Accessing information you’ve already memorized is
as easy as Z-Y-X!
That’s a catchy way to introduce this tip: teach kids to access memorized information by showing them where to look for it, so to speak. All you need is a backwards alphabet and a buddy!
Here are the Z-Y-X steps:
Z: Ask the child to stand right in front of you and recite the alphabet—backwards.
Y: Watch the child’s eyes as he attempts this task. Note where the child looks.
X: Tell the student that when attempting the task, he looked to his top left (or top right, or whatever you noticed.)
For THIS STUDENT, that is where to look when trying to access memorized information. Everyone is different, so you will need to help each student individually or buddy kids up so the buddy can identify where the partner should look for answers.
Got a test coming up? Try it yourself and you’ll know where to find all the answers!
It’s much more effective than staring into space.