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Mnemonics - A remembering technique to improve memoryBY: JNLakshmi | Category: Education | Post Date: 2008-10-21
There has been several instances in our life, where we have to memorize certain things. Specially during schools and colleges, you need to memorize historical dates, mathematical formulas, scientific facts, medical procedures, law books. In our day to day life, we need to remember the phone numbers, address of our home, loved ones birthdays and anniversary, our list to the grocery store, need to relate names with the faces etc.
Every body specially the student uses some way to remember whatever they have to. The basis of studying includes, to clearly understand and concentrate and register the concept, correctly of whatever you learn, then try to remember, retain whatever you have learnt and recall it or reproduce it whenever required. There are several techniques to memorize whatever you have learnt. One among them is the mnemonic. It is important that it should be done only after understanding what it is. For example, when you have to remember an equation, it is important that you know how it is derived, what does it do etc, but to memorize it and to get it out on the paper instantly, you have to put in the mnemonics.
Mnemonics is memory aid technique that associates what has to be remembered with some diagrams, acronyms, rhymes etc, to easily recall the facts. Mnemonic is the way of associating what you have to memorize with some words or things. You can train your memory through learning and practicing different mnemonic techniques. People use different kinds of mnemonics to memorize. Some may be funny, some use acronyms in their colloquial language, some will not be meaningful, some will associate to a place etc; It just makes them easy to remember in a way.
Mnemonics is used everywhere in English, medicine, law, maths, history etc. Some visual aids help in better understanding and remembering certain concepts too. The most common form of mnemonics is forming acronyms.
To remember the colors of the rainbow we say "VIBGYOR" the word as such does not have any meaning but turns out to be Violet, Indigo, Blue, Green, Yellow, Red.
Similarly to remember the Great lakes of USA we say "HOMES" that is, "Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, and Superior" lakes.
One famous mnemonic which I still use is to remember number of days in a month. ie month of august has 31 days, to remember these I use my knuckles. I say the month names as I move on, the projected ones mean that it has 31 days and the ones in-between them has 30 days.
Remembering the spelling in english, just remember " 'i' before 'e' except after 'c' " to get the correct spellings of words "pieces, ceiling, deceive, receipt".
Medical students use this technique widely to remember various medical procedures. For example to clear the wound they "PCC" - Pressure, clear, cover.
Sometimes you get to remember a phrase to memorize. Like you use the phrase "My Very Easy Method: Just Set Up Nine Planets." to remember the order of the planets from the sun.
When you have sprinkled ankle remember "ICE" - "Ice, Compression, Elevation"
So like this, there are several ways to enhance your memory. So students, try out something like this so that you will remember it always.
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