Mnemonic devices can be useful for students to use to remember important facts and key principles. Mnemonics work by associating easy to remember ‘clues’ with complex or new information that need to be remembered for a whole range of school tasks and assessments such as tests and exams. Sometimes mnemonics can seem illogical, however their silly and often ridiculous wording is what makes them memorable to students when trying to retain information.

Furthermore, mnemonics involves students relating new information to what they have learnt in the past, they do this through a variety of visual and verbal cues. They are effective for memorising information. Mnemonic devices also help with retrieval of information at a later time.

There are so many types of mnemonics including songs, keyword mnemonics, acronyms and phrases.

An example of a mnemonic device is in relation to remembering the planets in the solar system.

My very energetic mother just served us nine pizzas. The first letter of each word stands for Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto.