How to Improve Children Memory Power? Understanding the Fundamentals
By Andrew Loh
One of the major worries of parents around the world is how to
memory in their children. Many children fail to do well in their
classroom because of a lapse in the art of remembering their lessons.
Loss of memory is a serious issue for many children because it deprives
them of the right to score better and compete with their peers. Loss of
memory is potentially a dangerous malady that makes children lose
confidence and self-esteem.
According to Dictionary.com, the term Memory is ...."The mental
capacity or faculty of retaining and reviving facts, events,
impressions, etc., or of recalling or recognizing previous experiences".
Memory assists you know who you are. With memory, you can easily
recollect your experiences. It plays an important role in your life too.
The memory retention system is an intricate system. Your brain plays an
important role while retaining experiences. Certain sections in your
brain act like a cabinet. It will help you store information until you
want them for some purposes. In essence, memory retention is a great process. It is
also highly complicated. Memories in humans could be vibrant, long or
short, inaccurate, false or even image like.
Memory can be either long or short depending on the storage mechanism. Long-term
memory means continuing or ongoing storage of information and details.
In technical language, it could be either pre-conscious or un-conscious.
You can retrieve it when you need it the most because it lies outside
your sense of awareness. Some bits of information are easy to recall
while others are very difficult.
The time to which long-term memory occurs depends on the content of short-term memory.
With the right type of association and proper rehearsal, it is possible
to keep the memory for a very long time. However, long-term memory is
very easy to forget. There are two types of long-term memories -
declarative and procedural.
Declarative memory comes through active consciousness. For example,
specific events and general knowledge about the world around us belong
to this memory type. On the other hand, procedural memory works on body
movements and usage of patterns and objects in the nature around us. The
art of driving a car or riding a bike or using several objects belong to
this memory type.
On the contrary, short-term memory is the most
active memory in humans. It is also the primary memory. With it, you are
aware of information or details that you will be thinking about. This
memory is also of conscious type. In other words, this memory comes to
you by developing an attention to information available around you.
Short-term memory is very short and it lasts for just 30 seconds. It
could even be just a blink of an eye if you maintain it actively within
your conscious mind. If you attend to it in a proper way and try to keep
for more time, you can transfer it to the filing cabinet of your brain
that is the long-term memory. Your children can store up to four chunks,
bits or pieces of information in short-term memory.
It is very easy to create a distinction between short and long-term memories.
People often compare working and short-term memories and analyze their
benefits. However, you
should remember that working memory could store, index, organize and
manipulate information only temporarily. On the other hand, short-term
memory means temporary storage of information in the memory chest.
Some children show an inability to remember information learnt from
their classrooms. There are many reasons for forgetting information and
details from our brains. Here are some reasons why children forget
information from their brain:
Failure to retrieve information
At times, it might seem that a piece of
information suddenly disappears from your children's memory. It is also
possible that they just cannot recall that particular bit of
information. Children's failure to retrieve information is one of the
main reasons for forgetting and this could be due to genetic causes
inherited by children from the earlier generation.
Interference as a cause of forgetting
Interference theory is one of the reasons for forgetting. Within the brain, some
types of memories could compete and interfere with other types of
memories. If there is a similarity between two types of information, the
brain may not differentiate between them and the result is confusion.
Sometimes, old memories are very difficult to remember as the new ones
may interfere with them. Similarly, the old memories might mask new
memories, thus making retrieval very difficult.
Failure to store information
Long-term memory is a complicated process. At times, a piece of information might never be stored in the
cabinet of long-term memory. This will result in poor memory. Just
consider a basket of flowers. You might just remember the colors and
shades of all flowers present in the basket. However, you may fail to
remember the names of different flowers present in the basket.
Motivated forgetting or deliberate forgetting
Traumatic events or disturbing experiences may be the cause of loss of
memories in children. Accidents and injuries to brain might result in
repression that leads to complete loss of memory. Even after recovery,
the person who underwent recovery might not remember while the
memorizing process becomes very weak. On the other hand, people who
experience disturbing events like the news of death or a debilitating
spell of illness might consciously forget information. Such people have
poor memory process because of a suppressing effect.
Whatever the reasons are, parents should remember one thing - they should try
hard and use every other available technique or method to improve the
children memory power so that they get better grades and do
well in the classroom. Continue to read
How to Improve Children Memory Power? Some Simple Techniques.