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how to make a child to memorise?

Discussion in 'Education & Personal Growth' started by mlalithabalu, Jun 25, 2010.

  1. mlalithabalu

    mlalithabalu Silver IL'ite

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    hai IL s,
    I am teaching for so many years.now one small girl of age 10 is coming for tuition.but she is not at all memorising even simple things.i am making her to read,tell and write 10 times.but also she is unable to memorise.by what method i can make her to learn things better?she does not bather about our love and affection.she is also not afraid of anything.myself and her parents are much worried.Please help.
    Thanks.
     
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  2. mstrue

    mstrue New IL'ite

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    Lalitha,

    Pls do not get me wrong.. Just out of concern thinking out aloud here.. Is memorization the only problem? How does she behave otherwise.. like her attention span, ability to complete a task, etc? Does she sit in one place quite for sometime? If she exhibits attention deficiency & is hyperactive, her parents may want to be sure if she does not fall under ADHD umbrella.. Sorry if I had hurt your/parents' feelings.. it is just out of goodwill I am saying this because early intervention makes a lot of difference.
     
  3. Gauri03

    Gauri03 Moderator Staff Member IL Hall of Fame

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    I don't think inability to memorize is the major issue here. It is a symptom of an underlying problem. Does the child understand what she is being taught? Without understanding, learning becomes very hard. How is the atmosphere at home? Is she an active child otherwise? Does she have any hobbies or activities that she enjoys doing? I think you need to spend some time figuring out what is preventing her from learning rather than trying to correct the child herself.

    Hope that helps!
     
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  4. BeeAmma

    BeeAmma Silver IL'ite

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    Hi Lalitha,
    Different kids learn differently so accordingly we should change our method of instruction.

    Presenting to Different Types of Learners

    If the kid is a visual learner, they drawing pictures will help her grasp the subject.
     
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    Vidya21 Senior IL'ite

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    Nice link BeeAmma.

    Not being able to memorize simple things might be from a couple of reasons. Don't blame the kid or get angry with her about "not bothering about the parents!"

    She might have learning issues - does she show problems reading or writing on her own? Is she able to say write an essay on her own if you give her a small easy topic? Or is she able to easily read and comprehend simple passages or is that an issue? If true, then giving her the material in different formats will be helpful. E.g. cue cards with pictures or something like BeeAmma suggested.

    Secondly, she might also have problems with working memory - its the memory scratch-board system that helps you remember what you need to do and in what order when you're handling many things at once. E.g. If you tell the kid to "go to a room and get the books she needs for the test" She will have problems focusing on what room she needs to get to, or what books she needs and what she can do with them - she will just appear confused. In that case, simplifying things for her like giving her step by step instructions, walking her through examples will help. Give her minimal information to process at any given time and don't overwhelm her with many new things at once.

    It might also be a good idea to get her vision and hearing tested - simply because if she has issues with those, she's going to lose interest in what goes on in school. Her not responding to you or her parents might just be a sort of defense mechanism of not bothering about her performance. It doesn't have to do with whether or not she loves them.

    Lastly, is she being bullied in school or something? Sometimes kids just shut down because they have other social or such problems in school. Check out with her friends etc on how things are going for her in school - does she have friends? Does she mix up with kids easily? What does she do during school breaks etc...

    A counselor might be able to run some batteries of tests on her and figure out what exactly might be the issues.
     
  6. mlalithabalu

    mlalithabalu Silver IL'ite

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    thanks for all the replies.
    she is active and good at all other aspects.i taught her using picture method and using images and powerpoint etc., she is not concentrating in her studies only.
    she is the child of related parents and late issue of them.so i found generation gap is there.
    but both the parents are well behaved,so no major issue there
    i also found she is interested in drawing.so from yesterday i asked he r mother to send for a drawing class.
    i am not expecting to memorise all the things.for the past two days (six hours)
    she is unable to memorise even a single linefrom a poem.
    it made me worry.if she tells one line she is forgetting the other line.
    they went for counsiling also.they told mere generation gap.
    In my 20 years of experience thi is th efirst time i am facing this problem.ok.thanks for advice.send me some more remedy if u ve.
     

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