When I hear this statement my mind switches into a questioning mode. What kinds of things don’t they remember? Can you give me an example of what they can’t remember? Is it just one thing? Is it multiple things?

Is it situational? What’s happening when they can’t remember? Is the information they don’t remember visual or auditory? Is the difficulty in remembering information or numbers or objects?

No, I don’t interrogate, I just wonder. The good news is, I don’t have to wonder long.

Using the Structure of Intellect assessments, we can gain the answers to many of these questions and have the tools to develop these various types of memory regardless of the form they take.

Memory is the Advanced Art of Paying Attention

Is it that you can’t remember or that you don’t attend to the task? There is a difference.

Memory is not a skill that is purposefully trained in today’s education systems or in everyday life. Therefore many students are at a loss when asked to perform memory tasks.

Students tell me that they don’t memorize their math facts because they will have a calculator.

We don’t bother to remember the meaning of difficult words or the sequence of events because have Google.

We don’t memorize phone numbers anymore because they’re already programed into our smart phones.

Students tell me, “I don’t need to know this. I can just look it up.” Teachers tell me, “We can’t spend valuable teaching time on this.” “We have to stay on the curriculum schedule and be sure the tested information has been covered.”

…And so it goes.

The Structure of Intellect approach used at Synap2it! Learning Development Center defines eighteen different memory abilities.

Six of those that have been identified as necessary for successful learning in school:

  • MFU-the ability to remember incidental visual details
  • MSUv-the ability to remember visual symbols
  • MSSv-the ability to remember visual sets, series, and sequences
  • MSUa-memory for auditory details and symbols
  • MSSa-memory for sets, series, and sequences presented aloud
  • MMI the ability to remember and draw implications.

If these abilities are not fully developed a student may:

  • Have difficulty with spelling
  • Have difficulty with reading & phonics
  • Have difficulty remembering a system of numbers leading to difficulties with math

Similarly, a student low in MSSV should also be assessed for possible dyslexia as this can be an indicator.

This is the advantage of the tools and methods we use at Synap2it! Learning Center. We can pinpoint which memory skills and abilities need to be developed and build those skills. We are able to successfully address many kinds of memory and increase a student’s ability to not just remember, but to understand!

If you’d like to learn more about the programs we offer and how we can partner with you to help your child succeed, contact us for a free consultation!

About the Author Renee Anderson

The founder & director of EducationPathways and Synap2it! Learning Center, Renee Anderson is a veteran educator whose career spans over 25 years in both public and private schools. During this time, she has worked in regular classroom settings, special education and in intervention. She became an SOI Structure of Intellect Advanced Trainer in 1996, achieved the SOI Associate designation in 2001 and now acts as a National Trainer and Senior Program Consultant for SOI Systems, Inc. Learn more

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