Instructional and Environmental Strategies for All Learners - Challenges with Memory/Recall (Updated July 2020)

Challenges with Memory/Recall
  • Provide multiple opportunities for practice in different formats. 
  • Use flashcards for individual or group review.
  • Use songs, rhymes, or rhythms to help remember information.
  • Chunk pieces of information together. (For example have students learn the number facts in sets of three). 
  • Use acronyms to remember words or phrases. 
  • Use mnemonics to remember sequenced steps. 
  • Help students remember items of a list by visualizing that each is "located" at a different place in a familiar room (for instance to remember 3 shapes that are quadrilaterals, a student might visualize a square on the bed, a rectangle on the dresser, and a parallelogram on the desk). 
  • Use semantic maps and diagrams to help students remember the connections between concepts. 
  • Re-teach item of information as often as possible, varying the approach a little each time. 
  • Maximize the student's potential for success by providing a balance of visual and auditory stimuli in your teaching. 
  • Teach students to use self-questioning techniques. 
  • Play memory games. 
  • Provide the student with a written out schedule of classroom routines and timelines. 
  • Allow the student to trace over geometric shapes and other important visual patterns during visually presented lessons.
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