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Learning to Remember

How good is your memory? Not great?

Well, according to Mr Alan Pritchard, NAIS Pudong EAL and English teacher and memory coach, anyone can have a good memory – it’s just a matter of using the right tools and techniques.

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Of course, memory and recall are important parts of students’ preparation for examinations and, on Thursday 14th April, Mr Pritchard led and informative and entertaining workshop for parents of our current Year 11 and 13 who are sitting their IGCSE and IB examinations this term. Armed with nothing but their brains, and with mobile phones turned off, the parents spent two hours learning how to assist their children to make the most of revision time to get great results.

Mr Pritchard began by looking at the importance of productive revision to students’ performance at exam time, citing some amusing examples of ineffective methods. His own method looked at useful tools for recall, including using key words, hooks and mind-maps.

From the outset, he was confident the attending parents would be able to use the skills he was teaching to recall all of the information he was delivering, and a series of quizzes throughout the morning proved him correct.

While the technique was the focus of the session, Mr Pritchard also highlighted how important sleep and diet are to students’ performance at school, and particularly during exam time, once again using memory recall techniques to get his message across.

Here is what some of the parents had to say about the workshop:

“A big thanks to Mr Pritchard. Today was an entertaining and informative session for parents. Not only did I learn some new tricks myself but I had fun at the same time. I hope my three children use these techniques and, if they don’t, I’ll be able to help them now.”

“What a wonderful talk about how we can help our children to cope with their learning. To learn to remember, is a strategic and useful tool that may enable them at any point of their studies to focus and even to enjoy them at their most. Thank you so much for the opportunity!”

“It really surprised me how much I could recall using Mr Pritchard’s techniques. It was very interesting to learn more about how to use our brains more efficiently.”

“A big thank you for an inspiring and educational talk!”

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