In the process of learning, students need to take new information and move it into their long term memory. The following strategies will help students in this process (Chapman & King, 2012).

Make Personal Connections
Discuss with students how the new concept or ideas can be used and benefit in their daily lives. For example, students may answer the following questions:
After school, a student uses when he or she....
In the workplace, is used when....

Project the Value of New Information
The teacher can discuss with the students when in the future the learned information and concepts will be used.
For example: When you now how to use tools automatically, you will be able to...

Organize and Categorize the Facts, Thoughts, and Ideas
For example: Write steps to the activity in sequential order or use graphic organizers to organize ideas.

Make Connections to Prior Knowledge and Experience
For example: How have you used in the past?

Analyze the Component
For example: Examine each step of the activity.

Summarize the Component
For example: What are the essential features of the strategy?

Evaluate the Component
For example: How useful will_ be to you throughout the school year?

Apply Memory Strategies to Create Retrieval Cues
Mnemonic strategies
Songs, raps, jingles

It is important to assist the students in taking new concepts and applying this knowledge to new situations. The main goal of education is to show the students how to apply facts, skills, or ideas in different ways. Transfer of knowledge can be assisted through the following techniques:
  • meaningful experiences
  • terms easily understood to the students
  • examples related to their world
  • productive feedback
  • make understanding the focus
  • apply learning apply to many areas of the students' lives
  • use a variety of assessment tools
  • showcase the students knowledge

The brain is always looking for new stimuli and this can assist in maintaining the students' attention. Novel strategies and ideas can create a hook for the learning.

Automaticity is the ability to easily retrieve information and apply it to new situation. For example, when a student uses punctuation correctly in the first draft of a paper, they have mastered this skill. This is the main goal of learning a new skill.



Chapman, C. & King, R., (2012). Differentiated assessment strategies: One tool doesn’t fit all, second edition. Thousand Oaks, California: Corwin Press.