Using Mnemonics to Remember New Information

Mnemonics are memory tools that can help you remember names, facts, concepts and more. They make information more memorable and distinctive through the use of associations, imagery, acronyms and other techniques.

Here are some ways to use mnemonics to remember new information:

  1. Create acronyms. Turn the first letters of a list of words into an acronym that is easy to recall. This works well for lists and sequences.
  2. Form associations. Connect an unfamiliar concept to something you already know well. Use mental images, analogies and metaphors.
  3. Make stories. Invent a story that connects items in a list in a logical or humorous way. The more unusual, the better.
  4. Use rhymes and songs. Set information to a catchy tune or rhyme scheme. Singing or rapping the information can boost recall.
  5. Visualize locations. Imagine placing items in a list in different rooms of a house or other familiar place.
  6. Use vivid images. Create exaggerated or even absurd mental images to represent concepts. The more unusual, the more memorable.

The key is to make the mnemonic distinctive and different from other information you're trying to remember. The more unusual and creative, the better it will stick in your memory.

With practice, mnemonics can become automatic memory tools that help you recall names, facts, concepts, procedures and more.