This set of exercises will train your working memory while you engage in reading. Working memory helps you to temporarily keep certain items in mind while you are processing them. It involves processing what is read and heard, and it enables you to store words and meanings for a short period of time.

In this group of exercises, you will read sentences and try to memorize the last word of each sentence. You will record the remembered words on the following page, as well as answer a question about one of the sentences.

Last Word Exercise

Carefully read the following four sentences and try to memorize the last word of each sentence. Then turn the page to continue the exercise.

Sibyl was seated comfortably enough in an easy chair, while Clare played the piano.

By spring, the mother bear began leaving the cave on hunting expeditions.

The king had closed his eyes by this time and was dozing.

Now write down the last word of each sentence in the same order as presented. Do not go up and read, write the answers down from your memory.

Lets do it one more time

Carefully read the following five sentences and try to memorize the last word of each sentence. Then turn the page to continue the exercise.

When he had finished, he filled his pipe and passed a leisurely time smoking.

The child was fully dressed and sitting on her father’s lap near the kitchen table.

As my dad started the engine, I breathed on the window and, with my finger, I wrote my name.

In a few words, the commander explained the state of affairs.

While she spoke, she turned a silver bracelet round and round her wrist.

Now Answer it again like you did it while performing the first exercise.

And let’s do it again

Carefully read the following six sentences and try to memorize the last word of each sentence. Then turn the page to continue the exercise.

I reminded my sister that I wished to go to the fair in the evening.

When Alicia came downstairs, she found Mr. Wild sitting by the fire.

The young lady observed me for a moment, then came over and asked me if I wished to buy anything.

A man stood on the railroad bridge, looking down at the swiftly flowing water below.

White as a ghost, Brian appeared at the entrance to the living room.

On Saturday nights, Rachel used to go to the movies with her friends.

A. If you have read each sentence carefully, you should be able to answer the following question easily.

Brian was as white as …?

B Now write down the last word of each sentence in the same order as presented.