Reading and making summaries is one way your brain can absorb information; taking information in verbally is another. Dig out your child’s soft toys and line them up for a lecture.

Let your child pretend that he is the teacher, coaching the toys for a test. Explaining study material out loud stimulates another part of one’s brain, increasing the likelihood of the information sticking in memory.

Or ask your child to break down new information and explain it to you, the parent, as if you have never heard it before. It is easier to retain the smaller chunks, and in addition this method reinforces the new knowledge.

Next we’ll discuss TIP NUMBER 5: PUT UP MIND-MAP POSTERS