Introduce yr.12 psych A Level students to everyday uses of working memory/help them improve using cognitive strategies. Practice activities then Q&A to consolidate. Summarise & give worksheet to consolidate learning. Stress memory improvement is achievable.

You 09 Jan, 08:46:09

Create a lesson plan for year 12 psychology a-level students on working memory. Include an introduction, lesson outline, questioning, assessment, differentiation and plenary. Include links to some video and worksheet resources.

Teacherbot 09 Jan, 08:46:09


(5 minutes)

Welcome your year 12 psychology A level students to their lesson on working memory.

Explain the importance of working memory in everyday life, how it helps with many cognitive functions and how if our working memory is impaired, this can create challenges in many different areas such as education, employment, and every day life.

Show a video about working memory as an introduction to the lesson -

Lesson Outline

(30 minutes)

Explain the three basic components of working memory – the central executive, the phonological loop and the visuo-spatial sketchpad.

Give students a dictionary task to show how working memory is used in language tasks -

Give students a working memory task to test their digit span –

Explain how working memory can be improved using cognitive enhancement strategies.


(10 minutes)

Discuss the results of the dictionary and working memory task with the students.

Ask them what strategies they will use to help improve their working memory.


(5 minutes)

Give students a quiz about working memory –


(5 minutes)

Give visual learners a set of cards with different mnemonic strategies to help them remember information –

Give auditory learners audio clips to explain the concepts of working memory –


(5 minutes)

Discuss with students how they can use their knowledge of working memory in their everyday lives, and the effects that impairments in working memory can have.

Get students to summarise the key points they have learned in the lesson.

Allow students to answer any outstanding questions they may have.

Give students a worksheet to consolidate their learning –

Conclude the lesson by reassuring them that improved memory skills are achievable.