These tips are focused on a classroom, but may be easily modified for social and family scenarios:
- Draw or create vivid pictures depicting information that needs to be memorized.
- Teach memory strategies, such as popular mnemonics like HOMES (the Great Lakes: Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, and Superior)
- Create acrostics or whole sentences. A long-time favorite is ‚ÄúEvery Good Boy Does Fine‚Äù to recall the sequence of lines in the treble clef (EGBDF).
- Try melody and rhythm to teach a series or sequence. Some old-school examples include memorizing multiplication tables and US presidents.
- Use songs specially created to teach grade-level content. Musically Aligned creates music and lyrics geared to teach specific topics.
- Immediately following the lesson or conversation, ask the person to list the things they remember.
Our team of 7 psychologists often provides suggestions like these and others for children, teens and young adults diagnosed with attention difficulties and/or learning disabilities during psychoeducational assessments. Learn more about these services here.