What are Mnemonics?

Mnemonic is a very general word. It is defined simply as some device which aids the memorization of something. The word comes from the Greek mnemonikós, which refers to the mind.

These devices come in a variety of forms

Many mnemonics also take the form of acronyms. To recall the spelling of the wordmnemonic, say, you could memorize the following phrase:

Monkey Nut Eating Means Old Nutshells In Carpet.

Taking the initial letters of each word spells out MNEMONIC. Of course, if you find it harder to memorise the sentence than the spelling of the word directly then the mnemonic serves no useful purpose. However such sentences are often easier to learn, especially for words with tricky spellings

This time they do not spell out a word, but each initial corresponds to a word beginning with the same letter. Such mnemonics are generally used to memorise the order of a list of items.

For example, most people with even a passing interest in astronomy are familiar with the names of the planets in the Solar System: Earth, Jupiter, Mars, Mercury, Neptune, Pluto, Saturn, Uranus, and Venus. However, with a simple mnemonic such as the one below, recalling this can be very simple indeed:

My Very Easy Method: Just Set Up Nine Planets.

Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto

In order to memorize the rules of 10, I had created fun acronyms /mnemonics.

1. Topic > Take

2. Content > Care

3. Source > Some

4. Audience > Animals

5. Rhetorical Function > Rather Than

6. Purpose > Put

7. Perspective > People

8. Positioning > Popularity

9. Impact > In

10. Visual Literacy > Vegas

Now, how about you try to create your own mnemonic.

As long as it help you remember..

Have fun!!

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