Learning Challenges

A Classroom Tip for Students with Memory Problems

Easy strategies to help students with ADHD or learning disabilities work around memory problems.

Since students with attention deficit disorder (ADD ADHD) and learning disabilities often have problems with short-term memory, it is important to reduce the amount of routine information they must remember. Keep their memory free for the key part of the task – writing the essay.

One way to reduce memory demands is to provide your class with a checklist of the steps required to complete an essay.

For a visual reminder, have each student trace her hand on a piece of paper and then write the name of one part of the essay in each finger: thesis statement, topic sentences for the first, second, and third paragraph, and conclusion.

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