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Create Mnemonics Because They are Powerful – comes from the Free Guide – ‘Are you frustrated by training that creates short term interest but not long term change?.

Mnemonic is a Greek word that means ‘Of memory’. Mnemonics are a very powerful learning tool because they stick with us for a very long time. For example, ‘Naughty Elephant Squirted Water’ is a common mnemonic to remember the points of a compass (NESW). When you were young, you may have used a fun rhyme to learn your ABC. Here’s a new mnemonic that you may not have heard of…

Remembering how many days there are in each month is difficult, and whilst some can remember the poem, many cannot. This simple mnemonic tells us to put our fists together and that every knuckle and space between knuckles represents a month. The months that fall on the knuckles have 31 days and the others have 30 days. Can you think of another mnemonic?

Handy Dandy Knuckle Calendar mnemonic long term memory learning

 

Action

Identify the 3 key messages from your learning and turn them into mnemonics. You may need to draw upon a creative mind to help out. Mnemonics can be visual, an image, a story, a melody, or an object. In fact, they can be pretty much anything that helps the Learners to remember. In our negotiation skills training course, we use the story of the Eskimo and the polar bear to help the Learners remember ‘No Free Fish!’.

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