Thursday, July 29, 2010

Short Term Memory, Long Term Memory, and Effective Strategies

Some students have short term memory problems, and they lose the information shortly after they learn it. That is the "Here today, gone tomorrow" memory problem often seen in someone with a Learning Disability.

Those students usually need study techniques for inputting information into their brain, such as the following memory strategies:
*creating word lists
*having a set of back-up notes
*having copy of PowerPoints
*tape recorded lessons, especially on digital recorders that can be downloaded onto computers or MP3 players .

Some students have long-term memory problems. They can understand the information but have difficulty retrieving the information for tests. Those students need retrieval strategies such as the following techniques:

*hilighting small pieces of text
*different colored paper for certain topics and notes
*writing text on their own board by themselves
*studying ALOUD
*studying from word lists

Mixing and matching any of these strategies can be very effective

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