Mnemonics involves translating information into an alternative forms that are easier to remember. Fortunately this is a lot simpler than its confusing spelling. The “M” is silent – so you pronounce the word “mnemonics”. One way of doing this is by taking the first letters of a string of information you want to remember and then using them to create a more memorable phrase that you find easier to recall than the original information.
An example of this is when people learn to play the guitar. Guitars have six strings which go from thick to thin. The thickest string is usually the top string and is named E, in accordance with the note that it is tuned to. This is standard tuning.
Standard guitar tuning is E – A – D – G – B – E
Assigning words to these letters helps players remember these strings.
Elephants And Donkeys Grow Big Ears.
First letters can also make up a word. ‘Roy G. Biv’ (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet) is an example of one that is used to remember the colours of the rainbow.
There a 9 types of mnemomics
1. Music mnemonics
An example is how we sing the alphabet by singing the ABC’s.
2. Name mnemonics
Like the example above ‘Roy G. Biv’, for colours of th rainbow.
3. Expression or word mnemonics
Like the example ‘Elephants And Donkeys Grow Big Ears.’, for standard guitar tuning.
4. Model mnemonics
A model is used to help recall information.
5. Ode mnemonics
The information is placed into a poem or doggerel.
6. Note organization mnemonics
The method of note organization can be used as a memorization technique.
7. Image mnemonics
The information is constructed into a picture — e.g. the German weak declension can be remembered as five ‘-e’s’, looking rather like the state of Oklahoma in America, in a sea of ‘-en’s’.
8. Connection mnemonics
New knowledge is connected to knowledge already known.
9. Spelling mnemonics
An example is “i before e except after c.
Mnemonic devices can be a handy tool when you need to remember information, especially complicated facts or names that don’t have much relevance to you and that you are struggling to learn.
Try it out with your studies and you will be surprised with the results!