Working Memory

The term ‘working memory’ refers to the capacity to store and manipulate information for a matter of seconds, or minutes at most.  There is now extensive evidence that working memory predicts c


We look at help children with these issues quickly as they do have an effect on child’s learning at the early stages of school.

An example of working memory is doing multiplication but in your head only. For example, multiply 27 and 35. You cannot use a pen and paper and most definitely you cannot use a calculator. Do it in your head. Stop for a minute or so and work out the answer !


Well, what’s the answer ?


This puts pressure on your working memory, and you need to multiply the first set of digits, then the second and then remembering the two totals, add them together. Confused, well that’s your working memory in practice. 


Without working memory, it is not possible to work out this kind of challenge.


Other examples of working memory would be;

  • Following directions for a child at home, “ get changed, have your breakfast, put your bag by the door and brush your teeth “

  • Following directions for a child in school “ take out your paper and pen, turn to page 48 of your maths book, and complete section 3 to 5, do this quickly and quietly “

  • Adding up 3 or 4 items in your head, at the shops to make sure you have enough money. 


Children with learning difficulties, who struggle in reading and maths, have the poorest working memory profiles. So therefore, is it the reading and maths we should be helping them with, or is it also skills that helps develop their working memory ?

Working memory private sessions and classes are available.

We can work with you privately face to face and also using Skype or Face Time. The World is getting smaller and we are happy to help you in any possible way.