Examination Special: Revise with Mnemonics

Examination Special: Revise with Mnemonicsby Reshmi Sen Singh, a freelance soft skill and teacher development trainer based in Bengaluru.

Mnemonics are memory devices that help learners recall larger pieces of information.

The word comes from the Greek word ‘mnemonikos’ that means ‘mind’. Some familiar mnemonics are:

VIBGYOR which stands for the first letters of the colours of the rainbow in sequence i.e., Violet, Indigo, Blue, Green, Yellow, Orange, Red.

BHAJSAB is an acronym for the Mughal Emperors: Babur, Humayun, Akbar, Jehangir, Shahjahan, Aurangazeb, Bahadur Shah Zafar.

Your mnemonic could also be a sentence in another language, in Hindi for example. Group 1 of alkali metals can be remembered as ‘LiNa Ki Ruby Cse Friendship hai’. This list includes Lithium (Li), Sodium (Na), Potassium (K), Rubidium (Ru), Caesium (Cs) and Francium (Fr).

The four properties of matter can be remembered using this mnemonic: Monkeys Dance Very Well (Mass, Density, Volume, Weight).

To remember the names of the planets of the Solar System–Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto–we use the phrase, ‘My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizzas’ (including Pluto) or ‘My Very Excited Mother Just Served Us Nachos’ (without Pluto).

So now get creative with mnemonics and remember that the more ridiculous it is, the better and longer you will remember it!

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