mind fit to successfully run the marathon called life.

About the Author:

Bhaven is co-founder of Hundred Cubs, an outdoor lifestyle network. Hundred Cubs promotes physical activities in natural settings with focus on experiential learning and fitness. Hundred Cubs programs and online tools are geared towards personal development, team camaraderie and fitness focus. Prior to starting Hundred Cubs, Bhaven was a Deputy General Manager at WaterHealth International – India. In the past 15 years, Bhaven has held many management positions in the corporate sector primarily in the USA. He has an MBA from UC Berkeley and M.S. in Computer Science from Ball State University, Indiana. Bhaven can be reached at bhaven@hundredcubs.com.

About Learnhive: 

Learnhive is a leading provider of technology based learning solutions for K12 students, parents, and tutors. Our goal is to make curriculum based learning more effective and fun. We specialize in providing after school learning solutions for students and parents. Our flagship product, Personal Concept Tutor™ gives students the flexibility to learn concepts at their own pace using a wide variety of materials and resources suited for their individual needs. Our technology is compatible with multiple device formats such as desktops, laptops, tablets and smart phones to make learning more fun, interactive and available to students anywhere and at anytime. Signup for free to access the learning materials (lessons and exercises).

How can I give more freedom to my child?

By Ranjani Sastry,

How can I give more freedom to my child?

As parents, we expect our children to share their innermost feelings, their joys and their disappointments with us. But more often than not, as our children get into their teen years, we realize that they may not be upfront with what they are up to. They may want to share more with their friends than with you or they may get more introverted.

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Is it possible that they are behaving so because you haven’t given them enough freedom? Perhaps, they are afraid that you may disapprove of their choices or their friends. Perhaps they are hesitant of being judged by you. If so, it is time to change track in your parenting style.

Being a parent means walking a fine line between being your child’s best friend and confidante and at the same time gently guiding them towards making prudent decisions and following a righteous path.  We definitely want them to confide in us more than anything else, at the same, they should still look up to us as a parent and a role model.

Coming back to your point though…  Are your children not confiding in you completely? My answer to that is “let it be”. Even you do not share everything about yourself with them or with the world. Being a parent is an evolving role. A child needs a different kind of parent at every age. When she is a mere baby, she needs us to feed her, clothe her and soothe her when she needs to sleep. As she gets into toddler-hood and early childhood, she needs our fingers to hold on to as she learns to walk, she needs a shoulder to rest her head on when she is tired, to teach her right from wrong. As your child gets into her teenage years, though she may not ask for it openly, she needs our help as a parent to grow into a mature and confident individual.

First understand that textbook concepts do not work with parenting. You need to be spontaneous and go with the flow. There is no right or wrong style of parenting. You need to be attuned to your child’s verbal or non-verbal cues to gauge what your child needs from you.

Be open to forgiving your child for their missteps. Sometimes you will see your child making a mistake. You may advise them against it but they may not listen. Understand it and accept it that they need to make that mistake to learn a lesson that they will never forget. Let your child know that you will always love her and she can always come back to you. When your child was first learning to walk, she may have fallen and hurt herself several times till she got a hang of it. Just like you picked her up when she fell down, kissed her bruised knees and encouraged her to try one more time, you need to be there for her when she falters in her teen years.

Moral of the story: if you are happy and comfortable in your shoes, as a parent, your child will open up to you on her own.

About the Author:

Ranjani Sastry has done her graduation in Psychology and diploma in Counseling and skills. Currently, Ranjani is pursuing her Masters in Public administration. She is a co-founder and an active member of ‘Satori-let’s not yawn’*, a multilingual literary club based in Ahmedabad. She expresses her passion and compassion through reading, writing and involving herself in areas where she can contribute to personal growth. Her friends describe her as ‘if you meet her you will find someone who thinks out of the box and ideas galore’. Presently she is reading ‘I have a Dream’ by Ranshmi Bansal.

 About Learnhive: 

Learnhive is a leading provider of technology based learning solutions for K12 students, parents, and tutors. Our goal is to make curriculum based learning more effective and fun. We specialize in providing after school learning solutions for students and parents. Our flagship product, Personal Concept Tutor™ gives students the flexibility to learn concepts at their own pace using a wide variety of materials and resources suited for their individual needs. Our technology is compatible with multiple device formats such as desktops, laptops, tablets and smart phones to make learning more fun, interactive and available to students anywhere and at anytime. Signup for free to access the learning materials (lessons and exercises).

5 frequently asked questions about reading answered

By Captain Unni Krishnan,

Reading is a dying habit among the current generation of youth and is a matter of concern. I thought I would highlight the benefits of reading in a Q&A approach with the aim to not only influence a few more people to read but also motivate them to get their children to start reading.

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1. How does reading influence a person?

Reading influences a persons speaking and writing abilities and more importantly has a great bearing on the personality as a whole because – Reading improves awareness on varied topics and in any gathering helps interact on a larger spectrum of issues.

2. What is the ideal age to start reading?

Reading is a habit and the earlier you start the better it is. The best way is for a mother to regularly start reading aloud to a little baby and then slowly grow this to sessions where both read together. As a family if you can have reading time that would be ideal. It is never too early nor too late to start reading. Of course it is easier to start reading when you are young and as you grow older you need more push.

3. How does reading benefit?

Some of the long term benefits are if you are person who reads, you will never be bored, as a book is a friend that can always be with you, it builds your self esteem because you are considered a resource person within your group. Reading is an active mental process and it is said that if you are mentally active you can stay away from Alzheimer; well then it is a great incentive.

4. Why should a child take up reading?

Among children reading can be of great help, it helps improve their vocabulary as they are exposed to so many new words and its different usage, it improves their concentration and focus, it improves their memory and above all improves their visualization – when you read a book you visualize a scene your way and when you see a movie you see it depicted as visualized by someone else.

5. Is there an age by when it is too late to start reading?

It is never late to start or improve your reading habit but an important aspect in this regard is to be serious about. Have a schedule or an allotted time every day that must be religiously followed for reading if you can have a common time as a family when everyone is reading then it is the best.

One interesting method suggested is what is called DEAR – which stands for Drop Everything And Read. You can follow this at home or office or anywhere else: set an alarm and whenever the alarm goes off stop whatever you are doing pick up a book and read. You can read for 15 minutes, 30 minutes or even an hour depending on the time you have.  You can even have more than one such slot every day or 2 slots on holidays and Sundays during vacations and so on..  You can add incentives and penalties to it. The options are plenty DEAR can be as creative as you want it to be the aim is to promote reading.

If you have been reading keep doing if not start now. Wishing all of you Happy reading.

About the Author:

Captain Unni Krishnan is a Founder and Director of LearnHive; he is also the Founder and Managing Trustee of Primus Public School, Bangalore. Prior to that he was the Founder and Trustee of Indus International School. At Primus, he has been instrumental in implementation of new teaching pedagogies. He has seamlessly integrated the International and Indian syllabi to help prepare students for higher studies both in India and Overseas. Capt. is a ‘Sword of Honor’ from the prestigious Officers Training Academy of the Indian Army.

About Learnhive: 

Learnhive is a leading provider of technology based learning solutions for K12 students, parents, and tutors. Our goal is to make curriculum based learning more effective and fun. We specialize in providing after school learning solutions for students and parents. Our flagship product, Personal Concept Tutor™ gives students the flexibility to learn concepts at their own pace using a wide variety of materials and resources suited for their individual needs. Our technology is compatible with multiple device formats such as desktops, laptops, tablets and smart phones to make learning more fun, interactive and available to students anywhere and at anytime. Signup for free to access the learning materials (lessons and exercises).

Secrets to nurturing a lifelong love for reading

By Deepa Vaidya,

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go” – Dr. Seuss.

Over the years, there have been numerous studies that have highlighted the importance of reading to children. We all know and agree that children who read are more likely to do well in academics.

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They have better communication skills, a larger vocabulary, sharper logical thinking skills and better communication skills. In this fast paced world though, children are constantly performing a balancing act between completing their homework on time, participating in co-curricular activities like sports and studying for ongoing evaluations. How do we then as parents, kindle a love for reading? Both me and my children are avid readers. Here are a few tricks that I have tried successfully:

  1. Read to your children early and as often as you can: It is never too early to introduce a child to the world of books. Even babies and toddlers enjoy watching you read picture books and pop-up books. My youngest one who is under a year old loves staring at bright coloured picture books and sometimes chomp down on those. It is never too early to start!
  2. Start off with simple books: For early readers, you can introduce books by Eric Carle, Margaret Wise Brown and Dr Seuss. These books have simple rhyming words that children love. Initially you will have to read to them. As your children get older, you can alternately read a page and ask them to read the next. Before you know it, your children will be reading the book cover-to-cover.
  3. Let children choose: As you read more and more books, your children may show preferences for certain books or a certain genre. Introduce them to a large selection, but let them lead the way. Maybe they have a favourite character that they like to read about or maybe they like a particular author’s style of writing. There is no right or wrong book to read.
  4. Incorporate reading into your daily schedule: Leave aside a certain time of the day where you want your kids to read. In my house, reading is part of our bedtime routine. After the kids are ready for bed, they like to cuddle with a book and fall asleep. This is also an excellent activity to calm them down before bedtime.
  5. Minimize time spent in front of television: There is a reason why the television is called an ‘Idiot box’. Watching television is a passive activity. Because books convey information through the written word without the benefit of tone, inflection and director’s opinions, they depend heavily on the reader’s imagination. Television on the other hand provides you with the story, already carved out as per the director’s imagination and edited for brevity. The first time my children saw the Harry Potter series on celluloid, they were surprised by how much of the story had been edited to fit into the stipulated movie time. Much of JK Rowling’s rich prose and subtle details had been lost in transforming the books into movies.
  6. Be patient: If initially your children do not take to reading right away, do not lose heart. Keep trying out different genres or different authors. Persistence always pays and your children will eventually like a certain author that they want to read over and over.
  7. Join a library: If you have a public library that you can go to, make it a habit to visit it every few days. You can also join your neighbourhood lending library or avail of the library in your child’s school. We have seen some of the methods by which you can nurture the reading habit in your children. Books have the power to benefit your children in a myriad of ways. Therefore, as a parent, fostering a love of reading in your child can provide a foundation for academic excellence.
What are your suggestions to cultivate the love for reading?

References:

  1. http://www.earlymoments.org/why-reading-to-children-is-important/
  2. http://tomrubenoff.hubpages.com/hub/Television-or-Book/

About the Author:

Deepa is a mother of 3 children. She has a Master’s degree in Information Sciences from Stevens Institute of Technology, New Jersey. She is currently on a sabbatical from her career in software development and taking care of her 8 month old. She has just finished reading the Hunger Games series with her older twins and has embarked on reading Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru’s epic Discovery of India with them.

 About Learnhive: 

Learnhive is a leading provider of technology based learning solutions for K12 students, parents, and tutors. Our goal is to make curriculum based learning more effective and fun. We specialize in providing after school learning solutions for students and parents. Our flagship product, Personal Concept Tutor™ gives students the flexibility to learn concepts at their own pace using a wide variety of materials and resources suited for their individual needs. Our technology is compatible with multiple device formats such as desktops, laptops, tablets and smart phones to make learning more fun, interactive and available to students anywhere and at anytime. Signup for free to access the learning materials (lessons and exercises).

10 activities to engage with your kids in

By Tajinder Singh

I want to share how parents can get passionately involved and engaged in various sports and activities that their kids enjoy doing. This is a follow-up to my previous blog on ‘How involved are you in your kid’s education’

Here are some edutainment activities you can do with your kids – some we have enjoyed doing at home with our 2 kids, and there are others that I know, are avidly done by some of my friends and families. And often some friendly competition with your kids, in some of these activities, can spice up the excitement.

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  1. Picture puzzle boards – you can get various difficulty levels for various age groups, plus there is a collective sense of achievement (and sometimes relief)
  2. Treasure hunt – good one to organize inside (or outside) your home. Sometimes include your neighbour’s kids and their house too!
  3. Building blocks – works well with kids in the 3-7 years age group.
  4. Plant an indoor house-plant – for the nature-inclined kids. A moneyplant is easy to grow and maintain.
  5. Wash your car or motorbike together on summer day – Usually anything with water is fun, and you have a shining car/bike at the end.
  6. Bead-work – Girls more inclined towards this and you can get the GrandMa involved too.
  7. Go on a bicycle ride with your kid(s) – Make sure there is enough open space or the side roads are not busy.
  8. Dance at home – find songs that you both like and the tune is easy to dance with. Exercise and have fun at the same time.
  9. Play tag – never goes out in style with younger kids.
  10. Do you have something that you enjoy doing the most with your kids? Please post here.

About the Author:

Tajinder Singh Sidhu is a Founder and Director at Learnhive. He has over 20 years of experience in various leadership roles designing and managing complex technology solutions. Prior to Learnhive, he worked for over 14 years at Goldman Sachs in New York. He holds a BTech degree in Computer Science & Engg from IIT, Delhi, and a Master’s in Computer Science from College of William & Mary, Virginia. He has taught students as part of the NSS scheme in India, and currently is a teacher with the Literacy Volunteers of America.

About Learnhive: 

Learnhive is a leading provider of technology based learning solutions for K12 students, parents, and tutors. Our goal is to make curriculum based learning more effective and fun. We specialize in providing after school learning solutions for students and parents. Our flagship product, Personal Concept Tutor™ gives students the flexibility to learn concepts at their own pace using a wide variety of materials and resources suited for their individual needs. Our technology is compatible with multiple device formats such as desktops, laptops, tablets and smart phones to make learning more fun, interactive and available to students anywhere and at anytime. Signup for free to access the learning materials (lessons and exercises).

How involved are you in your kid’s education?

By Tajinder Singh

Do you know which subjects your kid is taking at school? Do you know which of them your kid loves the most? Do you know the name of your kid’s best friend in school?

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School going kids spend 60-70% of their waking hours, including the weekends and holidays, outside of their school. Time and again it has been seen, the more the parents gets involved with their kid’s education and school, the better their school results have been. The parent’s active involvement helps in emphasizing in the kid’s mind, that the home and school are inter-connected.

There are several ways you can get involved. As my wife and I go about parenting our 2 kids, who are in the 10th and 7th class, here are few tips (that we got from others) that are working for us.

Show consistent interest in what they are doing in school. We continue to learn a thing or two from our kids or sometimes have a good laugh, when they come home excited to tell what happened in school today. This conveys to them that you value what is happening in school.

Get passionate and learn up about any sport, activity, hobby that your kid is crazy about, and participate whole heartedly in it. Yes, it can be an online/video game too! The enthusiasm and camaraderie that you will build here will help you have better conversations around their learning and education.

Sometimes, have conversations with them on what they don’t like about their school education or what worries them. It will identify issues that you might be in a position to help and fix. However, be mindful that there will be some lame excuses here!

And of course, visit their school regularly, especially when they are participating in any school activity or sport. That goes a long way in boosting their confidence.

So how are you involved? Do share your thoughts, and we would love to learn from your tips.

About the Author:

Tajinder Singh Sidhu is a Founder and Director at Learnhive. He has over 20 years of experience in various leadership roles designing and managing complex technology solutions. Prior to Learnhive, he worked for over 14 years at Goldman Sachs in New York. He holds a BTech degree in Computer Science & Engg from IIT, Delhi, and a Master’s in Computer Science from College of William & Mary, Virginia. He has taught students as part of the NSS scheme in India, and currently is a volunteer teacher with the Literacy Volunteers of America.

About Learnhive: 

Learnhive is a leading provider of technology based learning solutions for K12 students, parents, and tutors. Our goal is to make curriculum based learning more effective and fun. We specialize in providing after school learning solutions for students and parents. Our flagship product, Personal Concept Tutor™ gives students the flexibility to learn concepts at their own pace using a wide variety of materials and resources suited for their individual needs. Our technology is compatible with multiple device formats such as desktops, laptops, tablets and smart phones to make learning more fun, interactive and available to students anywhere and at anytime. Signup for free to access the learning materials (lessons and exercises).