Memorizing Hint…In the Middle of the Night

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Just heard this memorizing hint, which probably isn't good for a younger child. But for high schoolers and college age kids - and their parents, it sounds very promising. If you have to memorize anything that can be put onto notecards, set a stack of the cards beside your alarm clock, and set the clock to go off in the middle of the night. When the alarm sounds, go through the cards very briefly, then go back to sleep. The person explaining this said that he learned it from a college professor, and that it really, really worked. What do you think? … [Read more...]

Focus Pocus – 100 Ways to Help Your Child Pay Attention

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Children with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder all have one thing in common - the inability to sustain and focus attention. But every child - ADHD or not - occasionally has problems staying on task and avoiding distraction. As parents and teachers - we try to conjure up ways to help them focus. As if they were magical spells, we say such things as, “Listen!” “Pay attention!” “Stop daydreaming!” “Think!” “FOCUS!” But the spells rarely work. To complicate things, once we find a trick that works, the magic wears off, and the clock strikes twelve. As a result, we are constantly … [Read more...]

Memorization Hint…

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The human mind remembers best the first and last things it encounters. This is why telephone numbers and social security numbers are hyphenated. When studying with your child, sometimes it helps to break the sessions into small sets of information, so there are more beginnings and ends. If you have 20 vocabulary words, for example, study the first five after school, the second set right before dinner, the third set after dinner, and the last before bed. Like this hint? Then you need to check out Memory Training for Students? For those of you that got the program, don't you love it? Write … [Read more...]

Demonic Mnemonics

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Sometimes the small things make all the difference. Like in memorization. My first introduction to the word Mnemonic came with the disclaimer that it was a 'demon' to pronounce. I never forgot that word. Nor will I ever forget the following devices, that I hope will help your child, too. The place values in the metric system: King Henry Doesn't Usually Drink Chocolate Milk or King Henry Died By Drinking Chocolate Milk Kilo Hecto Deka Unit (or Base) Deci Centi Milli Order of Operations: Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally Parentheses (and other symbols of inclusion); Exponents; … [Read more...]