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ISJ November 2013: Using energizers to enhance memory recall in grade 8


Josselyn J van der Pol


This two group pre-test/post-test study explored the effectiveness of using brain stimulating activities, or ‘energizers’, with middle school students to improve factual recall at an international school. The sample size of 59 grade 8 students was divided into a comparison and implementation group, and the effectiveness of the energizing activities was evaluated both quantitatively and qualitatively.

During the four week study, in addition to receiving lessons according to the planned inquiry-based curriculum, the implementation group participated in regular activities designed to stimulate the students on a deeper level. The results were surprising, and analysis revealed that using energizing activities with middle school students may be effective; however, further research is suggested.