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.”