CULTIVATING and nurturing effective memory skills are important whether one is a child at school or a working adult.
With this in mind, specialist education group The LearningHub Asia has embarked on an outreach programme called MemoryMania! to equip upper secondary students with memory techniques that can help them in their studies.
“Research shows that almost 60% of what you learn now will be forgotten within 24 hours if no conscious effort is made to remember it,” said Thila Batumalai, a learning specialist and facilitator at The LearningHub Asia.
Stressing that developing memory skills is more than just memorising, Batumalai said it was about understanding and associating what one has learnt.
The programme was developed by the company in collaboration with overseas experts and is based on research that shows how the brain “comprehends” information and the science behind memory retention.
Each 90-minute session conducted included games and activities that encouraged active interaction amongst students.
Each student also received a workbook that contained useful tips on memory retention.
SMK Tengku Ampuan Jemaah, Klang student See Ming Wan felt the memory enhancement tips shared were effective.
“This will definitely come in handy when I’m studying for exams,” said Ming Wan.
“It was not just the students who learned something new, our teachers also walked away with new ideas,” said SMK Convent Klang teacher Sov Govry Soundrapandian.
Sponsored by Brickfields Asia College, the programme which began last July has been conducted in over 60 schools to date, benefiting an estimated 10,000 students from Forms Four to Six.
Batumalai said the plan was to reach out to more than 100 schools by the end of April.
The STAR Online Education Sunday 17 Mar 2013