Year 7 students Sarah Moreland and Joshua Roberts were just two of the Brooke Weston students who underwent a ‘brain-boosting’ workshop with students from our sister academies.
The day-long course, aimed at Gifted and Talented students, was led by education consultant Roy Leighton, at Corby Business Academy. It was attended by 90 students including 30 from Brooke Weston and parents went along in the evening to learn more about the memory-boosting and exam-enhancing techniques that the students had used.
Joshua said: ‘It was quite scientific and it told us how the brain works. We were given strategies like the ‘left hand of learning’ where each finger signifies different learning methods. If you learn by playing a game you are more likely to absorb information because it is fun. Mr Leighton did a documentary for the BBC and taught us how to increase our memory by 400 per cent!’
Sarah said: ‘It was quite fun. I learned quite a bit and I had to go to the front as a volunteer. Mr Leighton demonstrated how to boost the memory by associating different words with different parts of the body.’
Teacher Mrs Karen Hearne accompanied the Brooke Weston contingent. She said: ‘The students memorised a list of objects by using their imagination to picture the objects on parts of their body, for example, by visualising a calculator on their heads. They were then asked to recite the list to the parents at the evening event and every student recalled the list accurately. It was a really interesting day.’