There are many different learning styles that every teacher, tutor or lecturer needs to cater to whilst delivering a lesson. But no matter how many learning styles you try to cover, there are no guarantees when it comes to your students actually remembering what you’ve taught.
This can be frustrating for any kind of teacher and the thousands of questions that come from a student not being able to remember key facts can be disheartening, especially when evaluating the productivity of time spent in the classroom.
We all use a variety of strategies that can help us to remember things, but how can that be translated into learning?
Here are four tips that can help you teach something and make people remember it:
Make students interested
The key to keeping your students interested in learning/remembering key facts is to make them interested.
Studies have shown that the more interested a person is in their activities, the more they’ll remember. Richard Harries, professor of psychology at the Kansas State University, says that the ability of your brain doesn’t necessarily have an impact on your ability to remember things.
They tend to put more effort into their studies and in turn, have improved memory in that specific topic.
Children in particular are more likely to remember key facts when they’re engaged in their studies as they aren’t usually mentally stimulated by boring lessons, and in turn put minimal effort into remembering things.
Although it’s not always possible to teach a statistic-rich lesson in a fun and exciting way, sometimes it’s best to change the delivery of your teaching to make your students interested!
Keep it relatable
Along with making your students interested in the work they’re studying, it’s also a great ideal to keep the subjects relatable.
Relating the content you’re teaching into something your audience is familiar with works especially well with children and younger students.
Say you’re talking about fractions, for example – using a familiar object like a piece of cake can help the children to understand what you’re talking about; and because it’s related to something they already know, they’ll be more likely to be interested in it.
This can then help to improve their memory on the specific subject.
The best way to help students get more interested in their work is to encourage class participation.
Activities like creative content gathering sessions encourages the students to do their own thinking and researching – both of which are great for helping memory.
When a student has the time to research topics in their own way, they can cater to their own known learning style as they already know what works best for themselves.
We’ve previously discussed that less confident, introverted students can get lost in these kinds of brainstorming sessions, but our tips on getting them involved is bound to help with their remembrance of key facts and figures.
The memory is predominately visual, which is why using visual equipment is great for helping people remember information you’ve taught them.
Everybody uses visuals to remember things. Take your keys for example – you’ve put them down somewhere and seem to have lost them. The best way to remember where they are is to visualize where you saw them last.
This translates into learning too, as diagrams can help to visualize information that is generally hard to describe.
We know that teaching less popular subjects isn’t the easiest of tasks for a teacher, but we’re sure that our tips on helping your students to remember things you’ve taught can reduce the need to recap things you’ve already taught!