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The Secrets to Raising a Smarter Child
- By Inderbir Sandhu, Ph.D


~ B R A I N Y - Z I N E ~

" Learn How to Nurture A Smarter Kid "

Volume #11   Issue #23

ISSN: 0219-7642    Apr 28, 2013

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All children are different in their mental abilities and learning potentials. Some of them are very versatile and prudent in learning while others may fare very badly in their classroom. What differentiates a very good and highly scholastic child from the other who finds learning and memorizing very arduous and difficult? Most child psychologists and academicians agree on one common issue - that children usually fail or excel depending on their memory power and later retrieval. In other words, all scholastic children perform very well in memory techniques, memory retention and retrieval.

Hundreds of different concepts and theories are available to define memory, their retention and retrieval. One such technique is the “Rule of Seven” which we covered in detail in this fortnight's newsletter. It is a simple, yet practical technique to learn in an effective manner. It is very powerful too. Most people who excel in memory techniques use mental imagery, representation and partitioning of available information into smaller chunks (usually five to nine) to index and streamline them.

Memory boosting in children could be very easy provided the right type of technique is learnt and mastered. The “Rule of Seven” is one such example for effective working memory retention technique. Learning could be effective and fun-filled with this method. All the best.

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"Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else." - Les Brown

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Feature Articles

What is “The Rule of Seven”? - Applying it to Enhance Working Memory in Children
Human memory is an enigmatic phenomenon. It is mysterious too. Working memory is basic to learning and achieving scholastic excellence. Click to learn more.

“The Rule of Seven” - Practical Applications to Boost Working Memory
The "Rule of Seven" is an effective method to streamline and organize learning by memory. It is also an effective way to enhance working memory. Read the article to learn more.

Brainy Products

Improving Working Memory: Supporting Students' Learning
By Tracy Packiam Alloway

Your working memory is the information your brain stores for a short period of time, it is your brain's post-it note if you like, and how much information you can remember has a huge influence on how well you do at school, and beyond. By understanding a child's working memory, you will be able to support their learning at school, and their concentration. Better working memory can be particularly useful to children with conditions where poor working memory is thought to be an underlying factor.

This book explains how to spot problems early, and how to work with children to improve their working memory, therefore increasing their chances of success in the classroom. It also explains the theory behind working memory. Underpinned by rigorous research and written in a highly accessible style, this book will appeal to practitioners, parents and students as an essential guide to helping their students fulfil their maximum potential.


The Development of Working Memory in Children (Discoveries & Explanations in Child Development)
By Lucy Henry

Using the highly influential working memory framework as a guide, this textbook provides a clear comparison of the memory development of typically developing children with that of atypical children. The emphasis on explaining methodology throughout the book gives students a real understanding about the way experiments are carried out and how to critically evaluate experimental research.

Working memory is the small amount of information held in mind to complete cognitive tasks, so it is central to an understanding of how people think. Lucy Henry has been a pioneer in the application of the working memory concept in research on the typical and atypical development of intellectual abilities in children. This volume stems from her rare and invaluable combination of theoretical and practical knowledge of working memory processes, which is disseminated here in a clear, organized, and penetrating fashion.


Latest Brainy News

The Misunderstood Face of Giftedness
Huffington Post Apr 10, 2013

In K-12 classrooms everywhere are children at risk for being misunderstood, medically mislabelled, and educationally misplaced. Not limited to one gender, race, ethnicity or socioeconomic group, they could be the children of your neighbours, your friends, your siblings, and even yourself.

Child IQ - Why Confidence Matters
BrainBlogger Apr 17, 2013

Intellectual functioning has a significant relationship to the child’s confidence in his or her abilities. Both intellect and self confidence interact with, and to a great extent, originate from personal experience. It is through experience with the world by which the child acquires self-confidence in his or her thought processes.

A baby's brain still develops bit by bit
The Spectrum Apr 14, 2013

At the time a baby is born, most of the body organs are pretty well developed. The heart, lungs and digestive systems are all fully functional.

Early Childhood Education Importance, 85% of Brain Develops Before 5
IVN Apr 11, 2013

There's a reason for all the emphasis on early childhood education in public policy. Data compiled by the Rauch Foundation found that 85 percent of the brain is developed by the time a person is five years old. However, only 14 percent of money for public education is put into these early years.

Breastfeeding May Lead to Better Brain Development, Studies Claim
BH Courier Apr 08, 2013

In what may reignite the debate on breastfeeding over formula feeding, a new study claims that breastfeeding leads to better brain development.

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