Some teens have trouble remembering what they read. You can help your teen do a better job of recalling what he’s read. Teach him to use these four approaches:
Associate. Your teen can learn to make the things he wants to remember relate to each other in some way. As he starts to read a chapter, have him look through it to see what main ideas will be covered. Then he will know where different information fits.
Visualize. Teach your teen to create a mental picture of what he wants to remember. He can remember the date of a battle by picturing a battle scene in his mind with the date in big numbers.
Concentrate. Teach your teen to focus his attention on one thing and only one thing. As he reads, he should try to see pictures in his mind. Or, he can write a few questions before he starts to read and then look for the answers.
Repeat. Practice makes perfect. If your teen needs to study vocabulary words, have him run through the list once or twice a day. If he’s learning math formulas, he can write them at the beginning and at the end of his study time.
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