We all need to memorize things, whether it is a shopping list or a person's name. Your students have countless objects they need to commit to memory. Some memorize easily. Others struggle mightily.
What if there were tips and strategies they could use to memorize tons of material easily and, usually, have fun doing it? We can drill and kill, or we can play and praise! Expecting our kids to memorize material without giving them strategies to do so is a setup for frustration.
Memorizing Made Easy, with a DVD presentation along with a printed workbook, presents five powerful strategies for accomplishing this, including acrostics, the Roman Room strategy, pegword/rhyme, Anything Goes, and acronyms. Jim Saris is warm and encouraging in the video presentation as he walks step by step through each strategy, giving practical applications of each. He demonstrates memorizing the names of oceans, the first ten states to ratify the Constitution, the first ten Presidents, peculiar spellings, and names of the Great Lakes.
These ideas are easy to understand and implement. You understand not only why these work but how they work. Mr. Saris gives clear examples and easy exercises. There is a lot of information in the workbook of different applications, from spelling to AP biology. These are strategies that can be used in all curriculum areas. In the area of writing, students can use them to remember points in essays or coordinating conjunctions. With math, strategies can be used to remember the steps to a formula. In science, you can construct a strategy to remember the procedures for an experiment or the eight essential amino acids.
Mr. Saris's website is informative and inspirational. He is so confident about this product that he is currently offering a good price and a 100% money back guarantee for one full year! That's right! You can use all his strategies, and if you're not thrilled, he'll refund your purchase price, no questions asked.
Whether your child struggles with memory issues or not, this is a worthwhile product to explore. Some of the ideas might even make you giggle! This is a no-lose proposition. The video I reviewed included some bonus material on the power of visualization.