Advise them to record themselves studying and play it over.
Hearing the content being said out loud is sometimes more helpful than reading it from a book, this will be especially helpful for your child if they are an auditory learner. If they record themselves saying the information out loud and have it on repeat, then they are more likely to remember it.
Advise them to write answers out repeatedly.
Some people find it useful to write out answers again and again – this means that they have practised writing the answer so many times that as soon as they see the question in the exam it triggers a response in the brain that allows them to remember exactly what they need to write. This may not work for all exams, but a lot of exams favour hitting key points so this technique can definitely come in handy.
Help them to try association.
Linking the content to visual cues can be incredibly useful for those who are visual learners – if your child uses colours and pictures in their notes then they can create images and maps in their head that they can later recall when needed. An example would be making a brainstorm with different key ideas in different colours so that they are easier to remember and count off rather than having a block of text that will be harder to visualise.
Remind your child to take breaks.
It’s crucial that your child takes breaks when studying, especially if they’re trying to memorise content as they can become at risk of forgetting everything. They should take time to exercise both their mind and body. Advise them to go outside and get some fresh ait by taking a scheduled walk every few hours. If they are cooped up at home they can become restless and stressed out.
Advise your child to make short, effective notes.
It’s far easier to revise and remember short and snappy notes over lengthy content heavy ones. When they are making notes advise your child to only include necessary information, this means condensing paragraphs into a few bullet points.
Make sure your child is sleeping well.
There have been multiple studies on the effect of sleep-deprivation and memory – ‘When we are sleep deprived, our focus, attention, and vigilance drift, making it more difficult to receive information’. Your child will not be in the optimum state to retain information if they haven’t slept enough. Remind your child that there is no point in them staying up and cramming when they’re most likely going to forget it all the following morning.
Advise your child to eat well.
There are countless websites that tell you which ‘brain foods’ are best to help your child study and recall information but a few of the common ones that pop up are; nuts, blueberries, fatty fish and green veggies – these foods have different benefits like antioxidant properties, Vitamin-E and high omega fatty acids which are all good for the brain.
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