Monday, May 18, 2009

Rote memory of non-meaningful facts

Memorizing non-meaningful facts (facts that are not personally interesting and personally relevant) is extremely difficult for most dyslexic children and adults. In school, this leads to difficulty learning:

* Multiplication tables
* Days of the week or months of the year in order
* Science facts: water boils at 212 degrees Fahrenheit, the speed of light is 186,000 miles per second, etc.
* History facts: dates, names, and places. Dyslexic students do well in history classes that emphasize why some event happened, and the consequences of that event, rather than rote memorization of dates and names.


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