What is Working Memory?
How Does a Weak Working Memory Impact Students?
- Reading comprehension
- Mental math
- Understanding social interactions
- Completing homework
- Planning and preparing for activities
- Solving multi-step directions
- Writing essays and reports
- Following a conversation
- Test preparation
- Turning in homework
- Following and participating in group discussions
What are Some Key Symptoms of Working Memory Difficulties?
- Trouble comprehending a story
- Difficulties memorizing math facts
- Problems making and keeping friends
- Requires many prompts to complete homework
- Forgets needed materials at home and at school
- Fails to follow all the directions and work is often incomplete
- Struggles with organizing ideas before writing and the finished product is often incomplete and messy
- Makes irrelevant comments and changes the topic of discussion
- Difficulties maintaining focus
- Misplaces things like pencils, notebooks, and homework
- Leaving studying for tests to the last minute
How Can Students Improve Working Memory?
Providing fun and engaging activities that require attention, mental manipulation, and following directions such as Red Light, Green Light, memory games and treasure hunts can help. However, ready-made activities that develop working memory activities can save preparation time. Come get some FREE SAMPLE ACTIVITIES.
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Dr. Erica Warren is the author, illustrator, and publisher of multisensory educational materials at Good Sensory Learning. She is also the director of Learning to Learn and Learning Specialist Courses.
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