A mnemonic is a rhyme or an acronym used to memorize something or aid in helping the memory to remember large pieces of information. They can be of immense help to students.
I always tell my children to make mnemonics to help them remember important facts or long lists and they work wonders in helping them to learn difficult, confusing or long parts of the text in their school books..
Probably the most famous mnemonic is VIBGYOR which children use to learn the colours of a rainbow in correct order which are violet, indigo, blue, green, yellow, orange and red
Similarly, to learn the order of taxonomy in biology while classifying living things according to : Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, Species, the mnemonic Kids Prefer Cheese Over Fried Green Spinach can be very handy.
Today my 7 year old son had to learn all the things for which living things need food. There were 6 things and he kept on forgetting them so I created the mnemonic:
We need food for ASHAGE where ASHAGE meant : to be alive, be strong and healthy, be active, grow properly and have energy to work and play.
To create mnemonics, just list the first alphabets of a long list and work them around till you have a rhyme or an easy to remember word. It takes some practice but experts say that students who use mnemonics regularly score 77% more marks in tests.
How cool is that!