Improve visual memory and visualisation with these techniques
Visual memory and visualisation techniques form a part of the important area we need to recall sight words, improve comprehension, solve math problems and retain formulas. We all use visual memory and visualisation techniques regularly as we recall information and details throughout our daily lives, although most people would love to find a way to improve their memory!
Thankfully, there are a range of techniques available to help you improve you or your child's visual memory and visualisation. In fact, you could perform many of these activities yourself as you help your child.
Tools to help enhance visual memory and visualisation are:
1. Card games like 'Concentration', where the position of duplicate cards must be remembered. Math fact cards or other material to be memorised can be substituted too.
2. Flash cards with the spelling word broken broken down into syllables.
3. Mum or dad can encourage their child to visualise by reading part of the story and your child reading a part.
4. Your child listening to descriptive reading either at school or home and then the child drawing as completely as possible what was in the mind's eye when reading. The section should then be re-read and points awarded for each detail recalled.
5. With closed eyes write your name and watch your piece of chalk writing your name - can you hold your entire name before your eyes?
6. Place objects on a tray and allow 10 to 15 seconds to observe the objects. The tray is then hidden and a point is given for every object remembered that is correct. To make the activity more complex, more objects can be added.
7. An alternative to this is to have objects pace in a bag and have your child/pupils feel the object and describe it. Giving it a colour is also very good even though the child has not seen the object.
8. When reading, children should be encouraged to form pictures in their mind. Every so often, the reading should be halted and the reader and listeners asked questions such as:
What does.........look like?
What is behind and above.....?
What is to the side of.....?
Describe exactly what you are seeing now?
These are some great examples of simple games and excercises that can help to improve visual memory and visualisation as part of normal games and routines either at home or in the classroom.