6 Memory Tricks for ADHD Students

Use these six strategies to help attention deficit students retain information and remember what they learn.

ADHD brain, where the inside looks like a pacman game. How ADHD students can memorize information for class. © istockphoto/thorbjorn66

Children with ADHD and learning disabilities often have trouble remembering and retaining information taught in class. To improve their memory skills, help them create links and visual, auditory, and conceptual associations between bits of information. Here are six ways to do that:

1. Draw or create vivid pictures depicting information that needs to be memorized.
Since memory is enhanced by exaggeration, emotion, action, and color, the more ridiculous and detailed the image, the better. To help an attention deficit student remember the meaning of the word felons (which sounds like melons), make a picture of melons dressed in prison clothing marching off to jail. For more examples, see vocabularycartoons.com.

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This article comes from the Winter 2009 issue of ADDitude.

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