The Stats on Studying
How can we use data to help kids improve their memories?
As a class, students conduct an experiment to test George A. Miller’s claim that most people can only hold seven items in their short-term memory. We will use statistical concepts to analyze the data students collect. In small groups, students then design an experiment to test different memory-enhancing techniques, such as chunking, using colored paper, or creating a story out of the items. Students use what they learn from their experiments and data analyses to create a study skills guide to support younger students in memorizing key knowledge (e.g., spelling words, math facts) and includes the practices that their data identify as most effective.