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04/09/2018

Mnemonic Techniques will Help Revision on your Degree Course

Mnemonic techniques are a good way of remembering terminology, or lists of key points for your degree.

Anachronisms take the first letter of each word in your list, and use these letters to form a single word which you can more easily remember

Acrostics as with anachronisms, take the first letter or each word to be remembered, and use these to form a memorable phrase, for example, the order of the planets from the Sun can be remembered with the phrase:

  • My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizzas (Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto)
  • Or, as Pluto is no longer a planet (apparently)
  • My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Noodles

Chunking is usually used when remembering numbers, instead of trying to remember individual number, group them together to make fewer larger numbers.

Link Methods use visualization to associate items in a list. To use this technique you must associate (imagined) images with words you need to remember. Then imagine these images grouped together in a larger picture, for example placing items on top of each other or having them interact in some way.

Variants of this technique allow things to be remembered in sequence, linking images within a story, or placing images alongside an imagined walk.

Give it a go, these techniques are well proven! There is lots of really good free information available on the Internet, just Google for Mnemonic Techniques.

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