How To Use Mnemonics In Studies?

How to use Mnemonics in studies

Define mnemonic study

Mnemonics is a technique for memorizing information. Also explained as an instructional strategy designed to help students improve their memory and remember larger pieces of information. It is any learning technique that aids information retention or retrieval in human memory by connecting new learning to prior knowledge through varied cues that work best for you.

A study by Gerald R. Miller in 1967 showed that students that used mnemonic techniques increased test scores by 77%. Thus, popularizing the concept. 

How to use Mnemonics to study

What are some examples of mnemonics? 

Surely you too would have used mnemonic techniques in your life, probably without even realizing that you had applied them. Some of those we are sure you still use in your everyday life. Few most common examples are:

  • Bodmas – This is an acronym to help remember the order of operations in calculations. It stands for Brackets, Order (roots, and power), Division, Multiplication, Addition, Subtraction

For example, (14+19) ÷ (13-2) = 33 ÷ 11 = 3

  • VIBGYOR – Violet–Indigo–Blue–Green–Yellow–Orange–Red, is another popular technique that helps one remember the colors of the rainbow. 
  • Days of the month mnemonics – This is a technique that we are sure you were taught as a child to help remember the days in each month. It’s a count kept on your knuckles, with the simple logic that your protruding knuckle depicts 31days, and the underside is 28/30 days. 
What are some examples of mnemonics? 
  • Order of the Planets – You might have learned the simple phrase “My very educated mother just served us noodles” (or previously, “my very eager mother just served us nine pizzas” when pluto was still a planet), which would help you remember the order of the planets depending upon the first letter of each word in the phrase.    
  • The value of PI – Learning the value of PI, that is, 3.1415927, isn’t the easiest but here’s a trick to help you do so with word association. You simply have to learn the phrase “May I have a large container of coffee”, and the no. of letters in each of these words are the same as the numbers in the Pi value.     

What are 6 types of mnemonics?

Though you can always create your own techniques to memorize what you have to, depending on what works best for you, here are a few types that can be categorized:

  • Vision/ image – The body language or the images/ diagrams create a lasting picture in the mind. This is something that can be incorporated by both offline classes and via online coaching software too. Simply making sure that you as a tutor are expressive and active.    
  • Chunking – This is a method wherein you group the things such that it becomes easier to memorize. For example, 8459673125 would be hard to remember as a whole. But if you break it down as 845 967 3125, it will get easier to learn.
  • Musical – It’s no secret that a song can very easily get stuck in your head. So one way is to give it a musical twist and help yourself memorize better. For example, whoever can forget the A,B,C song.
  • Letter and Words – Acronyms and acrostics are the most common kind of strategies (order of the planets and VIBGYOR, are examples of the same). 
  • Connections – Connect or link it to any story/ incident or an attribute that can help you remind of the same. For example, the loud man Liam, or the shy girl Saira. 
  • Linking – Creating a chain in your mind such that one can remind you of the rest. For example, if wearing your shoes, picking up your bag, checking for your wallet and keys, is your everyday routine, your brain would go in the same order. And in case one misses out, you would realize it before it’s too late.

Do mnemonics really work?

Mnemonics makes studying a lot simpler as it helps students learn and remember through different techniques. Making it both fun and engrossing enough to not forget for a long time. 

And now with things having moved to online classes, or even with a hybrid class, the loss of one-on-one connection can sometimes make things hard, as the vision/ image isn’t as strong here. Hence, other techniques are to be used to help them learn better and remember for longer. And in such cases, we suggest you have good online coaching software to help you make things smooth-flowing. 

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