Remembering by Association
If you want to efficiently
remember something, it is necessary that it be
regarded in connection, or in
association with one or more other things that you
already know. The greater the
number of other things with which it is associated
with, the better chances you will
be able to recall it.
Two popular techniques of
association are acronyms and acrostics.
An acronym is an invented
combination of first letters of the items to be
For example: an acronym
commonly used to remember the sequence of colors in the light spectrum is
the name ROY G. BIV: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo,
Sometimes, the acronym can be
more familiar than the complete name itself, such as RAM
(Random Access Memory) or SCUBA (Self-Contained Underwater
On the other hand, an acrostic is
an invented sentence where the first
letter of each word is a cue to
the thing you want to remember. For example,
Every Good Boy Deserves Fun
is an acrostic to remember the order of G-clef
notes on sheet music - E,
G, B, D, F.
An acrostic for the nine
planets of our solar system would be My Very Eager Mother Just
Sent Us Nine Peaches (Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter,
Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto).
about these and other
more advanced techniques