Mnemonic devices are used to help memorize concepts. They rely on information already stored in long-term memory to make recall easier. While your teachers may have created new mnemonics to help their students memorize important concepts for test, the practice of memorizing mnemonics to assist in learning is not new.
Early mnemonic devices were used in Ancient Greece. The word itself comes from Ancient Greek and is named after Mnemosyne, who was the goddess of memory. The use of mnemonics as a learning tool was so popular that Plato and Aristotle both mentioned it in their writings.
Mnemonics can take many forms. Some are catchy phrases, others are words that have each letter represent a different word. In some cases, it may be easier to memorize a funny or unusual sentence than try to force a word. If you use the method of loci, you visualize a place and use your spatial memory to recall places or objects.
Were you an excellent student? Do you still remember mnemonics to this day? Have you learned to apply them to other aspects of your life? Has your doctor taught you a few health-related ones so that you don't spread disease or you can help save a life? Test your memory of memory aids with this quiz!
"All Cows Eat Grass" is used to remember the four spaces of the bass clef from bottom to top. Another mnemonic used is "All Cars Eat Gas."
Roy G. Biv, in order, stands for red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. Some children memorize this colors with "Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain."
In order, the lakes of HOMES are Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, and Superior. If you need to memorize the great lakes from largest to smallest, you can use "Super Heroes Must Eat Oats."
"FACE" are the spaces on a treble staff from top to bottom. Another musical mnemonic is "Father Christmas Gave Dad An Electric Blanket," which is the order of sharps in key signature notation.
The FAN BOYS are: for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so. However, the mnemonic only covers coordinating conjugations. The other types of conjugations are subordinating and correlative.
PEMDAS stands for parenthesis, exponents, multiplication, division, addition, and subtraction. While you may have this memorized, not all calculators are programmed to follow the order of operations, so make sure you are using proper notation.
"King Henry Died Drinking Chocolate Milk" represents the metric prefixes in descending order. Starting from King for kilo-, the prefixes are kilo-, hecto-, deca-, deci-, centi-, and milli. Between deci- and deka-, there is the units place, which is not present in this mnemonic.
In "Two Old Angels Skipped Over Heaven Carrying Ancient Harps," o is for opposite, a is for adjacent, and h is for hypotenuse. This means that Tangent= opposite/adjacent, sine= opposite/hypotenuse, and cosine = adjacent/hypotenuse.
"Every Good Boy Does Fine" gives you E, G, B, D, F. Those are the lines of a treble cleft from bottom to top.
"Good Boys Do Fine Always" is music mnemonic that goes from bottom to top. On the bass staff, you will go G, B, D, F, A.
When you suspect someone's having a stroke, you need to Act FAST. In order of things to check: face, arms, speech, and time.
The discrepancy in this mnemonic is because some people learned it before Pluto was demoted to dwarf planet status. In order, the planets are Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune.
A simple machine has few moving parts and are used to adjust motion and force to do work. The simple machines are pulley, gear, jackscrew, axel and wheel, inclined plane, and lever.
This mnemonic works because principal ends in pal and principle ends in "le". A principal is the head of a school. Principle is a rule or doctrine.
While Pretty Dolls Rarely Ever Punch Criminals is an odd sentence, it can be helpful with the writing process. In order, the writing process is pre-write, draft, revise, edit, publish, and celebrate.
MRS GREN refers to the 7 conditions that something must have to be considered a living being. They are movement, respiration, sensitivity, growth, reproduction, excretion, and nutrition.
The levels of taxonomy are kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus, and species. If you don't want King Philip to come over for soup, you may prefer the mnemonic "King Philip Can Order Five Greek Salads."
If you want to remember how Henry VIII wives died, you would use divorced, beheaded, died/ divorced, beheaded, survived. However, if you want to memorize their names, you could use "All Boys Should Come Home Please." In order, Henry VIII's wives were Aragon, Boleyn, Seymour, Cleves, Howard, and Parr.
We hear with our ear is not the only useful phrase for learning how to spell confusing words. If you have trouble remembering the difference between complement and compliment, you could use that complement makes something complete and compliment puts someone in the limelight.
Their, there, and they're are homophones. Their is the possessive form of they. There is an adverb and they're is a contraction.
While a pint and a pound are both 16 ounces, a pint is 16 fluid ounces and the other is dry ounces. The former is a measurement of volume, the latter of weight.
While a cough can be the sign of the flu or a cold, there is a way to spot the difference before going to the doctor. FACTS stands for fever, aches, chills, tiredness, and sudden onset.
The American Civil War started on April 12, 1861. It ended on April 9, 1865.
Poison ivy leaves change color depending on the season. The leaves are reddish in the spring, green in the summer, and yellow, orange, or red in the fall.
On March 19, 1918, the United States government passed the Standard Time Act, which established Daylight saving time. In Britain, the same concept is observed as British Summer Time.
There were eight royal houses. They are Norman, Plantagenet, Lancaster, York, Tudor, Stuart, Hanover, and Windsor.
The U.S. Constitution has seven articles. Their topics are the legislative branch, the executive branch, the judicial branch, the statehood, amendments, supremacy, and ratification.
"Lazy Cats Don't Move" can be used to remember that L= 50, C= 100, D= 500, and M= 1,000. If you want to remember then starting from I, you can use "I Value Xylophones Like Cows Dig Milk." This adds I= 5 and V= 10.
Affect is an action, whereas effect is the result. RAVEN stands for "Remember Affect is a Verb, Effect is a Noun."
If you don't care about camels, you can use "Cows Often Sit Down Carefully. Perhaps Their Joints Creak? Persistent Early Oiling Might Prevent Painful Rheumatism. Regardless of which mnemonic you use, the periods are Cambrian, Ordovician, Silurian, Devonian, Carboniferous, Permian, Triassic, Jurassic, Cretaceous, Paleocene, Eocene, Oligocene, Miocene, Pliocene, Pleistocene, and Recent.
There are 5,280 feet in a mile. In a marathon, there are approximately 26.2 miles.
"When juries lack honor, just gets forgotten" stands for Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, Hamilton, Jackson, Grant, and Franklin. They are on the $1, $2, $5, $10, $20, $50, and $100 bill respectively.
Teaspoons and tablespoons are units of volume. Teaspoon can be abbreviated tsp. or a lowercase t. A tablespoon is abbreviated Tbsp. or uppercase T.
You may have come across this mnemonic in biology. It represents interphase, prophase, metaphase, anaphase, telophase, and cytokinesis.
Pvt. Tim Hall is used to remember the 7 essential amino acids. The amino acids are phenylanine, valine, threonine, tryptophan, isolucine, histidine, arginine, leucine, and lysine.