Memory techniques for students with SEN

Mnemonics, visual and auditory memory skills to help SEN students retain information

Sian Evans

Memory, Memory Techniques,SEN, Students With SEN,special Needs,

Resources to make memorising key facts more manageable for students with special needs 

Education is built upon the idea of retaining information and being able to recall it on demand. But, for many learners, this isn't as easy as it sounds. As such, we've hand-picked the following resources to help you to tackle this head-on with students of all ages.  

Visual memory skills

Develop observation skills with this classic Kim’s game activity, in which pupils are tasked with identifying the missing object. Equally, this short clip suggests fun activities and games to support learners as they retain important concepts. 

Use visual prompts, as well as kinaesthetic methods, with students who are trying to remember tricky spellings by taking the words off of the paper using these engaging ideas.

Auditory memory skills

Turn memorising times tables into story time with this colourful resource pack, which focuses on learners hearing and then recalling the rhymes that relate to different numbers. Alternatively, challenge them to show that they can listen to and follow instructions by taking part in this pizza-themed comprehension activity*

For even more strategies, this detailed list offers simple changes that both teachers and pupils can make to improve short-term memory.


Conquer the order of the alphabet with this mnemonic presentation, designed to help students remember all 26 letters by grouping them into smaller chunks. Likewise, these spelling posters break down the most commonly misspelt words by associating each letter with memorable images.

Finally, this comprehensive booklet supports learners in a variety of subjects by providing mnemonics, as well as puzzles and quick questions, to make memorising key concepts more achievable.

Quick links

Visual memory skills

Auditory memory skills


Kim’s game

Visual skills clip

Ideas for learning spellings

Times tables story resource pack

Pizza-themed comprehension activity*

Auditory memory strategies

Alphabet mnemonic presentation

Mnemonic spelling posters

Subject-specific mnemonics booklet

*This resource is being sold by the author.

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