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Mnemonic Devices Help Students Memorize Facts

By December 30, 2013

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Mnemonic devices are excellent ways to teach students important facts that they need to memorize. Here are 10 top mnemonic devices from courses across the curriculum. Enjoy!

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July 7, 2009 at 9:47 pm
(1) Mark Pennington says:

Great list! I had never heard of a few of those. To complement your list, here is a list of ten research-findings about memory:http://penningtonpublishing.com/blog/study_skills/top-ten-memory-tips/

October 19, 2009 at 8:01 am
(2) Cliff Leslie says:

Thank you for these reminders. They can be very helpful

July 12, 2010 at 4:43 pm
(3) Dr Elliott says:

No. 1 also used for showing the value of electronic components, e.g., resistors
How to read Resistor Color Codes
First the code
Black
Brown
Red
Orange
Yellow
Green
Blue
Violet
Grey
White

0
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9

No. 7 No. 7 I see the geometry hint as:
the old Indian chief: “SOH CAH TOA”
Sin = Opposite/Hypotenuse
Cos= Adjacent / Hypotenuse
Tan = Opposite / Adjacent

July 18, 2010 at 11:26 pm
(4) Marvin Fletcher says:

Great! Heard of some, not of some. Here’s mine from a student for World Geography. The 5 themes of Geography:

M = Movement
R= Location

H= Human/ > These combine to form
E = environmental Interaction> One theme
L = Location
P = Place

i.e. Mr. Help

July 21, 2010 at 2:55 pm
(5) Mike Closs says:

To memorize the factors that affect climate I use OAPPLE
Ocean Currents
Aspect of the land
Prevailing Winds
Proximity to water
Latitude
Elevation

Iuse it for both levels in gr9 geography and they still remember it when I see them in gr 12 geography.

April 11, 2011 at 7:29 am
(6) Peter Ruel says:

To help us pitiful Americans get a handle on the Celsius scale:

30 is hot
20 is nice
10 is cold
0 is ice

April 11, 2011 at 8:13 pm
(7) Kel says:

And my favorite the order of operations: Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally
Parentheses, Exponents, Multiplication, Division, Addition, Subtraction

April 13, 2011 at 8:36 am
(8) Stephen says:

Another helpful mnemonic for trig functions (and one high school students have no trouble learning):

Some Old Hippie Caught Another Hippie Tripping on Acid. (SOH CAH TOA)

April 17, 2011 at 11:40 am
(9) Robin Bench says:

We learned classification as Kings Play Chess On Fine Grained Sand. My kids at school came up with a disgusting one about kids and sandwiches, but I don’t think that they will forget it.

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