Memory development in adolescents
Mindfulness and memory in the modern world
It is very important to talk about the development of memory in adolescents.
There is so much information that the main question is how to remember exactly what you need.
For adults, active teenagers who have time everywhere and keep tons of sometimes unnecessary knowledge in their heads seem to be robots with more than a dozen terrabytes of built-in memory. And for children, mothers who remember all the things that need to be done in one day off also seem superhuman.
But these cases are rather exceptions to the rules of modern life.
Why remember everything if you have a phone?
At hand, there is always some gadget that is convenient for everything that comes to mind. This means that using your own “built-in memory” is not so necessary.
It’s simple: a couple of clicks and you throw out what was in your head. Now there is a place for this in the phone.
It would seem that live and rejoice – why load your brain? Of course, the technical capabilities of gadgets are admired. But we stop training such an important “muscle” in our brain as memory.
After all, the principle of working with it is the same as in sports with the muscles of the body. The more sets of” correct ” weight exercises you do, the better the training will be.
Even in the modern world, where there is no need to keep everything in your head, you need to use your own memory.
These are important mental processes. Attention allows you not to be distracted, and memory helps you retain and then reproduce the information.
Why do students need to develop them?
First-study. School lessons, homework, trying to remember a few paragraphs before tests. Gadgets won’t help here, for obvious reasons.
In other words, how much attention and memory are developed is closely related to academic success. And in this case, with self-confidence.
Secondly, the exam- MSE, CSE and others. They require memorizing a huge amount of material, in some cases even the entire school course!
Many students decide which subjects they will take a year or even less before the exam. Can you imagine how much you need to learn?
How much easier it is for a teenager with a good memory to prepare for the exam, and how difficult it is for a student with problems in this area.
Adolescent features of attention, memory and thinking
If earlier the child remembered everything more mechanically, now the situation is changing. Thinking of a teenager is developing very quickly. By the age of 13, he thinks logically well, is able to build hypotheses, and confidently uses abstract concepts. The full development of these mental processes is completed by the age of 16.
In the adolescent, logical, semantic memory prevails. It also becomes more arbitrary. And mechanical memory, on the contrary, decreases.
This may be unusual for a child. After all, it had been different. Everything was remembered as if “by itself” or he “memorized” and was excellent. In simple words, now in order to remember information, he needs to want to do it and understand the meaning.
The big problem is that schools often focus on rote learning. Children use mechanical memory more often. Hence a large number of complaints about poor memory of teenagers.
The attention of a teenager also goes to a whole new level. At this age, students are able to consciously focus on an uninteresting task. Can – does not mean do. Here we are talking about physical abilities. And another feature of teenagers-emotionality, impressionability, do not allow you to concentrate on an uninteresting object for a long time.
If a teenager’s memory has deteriorated dramatically, you should consult a doctor.
How do I develop my memory and improve my memory?
The conclusion is that the student’s memory has many possibilities. It remains to use them correctly.
Here are some tips:
Alternative ways to remember.
For example, the mnemonic – creation of associative images to help you remember objects.
Training in information structuring.
Such as creating “smart maps” or others.
Proper nutrition and a healthy lifestyle.
This is the key to brain health and development.
Increase motivation and awareness.
Need to remember something? Start by understanding ” why?”
You need a teenager to have something to do besides study. This is a change of activity and the leading type of thinking. Sports, creative activities, alternative training – all where you have to think differently.
Brain training in practice
This is a great way to focus quickly. If you solve puzzles for a while, you can learn to cope with the task in the shortest possible time.
For sure, many people have seen a picture where the color of words does not match their color – the word yellow is written in red. The task is to name the color of words as quickly as possible. This exercise is aimed at developing mindfulness and is considered one of the most effective.
Written 20 words. In 1.5 minutes, remember the maximum number of words and play them in order. The words are absolutely unrelated. The higher your score, the better your memory. With regular training, the result is obvious.
A simple but working method. Poems, songs, here also, retellings of books and films. Your memory will say thank you. And it will be possible to show off your knowledge in almost any life situation.
By the way, you can make these trainings good family traditions and develop together! This way memory training will become easier easier and more fun!