Our brains love pictures. That's why we remember movies more easily than books. But even with books, as we recall passages, we can see the action pass before our eyes. The process of calling up images is called visualization and it's a wonderful tool for any number of activities. Olympic athletes use it to imagine the perfect race; Businessman use it to imagine getting a major contract; adults use it to imagine a peaceful and happy life.
Research has shown that you can improve any part of your life when you take the time to picture the result you desire. Well, why not use visualization to improve your child's memory? How? By harnessing the power of images to burn information into the brain so that they can recall it instantly.When your child sits down to commit things to memory, she needs to see what she's studying so that the brain can file it accordingly.
Let's take a look at how your child improve their memory using visualization starting today. 1- Learning vocabulary - When she sits down to study for a vocabulary quiz, she needs to see the word in action. In fact, she needs to include herself in the action. So, have your child create a scene where the word is being used. This is visualization.
The fact that she's in the image makes it even stronger and easier for the brain to hold on to the meaning. 2- Studying for a history test - When it's time for a history test, visualization is perfect. Your child can take the information and begin to create a funny and memorable story that includes all the important points.
The story needs to have a lot of details and can include friends, enemies, you name it. The idea is to give the brain a picture so that it can file the story, and the important points she needs to remember. 3- Remembering formulas or procedures - Another great way to take advantage of visualization. Your child can close her eyes and see herself completing the steps successfully, one after another, so that when the real time comes she can perform the task perfectly. There is no age for this technique either. Your child can develop this skill now and be a master in no time at all.
Then, later, when the demands for memory skills increase, she'll be light-years ahead of her classmates. Visualization is a powerful tool for any student and the more it's used and practiced, the stronger it becomes. Think about it the next time you're wondering how to improve your child's memory.
Jim Sarris is a veteran teacher and author of two books on improving memory: Comic Mnemonics for Spanish Verbs and Memory Skills Made Easy, a book/DVD that helps kids remember more of what they study. No struggles, no hassles, no headaches. For a free report and more information, visit Improve your child's memory.