So, now that you know what mnemonic devices are, how do you go about making them? One of the most common ways that people create their own mnemonic device is to use the first letter of each word they are trying to memorize to create a whole new word or phrase.
When I was in kindergarten and we were required to learn all of the colors in the rainbow, our teacher taught us what would become my first mnemonic device – Roy G. Biv, a simple mnemonic that was in the form of a name. The teacher taught us that the colors of the rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet could be more easily memorized if we had something to associate them with. And so Roy G. Biv came into my life for the very first time – and I still remember it to this day.
Roy G. Biv is a perfect example of what a word forming style mnemonic device should be. Simple, easy to remember, and well defined enough so that you can always remember what exactly it is that you need to know so you can simply recite it on the fly.
However, not everything that you will need to remember in life can be as simple as the colors of the rainbow. What if you had to take a geography course because you found yourself on the career path to becoming a high school level geography teacher?
Trying to remember all of America’s capitals, state names and Great Lakes could become overwhelming if you simply tried to remember everything by repetition alone. Perhaps you’ve got everything covered, but for the life of you, you simply cannot remember the names of the Great Lakes. Well, a word forming style mnemonic device can come to your rescue in a hurry. Just as I did in kindergarten, all you have to do is take the first letters of the names of the Great Lakes: Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, and Superior; and turn them into a mnemonic device. Looking at the names of the Great Lakes right now, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Give yourself a second to look it over; it will come to you eventually if it has not hit you at this point.
Ok, was HOMES the mnemonic device that popped out for you? If it was, go ahead and give yourself a pat on the back. If you came up with something else, give yourself a hug because you are well on the right track to becoming a prominent mnemonic device user. However, if you were unable to make any word forming style mnemonic devices from the words that were given to you, perhaps it would be in your best interest to sit down for awhile and try to work on some more mnemonic devices before you read on.