How to Improve Working Memory

A student's working memory is now reported in the research to highly correlate with academic success.  As a result, many professionals are anxious to learn ways to improve this skill. 

This collection offers a suite of Dr. Warren's publications that exercise and develop this skill:

What is Working Memory?

Working memory is a critical thinking skill that is often lacking for struggling students as well as those with executive functioning disorder and other learning disabilities such as dyslexia. Part of short-term memory that is concerned with immediate, conscious, perceptual and linguistic processing, working memory  utilizes a limited workspace to hold and manipulate information.  It also accesses past memories of relevant information while processing and completing a problem or activity. 

What are the Inner Components of Working Memory?

Individual differences in working memory capacity appear to arise from three components:

  • the ability to visualize, hold, and maintain information in primary memory
  • the ability to manipulate mental imagery
  • the ability to access and apply relevant information in long-term memory

Does Working Memory Impact Academic Achievement?

Working memory is thought to be one of the best indicators for academic success. As a result, the development of working memory is fundamental to helping students to be present and mindful while in the classroom. It also helps them to encode information as well as perform mental manipulations. To assist students, executive functioning activities, memory strategies, and other cognitive remedial exercises can be utilized to help to remediate and improve working memory capacity. The use of these educational materials is key to maximizing student potential.

What are Some Products that Can Strengthen Working Memory?

The working memory collection at Good Sensory Learning offers a listing of Dr. Warren's products that remediate or exercise working memory.