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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

Watch how this high school teacher uses a mnemonic device from a Dr. Seuss book to help her trigonometry students understand exponents. With this mnemonic device, students can more readily recall the different math rules for exponents from Short- and Long-term Memory.

  • 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 FOIL (First, Outer, Inner, Last) is an effective memory aid for the steps to distribute two binomials in algebra.
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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.
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