Studies have shown that if you know a child’s working memory you will be able to predict grades years and years later . Think about that for a second once the die is cast as far as working memory is concerned we move lockstep with our peer group . It turns out in a practical sense working memory is far more important than IQ .
Working memory acts as the upper ceiling on potential . Working memory determines productivity in higher education and the early career . Working memory ceilings decline as the brain ages . But do interventions work , countless studies say they do .
Researchers at University of North Carolina found that those with a higher working memory were less likely than those with a lower working memory to let their thoughts wander from an appointed task . The better your working memory the better your focus .
A study by the Academy of Medical Sciences in the context of smart drugs concluded just a 10% improvement in memory will result in a big improvement in SAT , college admission and degree performance . In fact as long as your career requires you to keep learning new skills then working memory will continue to be of critical importance to you .
In a recent university study into prescription ADHD drug users. Just under 40% are cross diagnosed with dyslexia .Not surprising when you consider the overlapping issues with focus, attention, short term memory and sequencing common to both conditions . 15% of the population
As Carl Wieman, a Nobel laureate observed
How can we continue to justify the use of traditional lectures in the light of solid research showing that the way we do things isn’t even an effective way to get students to retain information, much less to understand concepts?