Over the years I’ve worked with both children and their parents to harness the power of memory techniques to learn and perform better in daily life.
Some of these children have had severe learning difficulties such as ADHD and Dyslexia. With the power of memory techniques and strategic approach to their learning, they have achieved a greater sense of accomplishment and confidence to take on the world.
The question I generally get asked by parents is at what age should my child learn memory techniques? So below is a quick guide I’ve devised to help parents understand what can be achieved at various age levels.
Please note, this is by no means scientific. It is just a guide from my own personal experience working with parents and their children for close to twenty years.
3 to 5 – Imaginative storytelling
Storytelling is a core component of memorisation. Start this at a young age to build their mental connection strength.
6 to 8 – Basic Mind Mapping, linking & association
Mind Mapping assists with organisation of basic information which makes it simpler to recall. Linking provides them first point of memory connection and builds strength of long and short-term retention.
9 to 11 – Intermediate Mind Mapping and visualisation of reading
At this age children are able to Mind Map concepts in a book at their level and start forming mental patterns of encoding abstract data when reading.
12 to 14 – Major System, speed reading, Memory Palace
By this age children would have developed a higher threshold for concentration and focus which makes learning and implementing techniques such as the Major System, speed reading and memory palace a lot easier.
15 and above – Advanced learning and problem solving
By this age the child should be able to take advantage of all techniques such as memory palace, linking & association, and implement that cohesively to their studies.
The more they utilise memory skills the more enhanced their creativity, problem solving and decision-making capabilities become. By this stage the child has also gained massive confidence in their learning ability and can work independently to complete tasks successfully.