Boost junior’s memory with the Spelling Armadillo crew

Does junior have problems memorising his schoolwork? Here are tips from the cast of the the hit Channel 5 show!


Do you play card-matching games with your family or friends? Can your mini-me sing the Twelve Days of Christmas? Mnemonics and tactics like these are all ways of boosting your child’s memory (and possibly your own!).

          But if your child has problems remembering what he has learnt in school, we have several solutions: We went to experienced “memorisers”, the Spelling Armadillo 2 actors. This sequel to the International Kids’ Emmy-nominated Channel 5 drama see three kids competing in the spelling bee with a new teammate and the backing of as lovable teacher Mr Nasri (played by Suhaimi Yusof) and Paul Foster (the new principal). So, we asked them all how they retain what learn — for school and for the show…


Matthew Loo, plays hardworking Tom Goh:

“I listen to music as I am doing my work, so when I can’t remember certain things during an exam, I will just replay the song in my head and very naturally remember it. It’s a habit. Subconsciously even, because I only realised I was doing this ‘technique’ some time last year. When it comes to filming, I would always imagine the scene in my head as I [start] reading the script. This makes it a lot easier for me to remember all the lines.”  


Arthur Eu, plays cheeky best-friend Austin Lim:

“I have a collection of notebooks that I use to take notes during classes, and I would always revise my notes for the day once I reach home. My English teacher taught me this, after I forgot to hand in my homework one too many times. Ha ha! For my scripts, I usually just read it over and over again, so that the lines will get stuck in my head.” 


Annika Kelly, plays new team member Mandy:

“Either I make the information into a song, or I ‘Read-Cover-Repeat’. ‘Read-Cover-Repeat’ means reading the information multiple times, covering it up, and then trying to repeat the things I’ve just read. I even found out that listening to different types of music for different subjects make the memorisation easier! It happened because I was once so bored of studying that I just started to match the words in front of me to the tune of the music [I was listening to], and BAM!” 


Ilias Goh, plays dreamer Lucas Tan:

“I try to link the main points in [what I’m studying] to gain better understanding. For example, in history, it's more like a story to me where all main ideas are interconnected…rather than trying to wrack your brains trying to memorise word for word. This also applies when I memorise my lines!”

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