Mnemonic Memory Tricks
What is a Mnemonic Device?
The Method of Loci is the most popular as people use familiar items to connect with an unfamiliar item. This method can be used to remember directions by using landmarks.
The next popular device is an acronym. This is when the first letters or a group of letters are brought together to form a word. Music students use this to remember the order of the treble staff: EGBDF - every good boy deserves fudge.
The rhyming method is good to use when the ending of words are involved. A common example is "Columbus sailed the ocean blue in fourteen-hundred ninety-two."
The chunking and organization device is used when you have too many items to remember so you put it into chunks. A phone number is divided into 3 3 and 4. People can remember this better than all 10 digits.
The imagery device is usually used with 2 words, for example yellow sun, green grass, and blue sun.
These are the many common devices that are also very effective.
A few years ago,Margo A. Mastropieri and Thomas E. Scruggs conducted an investigation on the effectiveness of mnemonic techniques in helping students with mild cognitive disabilities remember U.S. states and capitals. When they came back to visit the school, a girl approached them and challenged them to ask her any state. They asked her a state and she used mnemonic devices to remember the capital. The state that they asked her was Florida, she correlated Florida to flower, and the flower was on the television, and television connects to Tallahassee. They were both surprised that a child with mental disabilities can remember something a year ago without any practice by using mnemonics.