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Examples of Mnemonics

mnemonic is a tool to help remember facts or a large amount of information. It can be a song, rhyme, acronym, image, or a phrase to help remember a list of facts in a certain order.

Examples of Order Mnemonics

  • The order of taxonomy:

Kids Prefer Cheese Over Fried Green Spinach
(Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, Species)

  • Treble clef notes:

The lines on the staff: Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge (E, G, B, D, F)
The spaces on the staff: Furry Animals Cook Excellently (F, A, C, E)

  • Bass clef notes:

The lines on the staff: Good Boys Do Fine Always (G, B, D, F, A)
The spaces on the staff: All Cows Eat Grass (A, C, E, G)

  • Order of Planets:

My Very Excited Mother Just Served Us Nine Pies
(Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto)
Or without Pluto: My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Noodles

  • Order of math operations:

Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally
(Parentheses, Exponents, Multiply, Divide, Add, and Subtract)

  • Order of color coding on electronic resistors:

Bad Beer Rots Our Young Guts But Vodka Goes Well (in) Silver Goblets.
(Black, Blue, Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Brown, Violet, Gray, White, Silver, Gold)

  • The order of the Great Lakes from west to east:

Super Man Helps Every One.
(Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie, Ontario)

  •  The first eight U.S. presidents:

Will A Jolly Man Make A Jolly Visitor?
(George Washington, John Quincy Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, John Quincy Adams, Andrew Jackson, Martin Van Buren)

No Plan Like Yours To Study History Wisely.
(Norman, Plantagenet, Lancaster, York, Tudor, Stuart, Hanover, Windsor)

  • The seven articles of the United States Constitution:

Large Elephants Jump Slowly And Sink Rapidly
(Legislative, Executive, Judicial, Supremacy, Amendment, Statehood, Ratification)

  • To remember the value of pi: May I have a large container of coffee?

(The number of letters in each word equals the numerals in pi = 3.1415927)

  • The bones of the wrist:

Some Lovers Try Positions That They Can’t Handle
(Scaphoid, Lunate, Triquetral, Pisiform, Trapezium, Trapezoid, Capitate, Hamate)

Examples of Acronym Mnemonics:

  • ROY G. BIV for the spectrum colors

(Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet)

  • Pvt. Tim Hall for the essential amino acids

(Phenylanine, Valine, Threonine, Tryptophan, Isoleucine, Methionine, Histidine, Arginine, Leucine, Lysine)

  • RICE for the instructions for treating a sprain

(Rest the injured area, Ice the sprain, Compress with a wrap or bandage, Elevate the injured area)

  • FANBOYS for the seven coordinating conjunctions

(For, And, Nor, But, Or, Yet, So)

  • HOMES for the Great Lakes

(Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, Superior)

Examples of Spelling Mnemonics

  • For the word ARITHMETIC: A Rat In The House May Eat The Ice Cream
  • For the word RHYTHM: Rhythm Helps Your Two Hips Move
  • For the word NECESSARY: Not Every Cat Eats Sardines. Some Are Really Yummy.
  • For the word GEOGRAPHY: George’s Elderly Old Grandfather Rode A Pig Home Yesterday
  • For the word TOMORROW: Trails Of My Old Red Rose Over Window

Examples of Rhyme or Poem Mnemonics

Thirty days hath September, April, June, and November;
All the rest have thirty-one,
Save February, with twenty-eight days clear,
And twenty-nine each leap year
Columbus sailed the ocean blue
In fourteen hundred ninety-two
I before E except after C
or when sounding like A
in neighbor and weigh
Red sky at night
Shepherd’s delight
Red sky in the morning
Shepherd’s warning

(Red sky shows dust in the air which shows high pressure, meaning good weather is coming. At dawn, red may mean dust meaning a storm is moving in from the west, or red may mean humidity, which may foretell rain.)

Rainbow in the morning
Travelers take warning
Rainbow at night
Travelers’ delight

(A rainbow in the morning would be visible in the west, so a storm is approaching. A rainbow in the evening means the storm has already passed from west to east.)

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