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3 Reasons Why Your Child Needs Strong Memory Skills
Being able to memorize is one of the best tools a child can have in their educational toolkit. The author gives parents three reasons why they need to help them develop strong memory skills.
For some kids it causes frustration. For others it causes despair. And for others it is plain hopeless. What ever the circumstances, there is one important thing to know about memorizing. Your child needs to be good at it if they want to succeed in school. And the sooner they begin learning how to memorize, the better. Besides the fact they are developing a skill that is used in every class every day, they are separating themselves from other students that aren't aware of the importance of memory skills. Most kids just wing it when it's time to study for tests or prepare presentations. If they remember some of the information they studied the night before, they're happy. But your child doesn't need to settle for that approach. Here are some reasons why you need to help them develop strong memory skills. Skills that can make a dramatic difference in their learning almost immediately. Reason #1 - Helps to eliminate learning deficiencies. According to Dr. Mel Levine, founder of All Kinds of Minds, an institute dedicated to helping children learn, many learning problems can be traced to an inability to memorize. For example, math problems occur because a child can't remember the steps to a formula. English problems crop up when a child can't remember important points to make in an essay. Science problems arise when a child can remember the procedures to an experiment. Strengthening memory skills is one of the solutions Dr. Levine and others propose. Reason #2 - Develops self confidence. If your child is able to memorize more easily than others, they feel like a million bucks. They aren't afraid to study and they look forward to showing what they remember in class. When they have an effective system for remembering information, they feel less stress at test time and get better grades. They're calm and relaxed...the perfect mental state to do well in big moments. Reason #3 - Allows time to build critical thinking skills. It is never too early to begin thinking about the material you're studying. In fact, it's clear that the earlier any habit is formed the stronger it gets over time. When your child is able to remember, retain and recall information easily, they have more time to think about what they're studying. While others are fighting to remember important points to include on a test, your child has the points memorized. All that's left is to put them down on paper in a logical fashion. In summary, don't take memory training lightly. It is not as difficult as it sounds. And once your child learns just a few techniques, they'll begin developing a powerful memory that will make a dramatic difference in their education.