An Interesting Fact about Memory
Did you know that that the average adult can hold approximately seven numbers in short- term memory. Maybe that’s the reason a phone number is seven numbers!
Chunking is one of many good memory strategies to help your child remember. This is particularly helpful for recalling numbers.
- For example which is easier for you to remember (2, 8, 3, 6, 5, 7, 5)- as a list of numbers or chunked (283-6575)? Try to remember the seven numbers as two groups of three and four digits, not as one group.
- Your child can use chunking to remember his phone number, social security number, locker combination, and license plate numbers.
- Keep in mind that this ability is a developmental task, and a child’s age has to be considered.
Young children ages 5 to 7 should be expected to retain shorter lists of three to four numbers, while older children, ages 8 and above, could practice on longer lists of five to seven numbers.