This is a strategy I teach to my study skills groups in order to help them remember important terms, rules/steps, etc. I tell them the sillier it is, the easier it is to remember. The possibilities are truly endless. Creating my own mnemonics also helped me remember all the otherwise boring terms in biopsychology in graduate school.

Mnemonics (pronounced “ne-mon’-ics”) is the art of assisting the memory by using a system of artificial aids – rhymes, rules, phrases, diagrams, acronyms and other devices – all to help in the recall of names, dates, facts and figures. Some examples of common acronyms include NBA (National Basketball Associations), SCUBA (Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus), BTUs (British Thermal Units), and LASER (Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation). 

  • Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally! “
    • (Parentheses, Exponents, Multiplications, Divisions, Additions, Subtractions) –Order of operations
  • First Place Often Takes the Trophy. “
    • (Frontal, Parietal, Occipital, Temporal, Temporal). –Lobes of the brain
  • To remember the start of “beautiful
    • Big Elephants Are Ugly.
  • To spell “necessary“:
    • Never Eat Cake, Eat Salmon Sandwiches And Remain Young.
  • Remember colors of the rainbow as a person’s name: “Roy G. Biv
    • First name = Roy – red, orange, yellow
      Middle initial = G – green
      Surname = Biv – blue, indigo, violet
  • To turn on sprinklers, open jars, turn screws etc:
    • ” Lefty, loosey – Righty, tighty “
  • To remember the order of the planets:
    • My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nine Pickles.
    • My Very Easy Method Just Speeds Up Naming Planets.
    •  (Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto)
    • Firstly, for the five largest bodies (including planetary moons) within the solar system:
      • SUNJSUN! ” (Sun – then Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune)