Math 3-6

Mnemonic Device


Mnemonic devices help students remember mathematical concepts and steps of math and classroom processes. They exist in many forms, such as acronyms, music, and rhyming, offering different ways to support retention in Short- and Long-term Memory.

Use It in the Classroom

Starting at 3:22, watch how this teacher uses a mnemonic device to support remembering the planets in the solar system. By creating a silly sentence, students can more readily recall the information from Short- and Long-term Memory. Creating such sentences can work for remembering different math rules such as those for metric system conversions and geometric formulas.

  • Teachers and students can brainstorm and co-create mnemonics to find the ones that best support their learning. Students can use mnemonics to recall important information with less effort and greater speed and can then apply these skills to more difficult mathematical content. For example, a popular mnemonic such as PEMDAS (Please/Parenthesis, Excuse/Exponents, My/Multiply, Dear/Division, Aunt/Addition, Sally/Subtractions) is an effective memory aid for solving equations using the order of Operations.
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    Learn how Flocabulary creates engaging videos that sometimes include mnemonics. This memorable PEMDAS rap provides learners a mnemonic linked to music, which further helps with retention.

  • Products can develop creative, silly mnemonics to enhance learners' ability to organize and retrieve information. When multisensory techniques, like colors, visuals, songs, and movement, are tied to information, learners are more likely to recall the information with the unique pattern or cue.