‘Mnemonic’ is another word for memory tool. Mnemonics are techniques for remembering information that is otherwise quite difficult to recall. The idea behind using mnemonics is to encode difficult-to-remember information in a way that is much easier to remember. Our brains evolved to code and interpret complex stimuli such as images, colors, structures, sounds, smells, tastes, touch, positions, emotions and language. We use these to make sophisticated models of the world we live in. Our memories store all of these very effectively.
Unfortunately, a lot of the information we have to remember in modern life is presented differently – as words printed on a page. While writing is a rich and sophisticated medium for conveying complex arguments, our brains do not easily encode written information, making it difficult to remember.
We believe that we have a limited memory and can store only a certain amount of data and that those who are doing better are exceptionally gifted people or are born geniuses. Truth is, they are using more than one faculty to memorize things whilst we may be using just one. The capacity of human brain in terms of computer storage is 2 Quintillion bits or in other words 200 Crore Giga Bytes. Simply put, if our brain were a video recorder recording every video and sound, then for the memory to be completely full, the video camera would have to run for 300 years.
The problem is not with the memory. The problem is with the storage system, or the indexing system of the brain which we hardly ever train. Although the information is very much there, due to our negligence of not labeling it properly before storing, we are not able to recall.
With the help of Mnemonics as a tool, the students who have to memorize large amounts of data, long answers, formulae, history dates just to name a few. The recall time using the technique of Mnemonics is reduced by half hence leaving the student a lot of time to cover extra topics and prepare additional things for the same exam.
How long will you take to memorize the below list of 40 items, that too exactly in the same order ?
1. Pencil 2. Bus 3. Pen 4. Laptop 5. Phone 6. Jug 7. Water 8. Board 9. Tea 10. Certificate
11. Chair 12. Printer 13.Car 14.Glass 15.Sofa 16.Bottle 17.Charger 18.Books 19.Remote 20.Bag
21. Truck 22. Paper 23.Pillow 24.File 25.Wire 26.Picture 27.Cake 28.Coat 29.Bulb 30.Table
31. Door 32. Key 33.Shoes 34.Keyboard 35.TV 36.CD 37.Table 38.Key 39.Shirt 40.Ring
What about memorizing the same list in Reverse Order also? What about memorizing the same list in Random Order also?
A Trained Brain can memorize the Forward order, Reverse order & Random order of above the list in just 3-4 minutes.
How long will you take to memorize the below mentioned 60 digit no. ?
6 3 6 6 5 6 4 6 6 7 8 5 6 1 8 3 4 8 7 5 5 9 6 4 7 5 6 4 5 3 7 2 4 4 2 1 5 6 4 5 8 5 3 2 1 3 2 4 6 4 5 6 5 3 1 8 6 7 3
What about memorizing the same 60 digit no. in Reverse Order also?
A Trained Brain can memorize the Forward order and Reverse order of the above mentioned 60 digit no. in just 3-5 minutes.
Benefits of Mnemonics:
Mnemonics are fun tools or memory aids you can use to remember word sequence. Figures, events, face and facts, can be mastered and recalled by using memory aids, popularly known as mnemonics. In fact, using mnemonics is effective compared to other conventional means such as repetition and rote learning.
1. Improvement in Memory
Mnemonics is powerful tool that can help you improve your memory. While ordinary memorization can be monotonous, using memorization techniques can be an entertaining method to retain valuable information. Mnemonics can help enhance both your long-term and short-term memory.
2. Helps Children with Dyslexia
Dyslexia simply means reading difficulty or inability to read fluently, despite adequate opportunity and intelligence. The common symptoms among dyslexia patients are reversing numbers and/ or words, which translates to reading difficulty. However, using mnemonics can help improve reading ability in children with dyslexia.
3. Enhances Imagination
Imagination is important in order to create strong mnemonics. Our information will help us to create effective learning aids to improve our memory. When we strongly visualize and imagine a short phrase, it becomes easy to recall the information later. Moreover, we can either decide to use violent or vivid mnemonics, depending on our preference.
4. Sensory Stimulation
Mnemonics help to break monotony associated with rote learning, which make learning fun. Through using mnemonics, we can learn new language, a complex game, and even cook some unfamiliar recipes. Mnemonics are more effective with learners who have improved verbal skills. This means that students who have reading difficulties may have trouble learning new material using mnemonics.
5. Retrieves Important Information
When we try to remember something, the brain activates nerve cells used to store the information. By using mnemonics, it becomes easy to keep healthy function of the blood cells, improving your memory. Also, mnemonics help to enhance our imagination to create more ways to remember important information.
Key Benefits of Mnemonics:
- Less study, more score
- Crack Your Entrance Exam
- Memorize a list of items
- Memorize Long answers
- Memorize Mathematics Formulae
- Memorize account/economics Formulae
- Live Stress free Life
- Memorize Periodic Table
- Memorizing History dates
- Memorizing Long digit Numbers
- Memorizing faces & Names
- Sharpen Your brain