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Mnemonic Device


Creating patterns for remembering content information, important Vocabulary, narrative structures, etc. supports the development of memories. Mnemonic devices, through acronyms or rhyming, can help to organize information and aid in Short- and Long-term Memory retention.

Use It in the Classroom

Watch how this middle school teacher uses a mnemonic device and rhythm to help students remember how to write an argumentative essay. Through this multisensory memory aid, students can independently recall all of the steps of this writing process.

  • Teachers and students can brainstorm and co-create mnemonic strategies, with older students being more capable of creating them independently as part of their study skills. Developing a mnemonic device helps students connect Background Knowledge with new information through visual and/or acoustic cues. Practicing the steps of the mnemonic until students can use it independently then leads to greater retention in Long-term Memory.
  • Design It into Your Product

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    Watch how Picmonic uses visual stories along with mnemonics to help students remember concepts. By turning concepts into stories, students can more easily retain and recall concepts from Long-term Memory.

  • Products can develop creative, content-aligned mnemonics to enhance learners' engagement and ability to organize and retrieve information. Digital products can also provide ways for learners to create their own devices with multisensory options, like colors, visuals, songs, and movement.