The Ex­pert:

Simply Her (Singapore) - - Bookends Event -

Alan Yip, master trainer

and founder of Mind Edge learn­ing


Tap into their learn­ing style

Use the VAK (Visual, Au­di­tory and Ki­naes­thetic) method to op­ti­mise the way your chil­dren’s brains learn, le says Alan. “For ex­am­ple, if they’re visual learn­ers, let le them cre­ate their own Pow­erpoint slides; if they pre­fer lis­ten­ing lis to lec­tures rather than read­ing text­books, have them th record their class­room notes to play back later; and ki­naes­thetic kin learn­ers pick things up by do­ing – writ­ing their own notes or spell­ing out words with their fin­gers in the air.

A Ac­ti­vate their senses

N Next time you take Ju­nior to the park, zoo or mu­seum, get him to ob­serve ev­ery­thing he sees, hears, touches, tastes and feels dur­ing the trip. When you re­turn home, ask him to write down ev­ery­thing he re­mem­bers about the out­ing.

“Jog his mem­ory with ques­tions like: ‘Did you see or hear any­thing in­ter­est­ing?’ By us­ing his senses, your child is sharp­en­ing his ob­ser­va­tion and mem­ory skills. If he re­mem­bers some­thing wrongly, don’t cor­rect him – be­cause that would make it like a test,” Alan points out.

Ex­er­cise their speed-re­call skills

In­stead of jumping im­me­di­ately into their text­books, ask your kids to do a mind map of the key points about the topic they’ve stud­ied pre­vi­ously, in one minute. “This pre­pares them for speed-think­ing un­der exam con­di­tions; it also acts as ‘fish hooks’ that trig­ger and reel in rel­e­vant prior knowl­edge quickly,” ad­vises Alan.

Turn knowl­edge into long-term mem­ory

Ac­cord­ing to Alan, after you learn some­thing, you will lose about 60-80 per cent of the in­for­ma­tion within 24 hours. “Have your kids write down the key points of a topic on flash cards and re­view them in this or­der: one hour after learn­ing, one day later, one month later and six months later. This is cru­cial for trans­fer­ring in­for­ma­tion from the work­ing mem­ory to the longterm mem­ory.”

kids to de­velop a good, strong pos­ture by get­ting them to read aloud to you while stand­ing up. Prac­tise this for five min­utes ev­ery night. Over time, you should see a dif­fer­ence in the way they carry them­selves. >> RE­VERSE PSY­CHOL­OGY DOESN’T AL­WAYS WORK Par­ents some­times spur their kids on with chal­lenges like: “If you’re so good in your stud­ies, prove it to me.” But Alan says this means that your chil­dren are con­stantly in “sur­vival mode”, be­liev­ing that they’ll only be loved and ac­cepted if they do well.

“How can chil­dren have the con­fi­dence and mo­ti­va­tion to try if they’re al­ways doubt­ing them­selves? You want to help them thrive, so cre­ate an en­vi­ron­ment in which your kids feel se­cure, loved and ac­cepted, no mat­ter what. That way, they’ll be more will­ing to try harder.”

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