Memorization tips

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Memorization tips

What do you do on those Mondays, when your child brings home what you know is going to be the inevitable list of vocabulary or spelling words, and you know there is going to be a test on Friday and know them by memory. Instead of the usual, wait until the last minute and do the struggles, take what we know from neuroscience about what makes memory stick. The glue is actively processing the information. That's the neuroplasticity. The growth of dendrites and synapses. Make it a positive experience from the start. So the first night with the list, instead of saying, "Let's memorize the first five words." Say, "Let's take the list, and you put it in any order that you want with the most pleasant at the top, down." Change the order of the list. The brain will then be fooled into thinking that there is something pleasant about these words. When the next night comes, the brain will be more attracted to the activity and the words will be more memorable because they are associated with something positive.

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After graduating Phi Beta Kappa as the first woman graduate from Williams College, Judy Willis attended UCLA School of Medicine where she was awarded her medical degree. She remained at UCLA and completed a medical residency and neurology residency, including chief residency. She practiced neurology for 15 years before returning to university to obtain her teaching credential and master's of education from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She then taught in elementary and middle school for 10 years.

Dr. Judy Willis is an authority on brain research and its applications regarding learning. With the unique background as a parent, neurologist, classroom teacher, and neuro-educator she writes extensively for parenting magazines and professional educational journals. Dr. Willis has written six books for parents and educators about applying brain research to parenting and teaching.

Dr. Willis is on the adjunct faculty of the Graduate School of Education, University of California and gives presentations to parents and educators nationally and internationally about how to help children learn joyfully and successfully. She is on the Board of Directors of the Hawn Foundation, dedicated to helping children improve academic performance and acquire vital social and emotional skills. In 2011, she was honored by Edutopia, as a “Big Thinker on Education”.

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