Mnemon­ics for bet­ter mem­ory

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Higher Education -

WHEN you need to re­mem­ber a list of things, mnemon­ics are an easy way to help you re­mem­ber the lists. A mnemonic is a pat­tern of let­ters or ideas specif­i­cally de­signed to help you re­mem­ber lists. Although it sounds a lit­tle odd, cre­at­ing and us­ing a mnemonic is ac­tu­ally more ef­fi­cient than just pound­ing lists into your brain.

That may sound odd, but this is how it works – Sup­pose you’re learn­ing piano and you have to look at the mu­sic sheet and re­mem­ber what the lines mean in the tre­ble staff. Read­ing from the bot­tom up, the notes for each line are E, G, B, D, F.

To re­mem­ber th­ese, you can re­mem­ber the line Every Good Boy Does Fine. So when you look at a note on the top line, you re­cite the sen­tence as you look at the lines, and you know from the first let­ter of each word that any note on the top line is an F for Fine.

It’s re­ally easy to make your own mnemon­ics. Sup­pose you need to re­mem­ber four Malaysian car­niv­o­rous plants: pitcher plants, blad­der­worts, sun­dews, and ant-house plants. How will you re­mem­ber this? First, start with a list:

– pitcher plants

– blad­der­worts

– sun­dews

– ant-house plants

PABS doesn’t make much sense. Now ar­range it so you have the vowel in the sec­ond or third place.

– pitcher plants

– ant-house plants

– blad­der­worts

– sun­dews

PABS is eas­ier to re­mem­ber and the phrase Pow­er­ful Brave Sabre­tooth Ap­plauded is even eas­ier, es­pe­cially if you put a sabre-toothed tiger pic­ture in your notes too.

If you’re not good with mak­ing sen­tences, put the words into the gen­er­a­tor here and it will do it for you: mnemon­ic­gen­er­a­tor.com.

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