Trying to remember the correct order of the colors of the rainbow? Or which way to turn your clocks during Daylight Saving Time? Or anything, really? See how much you know about how mnemonics can help.
Why would you use mnemonics?
to improve your body language
to improve your memory and recall
Mnemonics are used to improve your memory and recall.
to derive the literal meaning when the figurative meaning is different
Fill in the mnemonic: "I" before "e" except after ____.
The mnemonic for remembering spelling goes "I" before "e" except after "c." But did you know there are two additional lines? They are "or when sounded as 'a,' as in 'neighbor' and 'weigh.' And 'weird' is just weird."
True or false: Short-term memory is limited to only about seven items.
Because our short-term memory is limited to about seven things at a time, a device called "chunking" can help your brain handle more information more easily. For example, phone numbers in the U.S. are broken into 3 chunks (123-456-7890), a method for remembering more short-term information.
Which mnemonic is used to remember the order of geological time periods?
Hello! Here lies Berylie Bill, caught napping on Friday night.
Cows often sit down carefully. Perhaps their joints creak? Persistent, early oiling might prevent painful rheumatism.
The mnemonic about cows is a shortcut to recalling the order of geological time periods: Cambrian, Ordovician, Silurian, Devonian, Carboniferous, Permian, Triassic, Jurassic, Cretaceous, Paleocene, Eocene, Oligocene, Miocene, Pliocene, Pleistocene and Recent.
Olivia’s parrots actually bite, so pull finger — move quick!
Which of these mnemonics can help you remember the original 13 states?
James may declare the constitution of Louisiana civil.
My nice new car needs repainting. Maybe dark violet? No, shiny gold!
The one about car paint is a mnemonic device used to remember the original 13 states: Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.
So my father ate grapes last Tuesday, very awesome tart Napas.
Complete this rhyming mnemonic, used to remember the number of days in each month: Thirty days hath September, April, June and November. All the rest have 31, excepting February alone, which has 28, that's fine ...
There are no additional lines.
till leap year comes and goes
till leap year gives it 29
"Till leap year gives it 29" is the last part of this mnemonic.
Which of these can help you remember how to tie a bowline?
The fox comes out of his hole, runs ’round the tree and goes back into his hole.
Hold the small loop in one hand. With the other, pass the free end around the back of the loop. Now the free end (the “fox”) comes out of the loop, around the standing line (the “tree”) and back through the loop. "The silly bunny has two ears and crossed eyes; he picks his nose and pulls his ears" can help you remember how to tie your shoes. And "the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" is an alphabet cheat sheet (it includes every letter).
The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.
The silly bunny has two ears and crossed eyes; he picks his nose and pulls his ears.
Which phrase is used to remember the order of notes on the treble clef?
All cows eat grass.
Every good boy does fine.
"Every good boy does fine" is a mnemonic device to help you remember the order of the notes (lines) on the treble clef, from the bottom to top (E, G, B, D, F). "All cows eat grass" is a mnemonic for remembering the spaces on the bass clef (A, C, E, G). And "forks and chopsticks everywhere" is a mnemonic device for recalling the spaces on the treble clef (F, A, C, E).
Which will help you recall the proper ordering of the biological groupings (taxonomy)?
All cool men prefer having heavy sideburns.
Dumb kids playing cards on freeway get smashed.
There are many popular devices for recalling the order of biological groupings — domain, kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus, species — including "dumb kids playing cards on freeway get smashed." "All cool men prefer having heavy sideburns" is a way to remember the taxonomy of humans. And "some grown-ups can’t see magic ponies, but children can" is a way to remember the classes and subclasses of phylum Mollusca.
Some grown-ups can’t see magic ponies, but children can.