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Why Working Memory Matters for Students

Working memory is like a mental jotting pad and how good this is in someone will either ease their path to learning or seriously prevent them from learning.

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Types of Memory: Visual, Auditory, Sensory, Working, Short- & Long-term

Scientists now know that memory actually takes many different forms. Memory is not an “all-or-none” process; it is clear that there are actually many kinds of memory, each of which may be somewhat independent of the others. Here are a few...

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Working Memory: Definition, Importance, Research, Overcoming Deficits

Working memory is the ability to hold information in your head and manipulate it mentally. To solve an arithmetic problem like (3 X 3) + (4 X 2) in your head, for example, you need to keep the intermediate results in mind (i.e., 3 X 3 = 9) to be able to solve the entire problem. The distinction between short-term memory and working memory is an ongoing debate, as the terms are often used interchangeably. 

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7 Reasons Why Working Memory Is Important

Working memory is key to learning. How good this is in someone will either ease their path to learning or seriously prevent them from learning. Here are seven ways children use working memory to learn.

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4 Ways to Improve Your Child’s Working Memory

Working memory is increasingly recognized as a crucial cognitive skill and by improving our working memory we may be able to realise gains in key areas, from school to work to retirement. Here are a few ways to improve your child's (or you own) working memory.

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Poor Working Memory Impedes Academic Success

According to researchers from Durham University, who surveyed over three thousand children, children who underachieve at school may just have poor working memory rather than low intelligence. They found that ten percent of schoolchildren across all age ranges suffer from poor working memory seriously affecting their learning.

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The Role of Working Memory in Reading

The term working memory was coined in the 1970s by two researchers named Baddeley and Hitch, referring to the ability to temporarily hold several facts or thoughts in memory while solving a problem or performing a task. An important and consistent finding is that working memory problems interfere with reading comprehension.

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Memory Fundamental to Reading, Spelling and Learning

Although the word memory may conjure up an image of a singular, "all-or-none" process, it is clear that there are actually many kinds of memory: sensory register, short-term memory, long-term memory, visual memory, auditory memory, and sequential memory, to name but a few.

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Bilingual Kids Have Better ‘Working Memory’ than Monolingual Kids

A study conducted at the University of Granada and the University of York in Toronto, Canada, has revealed that bilingual children develop a better working memory — which holds, processes and updates information over short periods of time — than monolingual children.

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How the Brain Keeps Track of What We’re Doing

"Working memory" is what we have to keep track of things moment to moment: driving on a highway and focusing on the vehicles around us, then forgetting them as we move on; remembering all the names at the dinner party while conversing with one person about her job.

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